The Mental Health Rights Film Festival, fostered by the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, is a short film festival and international competition that focuses on showcasing cinematographic works that deal with mental health issues in order to raise awareness of the rights of people with mental disorders and to fight the stigma associated with mental disorders.
This initiative follows on from the first Mind Rights Film Festival, held in 2014, with great success, at the Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon. It will take place in this same city, on February 25-26, 2022, within the scope of the MH Rights Project, which is supported by the Active Citizens Program, coordinated by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and funded by the EEA Grants, and counts on the collaboration of the Municipality of Lisbon.

The most important acknowledgment is the Jury Award. It will consist of a money award of 1200 Euro. In addition, the Audience Award will be granted. It will also comprise a money prize of 800 Euro. Special Mention Plaque may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury or festival staff members.

Works properly delivered NO LATER THAN January 3, 2022, dealing with the theme of the festival (see details at “Typology of products admitted”), will be evaluated for entering the 2022 MHRFF competition. Audiovisual works will be viewed and selected by a committee composed of experts. The works selected for the MHRFF will be screened at Fórum Lisboa in Lisbon with proper advertising and promotion, subject to prior notification to the authors.
The official selection will be announced approximately January 15, 2022 through FilmFreeway and published on A notification will be issued by email to the submitter or the director of the film.

Admission and participation in the festival are subject to these additional conditions:
1. that the film does not violate human rights in any way;
2. that the submitter acting on behalf of the director/producer owns all rights to the film* (including screening rights) and has not surrendered them to any distributor or any other institution at the time of entering the competition; that otherwise he would promptly notify the organizers of the Festival of the circumstances and it will be his own responsibility to obtain the necessary permission for his entry. On the contrary, the short film will be disqualified from the competition;
3. that the writer/producer surrenders all rights of use (and screening) of his short film to the organizers of the festival for the smooth performance of the same and for the duration of the event; and that accepts that the short film shall be used by the festival for promotional and cultural purposes also after the conclusion of the event;
4. that the writer/producer accepts that the preview screener shall remain the property of the festival. It will be used for educational and promotional purposes;
5. that the entrant will be responsible for all shipping fees unless otherwise stated in agreement with the festival organizers;
6. that the entrant will be responsible for any shipping insurance;
7. that the entrant has read, understood and accepted the Rules and Regulations of the competition. Entry in itself – that is run through the FilmFreeway system, where all the terms and conditions are also outlined – constitutes agreement with these Rules and Regulations.

"Portuguese data protection law" and "Portuguese Code of Copyright and Related Rights" are applied.

Overall Rating
  • April Kelley

    Incredibly grateful for the platform the Mental Health Rights Film Festival has given us. Superb communication and wonderful humans. Thank you!

    March 2022
  • Victor Abreu

    Thanks for the opportunity to screen "Milton Freire, a shout beyond history" at this festival. I couldn't be there, but I followed everything from Brazil. We're also feeling grateful for the honorable mention the jury has conferred for our short movie. I think cinema is one of the ways to fight the stigma and to build a more humanized society, that's why we're so happy to be part of this.

    March 2022
  • Melihat özdoğan ağgül

    Art knows no barriers. Art develops, liberates, heals. At the festival, I hope that we will have the opportunity to visit with our patients in the future.

    March 2022