Mental Ideas is producing a series of 6 short films in collaboration with Contro Vento Films depicting different mental health conditions in a minimalist art-house style. The season of shorts fuse contemporary dance, spoken word poetry, music and acting and will be shown as part of an art show in Hong Kong later this year.
The first short in the series, A Bipolar Love Story, directed by Raffaello Degruttola, has already been announced a semi-finalist at the Best Short Film Fest in Canada and is sure to be one of the highlights of the Mental Ideas Film Festival. Other shorts in the series include A Dysmorphic Love Story, A Compulsive Love Story, A Narcissistic Love Story, A Borderline Love Story and An Antisocial Love Story. The series will also include a special screening of Elementi Media’s mental health short Quadratura.
Raff recently took part as a guest on our Mental Ideas Podcast, in which he talks about his journey as a filmmaker and an actor, process, inspirations and how his relationship with his bipolar father has impacted his life. The show launches on RTHK in Jan 2020. Here’s 3 short clips of Raff talking about his influences and inspirations on the podcast.