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. 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 festival on the Eventive platform Mental Filmness | Mental Filmness (eventive.org). We had a wonderful experience with Eventive and plan to host the festival there from October 9th, 2021 through November 1st, 2021. If safety and restrictions permit it, we may also host a small gathering in Chicago. Please check back her for further details.