MedFest 2015


What is MedFest 2015?

Medfest is a medically themed film festival run by UK psychiatry trainees.

Every Spring, medical schools around the UK and Ireland hold evening events. A selection of short films, clips and animations are shown and discussed by a panel of distinguished or famous faces before the floor is opened for audience comments.

The dual aims of MedFest are to increase interest in psychiatry and to inspire people through film.

MedFest 2014 saw exciting firsts including an art exhibition and International events in Australia and Riga.

Click here to read about MedFest 2015.



Where does it happen?

We aim to host an event in as many medical schools as possible – both in the UK and overseas – in 2014 we held 32 events.

Keep checking the site for updates on which areas MedFest is reaching in 2015.

Get in contact if you think your area needs a MedFest!


Who can come?

Anyone – the majority of our audiences tend to be medical students, though our events are relevant to all health professionals and film fans.

Members of the public are most welcome.


How much does it cost to attend?

Absolutely nothing – MedFest is largely funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, with additional funding being accrued from both national and local sources. So there is no entry fee. Most events also carry free refreshments.

MedFest does not receive funding from pharmaceutical companies.

Favorite Medfest returns for a 5th year


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 2015 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 centers 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.

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’ events one in Manchester and the other one in 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 evenet at Royal college of psychiatrists around June 2015.

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 (, @medfest2015) and Dr. Georgia Belam (@GeorgiaBelam).