The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is seeking volunteer submissions viewers from across Scotland to support its film programming team in the lead up to 2021. 

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF), led by the Mental Health Foundation, is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The next festival will take place in venues across Scotland and online in May 2021.

A major part of SMHAF is the annual film programme, which takes place at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts and other venues in Glasgow, with further screenings across Scotland. The film programme includes the International Film Awards, which celebrates the very best titles submitted to the competition.

Volunteer Submissions Viewers

We are seeking volunteer submissions viewers from across Scotland to support the film programming team. Volunteers will be asked to view films across various genres and styles and write a short review (max. 100 words) for each film watched. You will be provided with a template to do this and reviews will cover:

  • The quality and impact of the film
  • How it engages with mental health issues
  • Its suitability for programming at SMHAF

This role will provide experience in film curation for an important Scottish film festival, committed to using the arts to explore mental health issues and campaign for social change. Successful applicants will also be required to attend an introductory session on Zoom in October.

Time Commitment 

Volunteer submissions viewers will be asked to contribute from home from October to January on a fully flexible basis. Time commitment may depend on individual circumstances but a minimum of 2.5 hours per week or 25 hours total viewing time is preferred, with allowance for writing up comments and feedback.

What We Are Looking For

Volunteers should have:

  • Interest in mental health
  • Interest in film and/or the arts
  • Strong written communication skills

Previous experience working, studying, or volunteering in film/curation and/or mental health may be useful but is not essential. People with lived experience of mental health are particularly encouraged to apply. Volunteers can be based anywhere in Scotland. 

How To Apply

Please email Rob Dickie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your CV and a short email explaining your interest in the role by 9am on Monday 5th October. Please get in touch before applying if you have any questions about this role.