2020 Festival Programme
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves and pursue education beyond high school.
My Skinny Sister
Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal.
No angel, a young man’s life changes when he takes an elderly stranger’s spare room and soon finds himself caring for her as she develops dementia. What follows is a poignant and heart-warming story.
Odette is 8 years old, she likes to paint and laugh. Of course, she trusts adults, why would she be afraid of her parent’s friend? Why would she refuse to play “little tickles” with him? Odette doesn’t…
Land of Not Knowing
In this bold new experimental documentary, four artists talk about suicide: the role the recurring thought has played in their life and art, the struggle to understand and overcome the...
Wen Guang (Kyo Chen) is a young man who is autistic, he cannot focus and struggles to socialize with other people. His younger brother (Ernest Chong) wants him to look for a job so they can share their burden.
Teenager Nicolas Sheff seems to have it all with good grades and being an actor, artist, athlete and editor of the school newspaper. When Nic’s addiction to meth threatens to destroy him, his father does whatever he can to save his son and family.
Feature Film Pairing: Freedom Writers (Feb 27)
SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition 2020 Winner
The winning film of the SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition will only be announced on February 26, and will be played on the Opening Night of SMHFF 2020.
More information: https://smhff.com/festival-info
Feature Film Pairing: My Skinny Sister
SkógafossNiels Bourgonje / Netherlands2017 / 10 minutes / Dutch / Rating TBASynopsisWhile on vacation with his girlfriend, Gijs receives a phone call from his mother, that reveals her troubled mental state and their complex relationship.2018 Canada Shorts Film Festival Winner for Award of Excellence2018 Dublin Independent Film Festival Winner for Best DramaScandinavian International Film Festival Winner for Best Film
Feature Film Pairing: Little Tickles
KaeruDenise Chan / USA2019 / 6 minutes / English / Rating TBCSynopsis“Kaeru” is a 2D animated short about a darkroom photographer named Mitsuko who struggles with self-doubt. Made by students at San Jose State University.2019 Changing Minds Competition Winner for Best Film
Feature Film Pairing: The Land of Not Knowing
We Are All HereHannah Currie / United Kingdom2018 / 23 minutes / English / Rating TBCSynopsisWhen Glasgow rapper Lumo takes his own life aged 21, it sends shockwaves through the Scottish hip hop community. As his family and friends struggle to make sense of his death, they uncover hidden clues in the lyrics and video diaries he left behind.2019 Glasgow Short Film Festival Winner of Audience Choice Award
Feature Film Pairing: Guang
Little StarsMike Hill / USA2015 / 13 minutes / English / Rating TBCSynopsisLittle Stars tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of young people living with life-limiting illnesses. Against the odds these youngsters are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their loved ones, working in harmony with passionate ‘palliative care’ teams. In this short film, we will meet Jessica and her family in Hospice (Singapore) and little Joseph and his mother Fiona (United Kingdom).2016 Impact Docs Award Winner for Award of Merit2015 The Indie Fest Winner for Award of Merit
Feature Film Pairing: Beautiful Boy
SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition 2020 2nd Place
The 2nd place winning film of the SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition will only be announced on February 26, and will be played on the Closing Night of SMHFF 2020.
More information: https://smhff.com/festival-info
Festival Package(Purchase 3 different film tickets)
Let’s Talk About Mental Health Package(Purchase 5 film tickets of a single screening)
Friends and Family Package(Purchase above 15 film tickets of a single screening & save 10%)
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Playfulness for Our Well-Being
This workshop will introduce participants to the power and importance of playfulness for wellbeing and learning. Through creating, playing and moving they will experience the hands on magic of the joy of playfulness. Then through the framework of the Developmental Play Pyramid they will be introduced to how play works, how it changes our neuro-biology and promotes and supports wellbeing through pre-verbal expression and exploration.
Percussive Pulse is dancing in dialogue with the drums to create early resonances within the body. Undulations of the spine, groundedness of the hips, and integrating elements of nature through play, movement, and expression. Facilitated by movement artist Chloe Chotrani and accompanied by live percussion.
Calmness with Clay
In all imperfections lie immense treasures and stories. Breathe. Relax. Explore clay-making with your senses. Simply enjoy the process. Take a step back from the busy stream of life and experience the peace and joy of working with clay.
In today’s world of ramped-up technology and connectivity, the paradox is that our deepest longings for meaningful, satisfying connection – to feel seen, understood and restored in the company of one another, are becoming more unsettled.
People are biologically wired to derive calm and nourishment in visceral experiences, where attunement occurs at a level more primary than language. This workshop is an opportunity for movement to lead the way between people, for non-verbal contact to fill in the gaps where words have failed. Through the organic unfolding and intertwining of expressions of movement, we will experience what it is like to hold space for each other, to express and receive, and to find a sense of belonging through our common rhythm. In appreciating what binds us together, we will also discover what grants us our individuality, as it is only then that we can truly meet one another.
This leads us to a second part of the workshop where we will explore our internal world of physical sensations. Becoming aware and able to tolerate our bodily signals is necessary if we were to fully understand psychological events. Through living in our bodies, we may slowly reconnect with ourselves and begin to feel more at ease in this world.
Reset and Refresh
Life in Singapore is busy, demanding and stressful; it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. At Well to Work, we’re seeing people burning out at much younger ages than previous generations. A busy, stressed-out mind can make it more challenging for your body to relax and regenerate. The SupaWell method has been shown to help calm the nervous system, which allows you to effectively manage stress and emotional responses with only minutes of regular practice a day. It is a combination of exercises based in physical practices that come naturally to every human being: breathing, vocalisations, touch and focussed awareness. SupaWell exercises are simple, easy to learn and engaging.
Learn these effective techniques to help reset and refresh your mind and body during this practical workshop.
The workshop will begin with National Gallery Singapore’s Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends exhibition (City Hall Wing, Level 4, Wu Guanzhong Gallery) and participants will reconvene in the workshop space to creatively explore and personally respond to the portraits by the artist. Using portraiture as a theme, participants will explore imagination as part of our embodied experience through the process of view-finding. This process will imbue contemplative qualities while valuing visual art as a point of inquiry. Skills in art are not required for participation in this workshop, and all art materials needed will be provided.
Taking Action Towards Personal Wellness
Taking Action towards Personal Wellness will give you first-hand accounts from Peer Support Specialists about their recovery journeys and even films that inspired them. Create your own wellness toolkit of items to bring back home, and learn the basics of creating your own wellness toolbox to discover more about yourself and actions to stay well. This activity is inspired by the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which was created by Mary Ellen Copeland, an author, educator and mental health recovery advocate in the USA.
Yin Yoga with Sound Healing
Yin Yoga is a slow paced style of yoga where the posture is held and maintained for 3-5mins or longer. In this practice, we apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. This is a more meditative yoga where the practice opens the organ meridians of the body to promote deep healing and regeneration. It brings balance and calmness to the body and mind.
The session is accompanied by sound healing from the Tibetan singing bowls. Sound healing promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, balances your chakra and re-energize your auric field.
Everyone is welcome to experience the session. No age limit or prior yoga experience is required.
RAW: Relating Authentic World - Connect beyond Small Talk
Do you sometimes feel lonely and disconnected, being caught up in the fast paced life? Do you yearn for real connection beyond the superficial and digital emojis, but feel insecure, afraid of rejection and judgement? If you said yes to any of the questions above, this workshop is for you!
RAW Connect beyond Small Talk is a 2 hour workshop where participants play Authentic Relating games which are fun, engaging, and heart-opening. With our trained facilitator guidance, it is an intimate, safe space to practice taking risks in relating (connecting with others).
During the workshop, you will experience deep, present connection with strangers. You will be invited to explore—to the degree you are willing—the edges of what you think you can know about yourself, others, and what is possible in relationships. At the end of the workshop, you will bring home helpful relating tips.
SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition
Launched in 2019, the SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition encourages youth to challenge the stigma of mental illness & dementia in Singapore through a short film production.
This competition featured workshops with film industry experts and mental health/dementia organisations to provide accurate and precise information about Singapore’s mental health landscape. The short films had to feature at least one of these five topics: youth mental health, suicide & depression, caregivers, dementia and creative expressions.
The winning short film will be screened on the Opening Night of the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2020.
Additionally, it will be screened at the New York City Mental Health Film Festival (New York, USA) and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (Toronto, Canada).
Finalists of the Inaugural SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition
Film Industry Experts:
Mental health/Dementia Agencies:
Sponsors of the SMHFF Short Film Youth Competition
The Jardine Matheson Group companies in Singapore are: Jardine Matheson (Singapore), Jardine Cycle & Carriage; Cycle & Carriage Singapore, Jardine Engineering Corporation; JOS; Innovix Distribution; Schindler Lifts (Singapore); Gammon Construction; Hongkong Land; MCL Land; Mandarin Oriental, Singapore; Dairy Farm Singapore (Cold Storage; Giant; Guardian Health & Beauty; and 7-Eleven); Maxim’s Catering Limited, a company incorporated in Hong Kong; Genki Sushi Singapore; and Starbucks Singapore.
MINDSET Care Limited (MINDSET) is a registered charity established by the Jardine Matheson Group of companies to make a tangible difference in the area of mental health. Led by Jardine Ambassadors, MINDSET aims to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues to change attitudes, while at the same time, provide practical support to individuals, families and charitable initiatives in the mental health sector. MINDSET was awarded the Charity Governance Award 2018 and Charity Transparency Awards 2016, 2017 and 2018 by the Charity Council. MINDSET is also named a Champion of Good by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre.