Frames of Mind Mental Health Arts and Film Festival


The first annual “Frames of Mind Mental Health Arts and Film Festival” will take place June 11- 14th 2020 at the Cinematheque theatre in downtown Vancouver. The Festival will extend the existing public educational mandate of the Frames of Mind Monthly Mental Health Film Series, a longstanding 17-year collaboration between the UBC Dept of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque (see for further details).

The planned Festival activities will include: evening film screenings related to a mental health/illness issue following by presentations and an audience Q and A ; weekend mental-health/illness-themed daytime performances, workshops and exhibitions situated within the visual, narrative and performing arts ( e.g., author readings, one-person theatrical performances, comedy, visual arts, music, and storytelling); and week-day programming for high school students comprised of class field trips to the Cinematheque for a cinematic experience and discussion related to how mental illness is represented in cinema.

The guiding premise underlying the Festival is that the arts can be utilized to engage and inform the public and thereby represent a means to reduce the stigma of mental illness.