Au Contraire Film Festival

Host an in-person or virtual viewing session for students featuring short films about mental illness, hope and recovery.

Bell’s long-time partner, Au Contraire Film Festival (ACFF), is offering Canadian post-secondary institutions free access to three short films about mental illness, hope and recovery. These films can be used to organize a virtual viewing or an in-person viewing that adheres to public health and safety guidelines during the Bell Let’s Talk campaign. Through collective, yet anonymous film experiences, students can learn about mental health, question, and ultimately understand there is help for themselves or for a friend. All films are subtitled in English or French.

Live viewing is encouraged with an online platform or at an appropriate campus location. We recommend students register in advance for sessions to allow you to gather contact information and send follow up information following the viewing to promote mental health services available to students. To create a safe virtual or in-person viewing experience for everyone, it’s strongly recommended that a Student Services counsellor or other mental health professional host the session and act as the emcee to introduce the session and facilitate the question period afterwards with students. These films are not intended to be posted for casual viewing. The ACFF provides a guide to manage the viewing sessions appropriately and offers suggestions for students who could be in need of talking after the viewing.