AUGUST 21, 2023

Patrons & Friends Sponsorship

The Au Contraire Film Festival on mental health raises funds to support UP House and to destigmatise mental illness. This year’s theme is#outoftheboxhelping you to shift your thinking about mental illness and people living with mental health challenges.



Join us for an unforgettable evening of inspiration and artistic exploration at the 11th annual edition of ACFF, taking place on August 21, 2023, at the Hilton Garden Inn Midtown.
  1. “Dear Ani” Québec Premiere: Immerse yourself in the extraordinary journey of Keith Wasserman in “Dear Ani,” a captivating exploration of music, art, and mania. Be among the first to experience this thought-provoking film. 
  2. Québec Premieres: Discover compelling narratives, in person and on film, that shed light on various aspects of mental health.
  3. Stay engaged as Keith Wasserman and Micah Levin, along with other special guests, lead thought-provoking discussions following the screenings. 
  4. Dessert Reception: Indulge in a delectable dessert reception on the Hilton Garden Inn terrace. Connect with like-minded individuals, filmmakers, and professionals while savoring scrumptious treats. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to support our cause and be part of an evening that celebrates art, storytelling, and the power of mental health awareness. 
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to support our cause and be part of an evening that celebrates art, storytelling, and the power of mental health awareness.


Au Contraire Mental Health Film Ongoing Programs

Our festival is more than just a one-time event. Yearly we provide free youth awareness programs to education institutions all over Canada, helping to promote education and understanding of mental health issues. And we don’t stop there – we also work with corporations and with various community organizations to share our film library and add value to their goals.  

Join us in our mission to challenge myths and stereotypes, raise public awareness, and promote social change. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something truly special! 


Patron and Friend Packages







La Coupe

La Coupe Lumière, made of lacquered film strips and crafted by internationally known Quebecker Colin Schleeh, is an annual award of appreciation from the hundreds of organizations within the Montreal mental health continuum. It recognizes the valuable contribution made by an individual to ultimately alleviate the suffering of those that live with mental illness, through programs, policies, facilities and innovation.

La Coupe Lumière Recipient

Dr Amal Abdel-Baki is a Psychiatrist and the Head of Youth Mental Health Services at CHUM, as well as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal. She completed her medical and psychiatric training at Laval University and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Montreal. Her research interests include early detection and intervention for psychosis in young people, non-pharmacological interventions for their recovery, and access to mental health care for vulnerable and marginalized youth. She has been the principal investigator for several research projects and has presented her work at various international conferences.

Dr Abdel-Baki has also co-founded three associations, including the Association of Programs for First Psychotic Episodes (AQPPEP), to support the development of early intervention programs. Her work has received recognition, including a mention of honor from the Ministry of Health and Social Services for the EQIIP SOL program she established to improve access to mental health care for homeless youth with substance use disorders, and a finalist position for the Partnership Award for the 2020 edition of the Close Proximity Intervention Network for Homeless Youth (RIPAJ) that she co-founded.

2022 Sponsors & Patrons

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the donors and sponsors who have been instrumental in making the ACFF a resounding success. Your ongoing support has played a crucial role in our mission to destigmatize mental health and provide vital support to UP House Montréal. Your generosity has allowed us to create a platform where important conversations take place, raising awareness and understanding surrounding mental health. With your continued support, we can continue our efforts in making a positive impact and fostering a community that embraces and supports mental well-being. Thank you for being the driving force behind our achievements and for helping us make a difference.”

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