MedFest 2016


What is MedFest?

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.

The theme of Medfest 2016 was:

‘Framing Trauma: Conflict and Medicine’.

In 2016 the films aimed to consider the depiction of trauma in film and its relationship with healthcare and medicine. We sought to encourage audience opportunity to reflect on the impact of conflict in a variety of contexts on both physical and mental well being and to discuss the role of both medicine and mental health care in these situations as well as considering positive coping mechanisms and resilience in face of difficulties.

Over 40 creative and successful events were planned worldwide and once again feedback was overwhelmingly positive, thank you to all who participated in running, attending or supporting local events!

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Medfest 2017

Medfest 2017 is now in the early stages of planning. If you would like to be involved as a local event lead or would like further information at this stage please contact us at

Further details on the theme and films for this year will be released in due course with events co-ordinated to run between Feb-April 2017.


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.


Where does it happen?

In 2016 events were held at medical schools throughout the UK and Ireland as well as a number of events in Australia, Europe and beyond. Each year Medfest continues to grow and reach new audiences.

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

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


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.

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Illustrations of the KCL Medfest (25/2/16) by Mao Fong Lim, 2nd year med student

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