In our intimate, small and independent setting, we celebrate half a decade of hosting the Malaysia Mental Health Film Festival every October 10. Last year, our event blossomed into a modest physical gathering, thanks to our dedicated venue partner.

The escalating visibility of mental health challenges in the media has ignited an even fiercer determination within us to ignite the flames of mental health awareness.

Our mission is clear:

1. Illuminate the realm of mental health through the captivating medium of short films and videos.

2. Cultivate an environment where individuals facing mental health battles can find solace, inspiration, and empowerment through a diverse range of engaging on-the-ground activities.

3. Champion the cause of dismantling the stigma surrounding mental illness, underscoring that there are welcoming platforms where individuals can freely express their concerns.

Best International Short Video Cash Prize $100 or equivalent
Best Local Short Video Cash Prize RM250

All films MUST follow the following rules:

1. Provides an inspiring voice for social justice and human rights for people with mental health;

2. Highlights positive contributions made by mental health recipients;

3. Fights stigma and defies stereotypes associated with mental health; and

4. Shares real-life stories of people with mental health concerns

Films MUST be about hope and recovery, which includes but is not limited to:

1. Anxiety

2. Depression


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

Film Requirements:

Spoken Language: Films MUST be in English spoken language or Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia spoken language. Films other than in English language must have English subtitles.

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)
HD Format

Overall Rating
  • The organisers really need to make clearer what exactly this festival is to filmmakers before we even submit, and improve communication afterwards.

    Our film was selected, then a few weeks later was switched to not selected. I emailed to check what was happening and was told they'd check with the judges, and soon after, selected again! But apparently selected doesn't mean screening? Only the finalists screen.

    This might be a great festival to attend, but the whole process is confusing and I still have no idea exactly what meaning our film being selected has, since clearly it doesn't mean screening.

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the comment. We take note and improve from time to time.

  • Dear Malaysia Mental Health Film Festival

    Thank you for an incredible film festival experience. It was an honor to be part of such a remarkable event. The hard work of the festival team, the dedication of the jury members, and the support of the audience made it truly unforgettable. Grateful for the opportunity to showcase my film. Looking forward to future editions.

    With heartfelt thanks,

    Ahmad Shah

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for sharing your story and the support.

  • Great Fest, great people, everyone was kind and always kept in touch, very profesional.

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Gracias senor.

  • bisflix official

    Fantastic. One of the few festivals which really highlights the important of mental health and issues. Congrats.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the support bisflix.

  • Ronald James Baculo

    This is such an important and timely film festival and I'm honored to have our short film featured here. May the festival organizers continue their service in spreading mental health awareness and allowing visual storytellers like myself to share our films and message.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ronald. We certainly are doing our best to spread the words. And congratulations!