The 7th Edition of the Au Contraire Film Festival has been put to bed. Once again, we achieved an outstanding success. We reached for “something completely different” and we achieved our objective. Because of you, ACFF continues to grow and evolve as one of the world’s leading festivals showcasing thought-provoking films and discussions on perspectives of mental illness and addiction. Read more
The opening evening Gala presented a film produced and directed in Quebec. The personalities of the film were on stage to take this excellent film to new heights of audience interaction.
Soirée Lumière was presented in collaboration with the Société québécoise de la schizophrénie. The film “Our Lucky Hours” had its first North American screening in the presence of its French director. Our exposure to a larger francophone audience brought us new fans.
The Festival reached a variety of audiences with special presentations to Youth, Human Resources professionals, RACOR and members of the mental health community.
Our post-film reception, in the lounge of the Cinéma du Musée, provided a new and intimate venue to mingle, converse and sample our infamous desserts
This year the ACFF raised more than $60,000 towards the operating budget of UP House.
On behalf of Marcel Pinchevsky and the members of Donald Berman UP House, thank you for your participation and for recognizing the power of film to challenge the myths and erase the stigma and to act as a catalyst of change in people's perception of mental illness.
Gratefully yours. Philip
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Through the lens of our films, the Au Contraire Film Festival (ACFF) strives to erase the stigma and to dispell the myths surrounding mental illness.
ACFF is unique. We:
Purposely seek out edgy, though-provoking films from around the world which explore multiple mental-health issues from numerous viewpoints, feature in screening panels direct film participants, movie directors, producers, receivers of mental health services, mental health professionals and enlighten the audience perceptions of mental illness through participation and discussion
Join our mission of presenting films which will entertain, educate, and shake up people’s perspective on mental illness.
Films that will change your perspective on mental illness