Submissions are now OPEN for the International Film Competition at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2021, led by the Mental Health Foundation

We invite filmmakers to submit films that explore mental health, and the various ways that this term can be understood and reflected. The work can address specific mental health issues, but the festival is also keen to encourage innovative and diverse perspectives. The competition is open to both short and feature films in any genre or style, which feature mental health as one of their primary themes. 

All films submitted to the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival will be eligible to win a prize at the International Film Awards. Award-winning films will be selected by a jury comprised of people with backgrounds in film, in mental health, or both. They will be honoured at our annual ceremony and screened during the festival.

Award-winners from SMHAF 2020 included Certified Mail, an Egyptian drama by first-time director Hisham Saqr, Home, directed by Jen Randall about the adventurer Sarah Outen, and That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore by Scottish director Hannah Currie, which also won the BAFTA Scotland for Best Short Film. The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to DELTA 7EVEN, which follows a post-punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities whose united strength and enjoyment of making music help them come to terms with the heartbreaking death of one of their band mentors. 

Submissions must be made through our FilmFreeway page. The submission fee is $8 (£6) for short films and $12 (£8) for feature films, which helps us to cover the cost of running the competition. If you would find it difficult to afford the submission fee for any reason, you are welcome to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a waiver code. Please provide a brief description of the film when doing so to ensure it is eligible for submission.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the submission process. We look forward to receiving your submissions and please help us to spread the word about the festival.