Mental Filmness just set up our new call for entries! We will begin accepting submissions starting January 1, 2021 through August 15, 2021. You can submit to our Filmfreeway page at

Mental Filmness will charge a small entry fee of $10 for Mental Filmness 2021. Entry fees will be used to offset streaming and other costs. Any leftover money will be donated to NAMI.

That being said, our ultimate goal is to keep the festival as accessible as possible for a community that may already be disenfranchised and struggling, and to accept as many voices as possible within that community. Any requests for waivers of the fee should be addressed to and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please ensure before submitting that your film adheres to our guideline of portraying mental illness in a realistic and empathetic way.

Mental Filmness will definitely host a virtual festival using the platform we did last year, Eventive: Mental Filmness | Mental Filmness ( We had a good turnout for Eventive last year, with viewers all across the globe. If it is possible to host a small gathering in Chicago by October of next year, we may aim for that as well, but we are monitoring that on a situational basis. For both events we will plan the opening night for October 9th, 2021, the Saturday evening before World Mental Health Day. The virtual festival is planned to run until November 1st, 2021.

By participating in Mental Filmness, you will become an exciting part of the community surrounding Chicago’s first film festival based around mental health.

Our festival will continue to give out awards based on some of our objectives. There will be a Stigma Breaker award for the film we feel most effectively battles the stigma of mental illness. There will be a Realism Award for the film we feel most realistically depicts its condition. There will be an Empathy Award for the film that we feel best promotes empathy for mental illness. There will be no cash value for these awards.

Mental Filmness proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.