Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and goNORTH

Donnie Darko

Tired of being a spectator? Why not bring your own talents to bear on Scotland’s latest film festival?

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is offering budding filmmakers the chance to have their work screened across the country. The winner will see their work up on the big screen in cinemas across Scotland this October, with entries considered for one of the festival’s biggest film awards.

Last year’s competition attracted over 100 independent entries from around the world, as well as submissions from across Scotland. Films can be of any length and genre, and made at any time and must not have been submitted to the festival before; they need not be about specific mental health conditions, and entry to the competition is free.

The Jury Prize, in 2008, went to Nick Higgins for Hidden Gifts, a documentary on the life of artist Angus MacPhee. Higgins won the chance to be screened alongside such critical and commercial successes as Little Miss Sunshine, Donnie Darko and Lars and the Real Girl.

For further information and to enter the competition please send an email to

If music is more your forte, goEVENTS, organisers of the goNORTH music showcase are on the lookout for music talent to submit entries with a view to performing at this summer’s Rock Ness festival, in Inverness in June. Winners will play as part of the event’s new music platform, and successful acts will have the chance to showcase their music features on the goNORTH album. This year’s programme will also include film screenings and music and art workshops.

Shaun Arnold, director of goNORTH said: ‘This year’s goNORTH promises to be the best yet and already we have been inundated with enquiries from bands and artists. The showcase offers an unrivalled level of exposure and support for budding stars. If the standard of entries from previous years is anything to go by, 2009 will be very special indeed.’

This year’s festival runs from Thu 1–Thu 22 October. For more info see and

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