Mental Filmness is a Chicago-based film festival highlighting works that portray a realistic depiction of mental illness. The festival is dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing stories and promoting empathy for those who live with these chronic psychiatric conditions. We are especially interested in challenging stereotypes, showing different perspectives on mental illness, and informing and enlightening the general public about mental health.

We define “mental illness” as a broad umbrella that encompasses any psychiatric diagnosis, emotional disorder, addiction, or other disorder of the mind.

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. On Saturday October 12th the festival ran from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On Sunday the 13th the festival ran from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Chicago, which is in the process of cautiously moving out of a shelter-in-place order, Mental Filmness will be a streaming event this year, likely a combination of on-demand video and livestream events. The plan is to hold the festival from October 9, 2020 through October 11, 2020. Please check back her for further details.