The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival turns ten this year ad features fifty films offering different kinds of insight into the lives of people affected by mental illness, personality disorders and learning disorders. Screenings are taking place in a variety of locations right across Scotland.

The festival runs from 10 to 31 October.

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SMHAFF Latest Reviews

I Wish I Was That Bird
I Wish I Was That Bird
A candid and intimate portrait of outsider artist James Condos. Filmed over a period of three years, the documentary follows James as he reveals his childhood trauma, meets other outsider artists, tries to sell his work and seeks to find his place in the community.
Lima
Lima
An animated film about a son’s struggle to keep the memory of his father alive.
Talk It Out
Talk It Out
A teacher setting up an after-school support group prompts young people to think differently about mental health issues.
Transition
Transition
A documentary portrait of a young trans man.
One Foot In Reality
One Foot In Reality
A woman discusses the impact of child abuse on her mental health in later life.
A Family Affair
A Family Affair
When Tom Fassaert’s 95-year-old grandmother invites him to visit her in South Africa, all he knows about her are his father’s stories about the 1950s femme fatale who put her two sons in a children’s home. An unexpected confession makes things more complicated than he could have ever imagined.
crISIS
crISIS
A father and son struggle with grief as bombs go off around Baghdad.
Dan And Margot
Dan And Margot
Margot believes she is being stalked and tormented by someone named Dan, but discovers she has schizophrenia. Now, she struggles to build a life as a young independent woman, while trying to reclaim the years she lost to the disorder.
Touched With Fire
Touched With Fire
A drama about two bipolar patients who feel their poetry is fuelled by emotional highs and lows.
The Carer
The Carer
An ageing actor strikes up a relationship with his Hungarian emigre carer.
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Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Features

Out of the shadows
Paul Dalio on being bipolar, Touched With Fire and the power of art.

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A Family Affair wins SMHAFF jury prize
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