A New Film Festival to Add to Your Calendar – Au Contraire Film Festival



Most out there will not be aware that amidst the wealth of film festivals this city hosts we have one that deals with mental illness. Au Contraire Film Festival (ACFF), founded by Philip Silverberg, is about to embark on its third edition and provides a platform for short and feature length films that deal with mental illness and the topics that surround it. Many of the films are edgy while all will be thought provoking. The themes this year are Challenge the Myths and Change the Perspectives.


Showing its relevance and strength the festival continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This year’s roster of films were selected from over 400 submitted and hail from around the world. A focus of the festival is to provide a venue for discussion, so after every screening there will be talks on different subjects having to do with mental illness. The films, eight shorts and three feature-lengths, will be in English and French.


The opening film this year is the Canadian premiere of writer/director Paul Dalio’s Touched with Fire. It stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as manic depressives who meet while at a psychiatric hospital. Their romance is set against the backdrop of the beauty and horror of their illness. Dalio will be at the screening and will host a post-screening discussion panel. Several films will tackle the subject of mental illness and suicide. All take a different look at the subject. The films are from different countries United States, Ireland, Holland, and United Kingdom. Youth and anxiety is the central topic of ACFF’s Youth Awareness Program with the film All We Ever Wanted from Holland being screened for Montreal area high school students. One of the subjects of the film, Emiel, will be on hand for the discussion after the screening. To close things will be The Living Museum from the United States, which deals with mental illness and art.One of the co-founders of The Living Museum Janos Marton will be part of the post-screening discussion.


For the full screening schedule and to buy tickets click here.


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