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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.

This year we are bringing a curated selection of short films on mental health to the big screen. On May 20 and 21 we are hosting two film screenings at the cinema ACUD in Berlin. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are available on the Acud website.

The event will also be streamed live on Movies Everywhere. There we are additionally presenting the entire selection of films from May 22 to May 29 as an online stream. Passes for the online version of the festival are available on Movies Everywhere. For more info click here.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

2020 the year we founded the festival.

2021 festival launch.

87 people attended our online film festival.

1.800 short films were submitted from

114 countries worldwide. It took us

307 hours to review all these great submissions.

26 short films were selected and presented to our worldwide audience in two curated online streams on VIMEO.

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

700 euros was the total prize money for all three winning films.

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

2022 is the second year of Go Mental! but this time you will be able to join online and on-site: at a local Berlin cinema! We need your support to make it happen.

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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