The Royal College of Psychiatrists is proud to
be supporting Medfest again in 2012. Medfest, the UK’s first national
medical film festival, was established in 2011 by the College’s
Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC). Last year, over 450 people
attended nine events around the country.
Medfest 2012 promises to be even bigger and
better, with events scheduled at 16 university venues in February
and March. This year’s theme is 'Understanding Illness Through
Film'. Each event lasts two hours, during which a series of short
films and film clips will be shown. A panel of four experts,
including film-makers, scriptwriters, public health experts,
medical ethicists, physicians and psychiatrists, will attend each
event to lead discussion and answer questions from the
Medfest's target audience is primarily medical students,
but health professionals, patients and members of the public are
also welcome. All events are free to attend.
Medfest lead Dr Rory Conn said: "Not only is
Medfest a cultural event in its own right, it’s a fantastic
opportunity to promote psychiatry as a specialty UK-wide, to
educate about mental health and to challenge the stigma associated
with mental illness. Our broad range of engaging panellists will be
helping us consider the social, political and ethical implications
of how illness is depicted in film.
"We are indebted to South London &
Maudsley Charitable Trust and the Institute of Medical Ethics for
their financial support for the festival which we anticipate being
a huge success. Please come and join us for a stimulating evening’s
entertainment at your local university venue. Remember, all events
are FREE to attend, with wine and food receptions!"
Dr Peter Byrne, Associate Registrar at the
Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Medfest panellist, said: "The
College is delighted to be supporting Medfest again this year. It
really is a great way of provoking discussion about the
representation of mental and physical health on the big screen. I'm
very much looking forward to being on the panel at the event at
London on 15 February."
Other panellists this
year include psychiatrist, journalist and author Dr Max Pemberton,
director Mat Whitecross, BBC's Radio 1's Surgery doctor Dr Stuart
Flanagan, BAFTA-award winning filmmaker Andy Glynne, doctor and
stand-up comedian Dr Paul Sinha, and psychiatrists Professor Femi
Oyebode, Dr Stephen Potts and Dr Ross Overshott.
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