Joint leads of the MedFest Central Organising Committee, Dr Khurram Sadiq and Dr Georgia Belam, together with local liaison for the committee, Tom Dewhurst, give an overview of Medfest in conversation with Dr Howard Ryland, acting Editor of the College newsletter.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is pleased to announce the
return of MedFest – the
UK’s only medical film festival. Now in it’s
5th year, the theme of Medfest 2014 is ‘Global
Medicine & Civilizations’.
Each spring, the Medfest central committee
selects and screens medically themed short films to audiences at
medical schools across the UK.
In 2015 events will take place at over 25
medical schools in UK and, for the first time, Medfest will be
entering Europe (Portugal) along with other new territories –
with events at two centres in Pakistan, India, Canada, South
Africa, Australia and US. This year we will be holding over 30 free
events at medical schools and hope to reach a combined audience of
more than 3,000 people.
Arts & Music
This year’s theme of ’Global Medicine &
Civilizations’ have already generated a lot of interest amongst
trainees and mental health professionals abroad. This year we will
be holding two ‘Medfest Arts & Music’ in Manchester and London
in May 2015. MedFest Arts and music will be a joint collaboration
of patients, trainees and medical students. We are also planning to
have a Gala event at Royal College of Psychiatrists around June
All Medfest events are free. The majority of
MedFest audiences comprise medical students, though the events are
relevant to all mental health professionals and film fans. Members
of the public are very welcome. The Royal College of Psychiatrists
has supported MedFest since it was founded in 2011. Additional
funding comes from a number of national and local sources.
For further information, please contact the
Medfest joint leads Dr
Khurram Sadiq and Dr