Mad about Movies
The Changing Minds team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the 2014 ‘Mad About Movies’ Festival such a success! From audience members, panelists, film directors, volunteers, companies and sponsors who gave us great discounts on their goods/services, we really appreciate your generosity with your time, resources and energy… THANK YOU!
Special thanks to ASB Community Trust for funding Mad About Movies, the Academy Cinema for their amazing support before and during the festival, ‘ I Think: Creative’ for the amazing design work, as well as the ‘Show Me Shorts’ team and Phantom Billstickers.
It was fantastic to see people from different communities come together to celebrate mental health awareness through a film festival, and really highlights the need for us all to value diversity in ourselves and each other, and recognise the passions, talents and contributions that every individual can offer.
We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback about the festival; a recurring theme was the friendly atmosphere and community spirit that people experienced, and that the use of movies was a very effective method to generate discussion and awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
“It was absolutely amazing.. I totally encourage more events like this to get younger generations involved”
“Great week of movies… I learnt so much from the panelists… and so much more to learn!”
“Wonderful opportunity to learn more about mental health, how it is – versus how it is perceived.”
“I was absolutely blown away by the fantastic film festival; it has really challenged my thinking of the media portrayal of mental health… I am grateful to have been involved.”
“Enjoyed the movie… effective way to bring the topic of mental health to mind in an accessible and fun way”
“Everyone was so friendly, a great atmosphere… it was almost like a family get together.”
“Please carry on enlightening people.. ‘We are all just people…’”
“Excellent, great that it was free – definitely reduced barriers to attendance – please come back next year…”
Changing Minds is committed to facilitating events like ‘Mad About Movies’ in the future to promote awareness of mental health and addictions within the wider community. Your feedback and donations contribute to our ability to do this successfully – thank you for your support.