The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature and we are marking the occasion with a selection of short films which explore the relationship between nature, mental health and wellbeing. There are inspiring stories about how nature can prevent mental health problems and support recovery, as well as meditations on how our increasingly limited access to the natural world can create challenges in maintaining positive mental health.
There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers during Mental Health Awareness Week at 5pm on Friday 14 May. Book your place here. Screening 10-16 May for UK audiences.
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Tickets will be available on a Pay What You Can basis, using our sliding scale pricing. Tickets for all feature films and shorts programmes will be available for FREE, £2, £4 and £6.
To access the various prices, please click Rent and then tick the box “I have a promo code”. Enter the promo code for your ticket price – SMHAF0, SMHAF2 or SMHAF4 – and click apply. £6 is the default price, with no code required.
Tickets must be paid for using a credit or debit card. If you do not have access to a card to make a payment, you are welcome to select a free ticket.
To access every film in the programme, you can also buy a SMHAF Pass. These are priced at £15 or £10 for concessions. The discount code to enter a concession pass is SMHAF10.
Content notes: discussion of medication, self-harm, suicide, depiction of gun threat. These are also listed individually by film.
Together-Alone: Eilika, Dorith Mous, Netherlands, 11m
Striking cinematic portrait of a young woman who finds solace in nature after her sister’s suicide and a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.
Content Notes: discussion of suicide, discussion of medication, discussion of self-harm
Listen, Aoise Tutty Jackson, Ireland, 18m, European Premiere
An expressive documentary, beautifully shot in rural Ireland, distilling the importance of listening in relation to mental health and the climate.
Once Upon A Time, Ji Yoon Park, Republic of Korea and UK, 5m
An essay film using natural imagery, diegetic sound and text to explore anxiety, depression and an unexpected compulsion to revisit the past.
Early Light, Ted Schneider, USA, 17m, European Premiere
Two veterans whose lives have been upended by PTSD place their hopes in the healing power of horses and the natural world.
Content notes: gun threat, suicide ideation
Treelines, Katie Revell, Scotland, 24m, UK Premiere
Having lived in a Scottish woodland for four years, Ludwig helps others reconnect with their inner wilderness and overcome nature deficit disorder.
The Orchids, Aaron Kelly-Penso, USA, 11m, World Premiere
Meditative and hopeful documentary in which orchid enthusiast Zac explains how he manages his anxiety by tending to his plants in a basement nursery.