Mental Filmness is a Chicago-based film festival showcasing films about mental health. The festival is dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing stories and promoting empathy for those who live with a chronic mental health disorder or those who have experienced a mental health issue.
We are especially interested in challenging stereotypes, showing different perspectives, and informing and enlightening the general public about mental health.
We define “mental health” as a broad umbrella that encompasses any issue related to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, or our overall mental fitness.
Mental Filmness had its premiere in Chicago at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue, on October 12th and 13th, 2019, the weekend after World Mental Health Day. Comfort Station is an award-winning, historic multidisciplinary art space in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with several followers. Mental Filmness was free of charge, and attracted a dedicated audience who enjoyed the films as well as some visiting filmmakers.
Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Chicago, which was in the process of cautiously moving out of a shelter-in-place order, Mental Filmness hosted the 2020 as well as the 2021 festival on the Eventive platform Mental Filmness | Mental Filmness (eventive.org). We’ve had a great experience with Eventive reaching a wider audience and plan to continue hosting a virtual festival there in 2022 from October 8th, 2022 through November 6th, 2022. If surrounding circumstances permit it, we may also host a small gathering in Chicago. Please check back her for further details.