There’s no shortage of homegrown talent when it comes to filmmaking that addresses mental health. Through documentary, drama and animation, this selection of shorts demands that we consider what might be going on beneath a person’s surface. Whether based in fact or fiction, these local stories all urge humanity, empathy and understanding.
Tonic of the Sea
Jonathan J Scott | UK | 2017 | 8m | Documentary
A mini-documentary about one woman's experiences with mental health and sea swimming.
Short Drama Award Winner
Stephanie Zari | UK | 2017 | 25m | Drama
A naval officer returns to his childhood home in Liverpool and the scene of a traumatic incident from his youth.
Andy Mark Simpson | UK | 2017 | 11m | Drama
Magical realist drama about a lonely 15-year-old girl who starts baptising children in the local river.
Riding Through the Dark
Community Award Winner
Katrina Brown | UK | 2017 | 17m | Documentary
Elite and non-elite cyclists tell of the demons they encounter as they ride through mental and physical darkness.
Maybe It's Me
Animation Award Winner
Dimitris Simou | UK | 2017 | 6m | Animation
An animator reconstructs images from his past, revealing his love for his grandfather and the unreliability of memory.
Iain Robertson | UK | 2018 | 10m | Drama
Written by Donna Franceschild, Iain Robertson's Glasgow-set debut film focuses on a chance encounter between two strangers.