The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival returns

Release Date: 11 September 2013

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom


The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) returns once more from 1st to 26th October presenting a packed programme of theatre, film, music, art and literature that aims to turn the spotlight on mental health.

Created in association with the Mental Health Foundation, the SMHAFF is now one of the biggest social justice festivals in the UK, encompassing seventeen regions and nearly three hundred events around Scotland, having grown hugely since its first incarnation as weekend of film in 2007.

The Festival aims to raise awareness and tackle stigma in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining. Centred around this year’s theme ‘reality’, there are events within the festival to suit all ages and tastes, from stimulating documentaries by some of the film industry’s biggest names to wellbeing cafes for parents and kids.

Highlights of the 2013 Festival include: a documentary-focused film programme, featuring captivating work from international filmmakers such as Alan Berliner and Barbara Kopple; an extensive touring theatre line-up from some of Scotland’s best known companies; a brand new weekend of literature events developed in collaboration with Glasgow’s Aye Write! Book Festival; and of course, the 2013 International Film Awards at the Edinburgh Filmhouse bringing the festival to a glittering conclusion.

The SMHAFF 2013 brochure is available now. To keep up to date, check out the festival's Facebook page or follow it on twitter.