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Creating more visibility for authentic mental health films

Go Mental! is Germany’s first and only international short film festival that promotes authentic and destigmatizing movies on mental health.

 

Our goal is to increase the visibility of mental health. Literally! As well as creating a space in which filmmakers, professionals from the field of psychology and psychiatry as well as movie lovers from all around the world can come together and join the conversation. We are giving filmmakers a platform on which they feel empowered to create new ways of storytelling as well as explore and unravel the many layers of mental health. Filmmakers are encouraged to engage with this challenging and compelling subject to create authentic portrayals through which stigmas are broken and empathy is fostered.

In 2022 we brought a curated selection of short films on mental health to the big screen. From May 20 to May 21 we hosted two film screenings at the cinema ACUD in Berlin. 

The event was also live-streamed on Movies Everywhere. There we additionally presented the entire selection of films from May 22 to May 29 as an online festival. A couple of short films will be made available on Movies Everywhere as VOD shortly. 

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

2020 the year Go Mental! was founded

2021 festival premiere as an online event

2022 the second year of Go Mental! as a hybrid festival

117 guests attended the live screenings at cinema ACUD 

167 people attended our online film festival versions in 2021 and 2022

1.918 short films were submitted from

114 countries worldwide. It took us

330 hours to review all these great submissions.

41 short films were selected and presented to our worldwide audience 

11 jury members have selected the films and first and second-year-winners

1.700 euros was the total prize money for all six winning films in 2021 and 2022

15 live talks with inspiring guests we hosted so far on our Instagram.

2023 will be the third year of Go Mental!. You will be able to join the online festival version and live-stream on Movies Everywhere as well as attend the on-location screenings at a local Berlin cinema

Disclaimer:

 

In case you are currently struggling with a mental health condition, we want to encourage you to always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding your condition. Additionally, the following websites and telephone numbers can be of support in urgent situations: 

 

GO MENTAL - FILM FESTIVAL

Watch. Talk. Change.

Our festival focuses on an all-around approach to portray mental health issues in various ways, to foster dialogue, empathy and to help break the stigma.

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MENTAL HEALTH & FILM

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Motion pictures are all around us in everyday life. They no longer just serve as entertainment but they often also share knowledge and information that influence the view we have on the world. Many films deal consciously or unconsciously with topics that are somehow related to mental health. Unfortunately, many of them tend to encourage stigmatization or shine an unrealistic light on mental health conditions. In conclusion, this spins and fosters false narratives and leaves many people misinformed when it comes to understanding mental health issues and disorders. Therefore, the focus of our festival rests on the possible positive impact that film can have on the subject matter at hand. For that to happen, filmmakers have to understand their responsibility in making a film on the subject. Through diverse, depth-and truthful depictions, they can help to reduce stigma and raise awareness to the importance of this issue. Furthermore, we also recognize the potential film has in terms of a coping mechanism for personal fates and experiences from the point of view of the filmmaker. Go Mental! creates the space to openly talk about all of the points mentioned above and strives to enhance the dialogue between filmmakers and experts of the mental health department.

MENTAL HEALTH - How To Define It ?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health "is an integral part of health; indeed there is no health without mental health." Therefore, one can neither understand health as a physical concern only nor should one assume that mental health refers exclusively to known mental disorders or disabilities because it includes the emotional, psychological and social well-being of each individual. In that regard, it is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote and interact with each other; and it is influenced by very different factors such as life experience, family history, hereditary factors, an individual's surroundings, socialization, but also by biological and physical health. At every stage of life, mental health plays an important role and determines how we feel, think and take decisions. That is why it concerns everyone - and is yet one of the most underrated and disregarded factors in the health care and public system.

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