Submit your short film on MENTAL HEALTH and help break the stigma. We collaborate with a variety of psychologists, psychiatrists and many other professionals in this field to create a space where creativity, filmmaking and professional evaluation come together to help foster empathy and change the depiction of mental health conditions in film for the better.

The three winning short films will be awarded with the GREEN RIBBON and prize money. An honorable mention film will be awarded with the GREEN RIBBON as well.

SUBMISSION
1. Submission: September 1, 2022 - February 14, 2023
2. Submission must be done via filmfreeway.com
3. The film MUST depict a mental health-related topic. (For reference check out the program 2021 and 2022 on https://www.gomentalfilmfestival.com/festival )

REQUIREMENTS
1. Must be a mental health topic-related film. All genres are welcome
2. Submission MUST contain a written director's statement explaining the relevance to the topic of mental health. Otherwise, the film will not be considered. (Minimum number of words: 40-300)
3. Short Director's Biography (40-300 Words)
4. Film Synopsis
5. Maximum film length 25 minutes (24/25 frames per second)
6. Formats must be high quality - HD 720p or above
7. English subtitles are required (even if the original language is English)
8. No promotional films (no advertisements, marketing films, etc.)
9. It has to be guaranteed by the filmmaker that no harm was done to the cast in case of scenes containing acts of violence or intimacy. Please include a short statement in the director's statement.

SELECTION
The organizers will appoint a selection committee that will be in charge of the final selection for the competition. The committee will consist of both film experts and psychologists and psychiatrists.
1. Final selection screenings from February to March by the jury
2. Entrants will be notified of the selection results no later than April 1, 2023.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED
1. The films will be screened online.
2. A smaller selection of films will be screened at a local Berlin cinema.
3. Go Mental! is authorized to use a short excerpt (max. 2 minutes) of the film for marketing purposes of any kind.
4. All film and music rights and clearances must have been obtained by the filmmakers (in accordance with copyright laws)
5. You cannot withdraw your film from Go Mental! after selection by the Go Mental!-selection committee.
6. We WON'T pay a screening fee.
7. For the online version of the festival we WON'T do geo-blocking.

REQUIREMENTS AFTER SELECTION
1. Director's statement in video form (1 to 2 min. max.) for screening purposes. This must be submitted after selection.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
On-location screenings of the film festival will take place from May 25 to May 27, 2023.
The on-location screenings will be live-streamed via Movies Everywhere.
The online version of the festival will run from May 28 to June 7, 2023.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to write an email to gomentalfilmfestival@gmail.com.
and follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gomentalfilmfestival/

All the best,
Elisabeth & Maria.

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  • Antony Petrou

    Perfect festival experience from start to finish.
    5 Star communication. Highly recommended.

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words and feedback Antony. It was a true honor to present THE SOUND at the festival this year. All the best for the future. :)

  • Joel Ängeby

    Sadly I wasn't able to attend the festival in person, but it totally blew away my expectations! The films where very well curated and you could really see and feel the amount of passion that went into making this film festival a reality.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words Joel. We wish you all the best for your future projects. :)

  • Daniel Kennedy

    I applaud the purpose and team behind the Go Mental! International Short Film Festival. It was such a pleasure to participate with my film "Living Through It." Thank you.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much. We appreciate your feedback and wish you all the best. :)

  • Patricia Beckmann Wells

    A necessary festival reminding us of the power of communication. A very kind and communicative festival with an eye for special work. :D I hope they grow bigger and bigger each year as they share the message.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Patricia. We wish you and Peter all the best for the future. :)

  • Friendly communication and very welcoming atmosphere - was impressed from start to finish! Thank you for featuring us!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, John. It was an honor to present your short film at our film festival this year. We wish you all the best for the future! :)