We invite you to gather at the CCA in Glasgow for our four-day film festival, opening with our annual International Film Awards. 

We are excited to announce that the live event will be hosted by award-winning Glasgow-based artist and director Adura Onashile, known for BAFTA nominated short Expensive Shit and currently in post-production on debut feature Girl. It takes place on Thursday 12th May from 7pm-9pm.

It marks the first time in three years that we’ve been able to welcome filmmakers and special guests to our International Film Awards in person. Join us to celebrate their achievements in mental health filmmaking and engage in vital conversations about their films and the stories behind them.

This year’s remarkable winners cover documentary, drama, animation and experimental film, and were selected from over 350 submissions to our competition. They explore a diverse range of themes, looking at mental health and wellbeing in relation to age, family relationships, loneliness, neurodiversity, race, trauma and sexuality.

Stories include a unique rural suicide prevention initiative, an intimate therapy session, and a mother battling to find adequate healthcare for her son.

Join us to hear more about these wonderful examples of mental health filmmaking and meet the people behind them. We are thrilled that all award-winning directors listed below and several participants from their films will be joining us on the night. At the end of the event, we will reveal the winner of the Grand Jury Prize and afterwards there will be a reception at CCA's Saramago Cafe Bar. 

Click here to book your place for the International Film Awards. Each of the award-winning titles and many more selections will be screened during our film programme in Glasgow, from 13th to 15th May. Explore the full programme here


2022 Award Winners

ANIMATION

On the Surface, Fan Sissoko, Iceland

Swimming in the Icelandic sea provides a space for healing for a young black woman as she relives her pregnancy and postnatal depression. 

Screening as part of Family Ties

ANTI-STIGMA

Nice to Meet You All, Guen Murroni, United Kingdom

Creative documentary in which a survivor of human trafficking living with dissociative identity disorder celebrates her new life and freedom. 

Screening as part of Beautiful Minds

CARE

A La Folie, Léa Luiz de Oliveira, France

A single mother whose son has been diagnosed with schizophrenia reflects on what it means to be a mother and a carer.

Screening as part of Who Cares?

EXPERIMENTAL

Prosopagnosia, Steven Fraser, Scotland

An expressive animated documentary exploring the director’s personal experiences with face-blindness through the contents of a memory box.

Screening as part of Made in Scotland

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

I’ll Stand By You, Virginija Vareikyte and Maximilien Dejoie, Lithuania

Two women, a psychologist and a police officer, embark on a challenging mission to reduce the record suicide numbers in their rural hometown.

Screening at the CCA on 13 May at 1.30pm

HUMAN RIGHTS

Uncle, Michelle Jones, United Kingdom

Director Michelle Jones tells the story of losing her uncle Kenneth Severin, a young black man who died in police custody while experiencing mental illness.

Screening as part of Who Cares?

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

At the Feet of My Mother, Vincent Sparreboom, Netherlands

Lucien gains the strength to confront his childhood trauma in this emotional journey through a family constellation therapy workshop. 

Screening as part of Family Ties

SHORT DRAMA

Too Rough, Sean Lìonadh, Scotland

Screening as part of Made in Scotland

VOICES OF EXPERIENCE

Killing Myself Laughing, Maria Viola Craig, Scotland

Now in her 70s, Margaret recounts her hopeful journey through mental illness, recovery and self-acceptance, aided by the famous clown doctor Patch Adams.

Screening as part of Made in Scotland


International Film Awards

 

 

International Film Awards
We invite you to gather at the CCA in Glasgow for our four-day film festival, opening with our annual International Film Awards.
The ceremony marks the first time in three years that we’ve been able to welcome filmmakers and special guests to the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Join us to celebrate their achievements in mental health filmmaking and engage in vital conversations about their films and the stories behind them.
This year’s remarkable winners were selected from over 350 submissions to our competition. They explore issues across diverse themes and contexts, looking at the ways mental health intersects with age, neurodiversity, race, and sexuality. The stories featured include a unique rural suicide prevention initiative, an intimate therapy session, and a mother battling to find adequate healthcare for her son.
Join us on Thursday 12th May to hear more about these wonderful pieces of mental health filmmaking and meet the people behind them. You can watch all the award-winning and many more selections during our film programme in Glasgow, from 13th to 15th May.

ANIMATION
On the Surface, Fan Sissoko, Iceland
Swimming in the Icelandic sea provides a space for healing for a young black woman as she relives her pregnancy and postnatal depression.
Screening as part of Family Ties

ANTI-STIGMA
Nice to Meet You All, Guen Murroni, United Kingdom
Creative documentary in which a survivor of human trafficking living with dissociative identity disorder celebrates her new life and freedom.
Screening as part of Beautiful Minds

CARE
A La Folie, Léa Luiz de Oliveira, France
A single mother whose son has been diagnosed with schizophrenia reflects on what it means to be a mother and a carer.
Screening as part of Who Cares?

EXPERIMENTAL
Prosopagnosia, Steven Fraser, Scotland
An expressive animated documentary exploring the director’s personal experiences with face-blindness through the contents of a memory box.
Screening as part of Made in Scotland

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
I’ll Stand By You, Virginija Vareikyte and Maximilien Dejoie, Lithuania
Two women, a psychologist and a police officer, embark on a challenging mission to reduce the record suicide numbers in their rural hometown.
Screening at the CCA on 13 May at 1.30pm.

HUMAN RIGHTS
Uncle, Michelle Jones, United Kingdom
Director Michelle Jones tells the story of losing her uncle Kenneth Severin, a young black man who died in police custody while experiencing mental illness.
Screening as part of Who Cares?

SHORT DOCUMENTARY
At the Feet of My Mother, Vincent Sparreboom, Netherlands
Lucien gains the strength to confront his childhood trauma in this emotional journey through a family constellation therapy workshop.
Screening as part of Family Ties

SHORT DRAMA
Too Rough, Sean Lìonadh, Scotland
Screening as part of Made in Scotland

VOICES OF EXPERIENCE
Killing Myself Laughing, Maria Viola Craig, Scotland
Now in her 70s, Margaret recounts her hopeful journey through mental illness, recovery and self-acceptance, aided by the famous clown doctor Patch Adams.
Screening as part of Made in Scotland