The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States. NAMI Miami-Dade County proudly presents its 5th Annual Reel Minds Mental Health Film Festival.

Films are a compelling storytelling form that connects with our deepest sensibilities. That's why for the fifth consecutive year, NAMI Miami-Dade is showcasing a curated list of short films inspired by the lives of those who have been affected by mental illness. These narratives will share a range of life experiences meant to inspire, heal, and empower.

Each year, the film festival was SOLD OUT! This year, we are expecting it to be again sold out with over 1000 free tickets offered to the community.

• Tickets are FREE to help raise awareness and Stop the Stigma.

• Light refreshments will be served at no cost to the attendees.

Featuring live music from the band Fog Dog, with musicians that are in recovery from a mental illness.

Submission Policy

Genre: Mental Illness Short Film
(and co-occurring disorders, such as addiction, with mental illness).

Films MUST be about hope and recovery.

Mental Illness MUST be the focus topic of the film, which includes but is not limited to:

Bipolar Disorder


Postpartum Disorders

OCD (Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder)

Eating Disorders (BDD, Bulimia, Anorexia, etc)





Films that are HORROR, EROTIC, OR VIOLENT will NOT be accepted.

Experimental films are NOT accepted.

The films Should bring to light that recovery is possible. If you have any questions, please email us.

Please DO NOT submit any other films unrelated to mental illness.

Film Requirements:

Time: Minimum 4 Minutes, Maximum 25 Minutes

All films must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 25 minutes in length.

Spoken Language: Films MUST be either in English spoken language, Creole spoken language, or Spanish spoken language. No other spoken languages are accepted.

Films in Spanish or Creole must have English subtitles.

English language films that have Spanish or Creole subtitles are a plus.

Anyone, under age 18, submitting a film must have parental/guardian consent. Please contact us for more information.

All films must follow this export format:

1920 x 1080, .mp4 (H.264 compression) (Vimeo presets work well)
Square pixels
23.98 OR 24 FPS ; Stereo Sound

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