2019 Award Winners

ANIMATION 

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

Dan Castro, UK 

Anxiety noisily interrupts a simple life in this colourful musical animation, created using digital and traditional techniques. 

EXPERIMENTAL 

On Exile, fragments in search of meaning

Jose Carlos Texeira, USA 

Attentiveness to structure and form creates space for individual voices, as ten people share their stories about living with depression. 

PERSONAL NARRATIVE & GRAND JURY PRIZE

Model Childhood

Tim Mercier, UK 

An autobiographical, partly animated, documentary about a filmmaker striving for a better future as a survivor of childhood sexual trauma. 

ANTI-STIGMA 

Evelyn

Orlando Von Einsiedel, UK 

Twelve years after the suicide of his younger brother, a director and his family walk the length of the UK in an attempt to come to terms with their grief.

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 

Irene’s Ghost

Iain Cunningham, UK

A son unravels his family’s silence to find out what happened to his mother, who died when he was three but lives on in his imagination. 

SHORT DOCUMENTARY 

We Are All Here

Hannah Currie, UK 

A hip-hop community comes together to talk about their issues and challenge stigma after the suicide of a much-loved rapper. 

VOICES OF EXPERIENCE 

Asylum

Jefta Varwijk and Jaap Van Heusden, Netherlands 

Poetic and revealing documentary in which a man recounts his experiences with psychosis as he prepares to leave a psychiatric hospital. 

COMMUNITY

An Open Door

Aoise Tutty Jackson, Ireland 

A vibrant documentary set in a pioneering community space, which comes alive through music, performance and shared experiences. 

MID-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY 

The Song and the Sorrow

Millefiore Clarkes, Canada

A folk singer prepares to pay tribute to her legendary father, who took his own life after a long-term struggle with depression. 

SHORT DRAMA 

I Love You

Victoria Thompson, Australia

Improvised drama filmed with a real life couple, exploring the impact that mental instability can have on a relationship.