August 08, 2006

India Film Festival on Schizophrenia

The Hindu, India's national newspaper, featured an article on Frame of Mind's film festival and competition dedicated to erasing mental illness stigma. Frame of Mind is a three day festival taking place October 6-8, 2006 at the Russian Culture Centre in Chennai, India. It is a portion of the International Conference on Schizophrenia (IConS) organized by Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) in association with Developing Awareness Through Entertainment (DATE).

Popular culture, lead by the film industry, has had its hand in displaying negative and highly inaccurate views on schizophrenia. One of the most blatant misconceptions portrayed is that schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder are synonymous. This festival strives to not only deal with these inaccurate depictions of the disorder, but also to help further understand the struggle and stigma of mental illness. To this end, the Frame of Mind festival will include the best feature and short films that show sensitivity to these issues.

The competition portion, which will accept DVD submissions until August 31, 2006, will award cash prizes to the top three film submissions.

“Cash Prizes will be awarded to films that demonstrate both superior filmmaking techniques and reflects the struggle to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues.”

Submission Information:

NO ENTRY FEE; Entries should be of 3- or 5-minute duration, of any genre — drama, fiction, documentary or docu-drama — and employing any techniques including animation for narration of story. They can be shot in any format but should be submitted only on DVD. Films should be either in English or subtitled in English.

Entries can be sent to ``Frame of Mind'', Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), R/7A, North Main Road, Anna Nagar (West Extn), Chennai Phone :91-44-26154704 / 3971/ 1073

Frame of Mind Homepage

SCARF Homepage

IConS Homepage

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"Film Festival to Set Record Straight on Schizophrenia" The Hindu (


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