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 will have 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 will run from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On Sunday the 13th the festival will fun 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, ensuring all accepted films will be screened before an appreciative audience. Mental Filmness is free of charge, and there will be no ticketing system; attendance will be first-come, first-served, with spots likely opening up throughout the day.