We purposely seek out edgy, thought-provoking films from around the world that explore multiple mental-health issues from numerous viewpoints, feature in screening panels for 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.
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Philip Silverberg - Founder of the Au Contraire Film Festival

I believe in the power of the medium of film and art in general. In the words of Cesar A. Cruz, I believe that “art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Therein lies the catalyst for discussion, debate, and potential change, especially as it applies, in this case, to removing the stigma of mental illness. That being said, the festival does promote a hopeful message, and many of the films strike a delicate and brilliant balance between oppressive pain and healing humour.
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Cybil Geracimo - Au Contraire Film Festival Curator

The Au Contraire Film Festival (ACFF) was founded by Philip Silverberg to educate and dispel myths about mental illness. The annual ACFF will host commnity screenings dedicated to Alzheimer's and other related disorders over the next two years. Please see the ACFF site for more information on other screenings. Les Arts et la Ville will facilitate these conversations with panellists from our community partners, filmmakers, and invited guests.

  • The community investment project What Connects Us and the National Centre for Dance Therapy are glad to invite the Montreal community to a free film screening of Dear Audrey. Directed and produced by Jeremiah Hayes, this film tells the story of Martin Duckworth and his wife Audrey Schirmer, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Free passes available! In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, October 2-8, 2022, What Connects Us-Ce Qui Nous Lie is honoured to have been selected as a community partner by the Au Contraire Film Festival. The digital edition of the film festival will take place between October 2-15, 2022, to increase awareness, promote education and eliminate mental health-related stigma.
  • The Au Contraire Community Cinema and Les Arts et La Ville will host our sixth film screening, featuring ''Ousmane'', directed by Jorge Camarotti. Les Arts et la Ville will facilitate conversations and open discussions with panellists, our community partners, directors, and invited guests.
  • The Au Contraire Community Cinema and Les Arts et La Ville will host our fifth film screenings, featuring ''You Will Still Be Here Tomorrow'', directed by Michael Hanley. Les Arts et la Ville will facilitate conversations and open discussions with panellists, our community partners, directors, and invited guests.
  • The Au Contraire Community Cinema and Les Arts et La Ville will host our fourth film screenings, featuring two short and emotional films on Alzheimer's and other related disorders. Les Arts et la Ville will facilitate conversations and open discussions with panellists, our community partners, directors, and invited guests.
  • The Au Contraire Community Cinema hosted our third film screenings, featuring two short and thought-provoking short films on Alzheimer's and other related disorders. Les Arts et la Ville facilitated conversations and open discussions with panellists, our community partners, filmmakers, and invited guests.
  • The Au Contraire Community Cinema hosted our inaugural film screenings, featuring two award-winning and thought-provoking short films on Alzheimer's and other related disorders. It was followed by an open discussion, facilitated by Les Arts et la Ville about how to maintain a meaningful and intimate relationship with our loved ones in the context of Alzheimer's and other related disorders.
  • This second film screening featured two movies striving to erase the stigma and dispel myths related to Alzheimer's and other related disorders and their carers. Les Arts et la Ville then facilitated the discussion with guests and one film director of one the movie to talk about how we face ambiguous loss and give up a sense of time when faced with the challenge of Alzheimer's and other related disorders.