MedFest Film Festival
MedFest Film Festival launches in three Irish universities
MedFest, the medical film festival, launches in Ireland this week in NUIG on Thursday 6th February, followed by UCD on 11th February and UL on 6th March. These are 3 of 30 MedFest events which will be taking place throughout the UK, Ireland, Latvia and Australia during February and March.
The festival was first brought to UCD in 2013 by the Trainee Committee of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland in collaboration with their Trainee colleagues from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, who pioneered MedFest in 2011. The success of MedFest’s Irish debut in Dublin last year led to interest from NUIG and UL students, and the expansion of the festival to the Galway and Limerick Med Schools.
The theme for this year’s MedFest is ‘Medicine from Cradle to Grave'. The evening is split into three sections, each exploring different parts of the life-cycle. In each section, 2 or 3 short films will be shown followed by a panel discussion. The panels will be made up of experts in the fields of psychiatry, neuroscience, geriatrics, paediatrics and experimental film, including Prof
Colm McDonald, Prof Billy Bourke, Prof Desmond O'Neill, Prof Gerard Loftus and Ms Vivienne Dick.
This year’s programme showcases a diverse variety of short films:
- The first session of the night looks at childhood, and hopes to raise awareness of the profound and long lasting effects of bullying in childhood and the eradication of the last 1% of polio from the planet.
- In part two, the films address medicine in adulthood by a short science fiction film and a clip from a documentary on a man recently diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- Finally medicine and the elderly is examined, focusing on a lady suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia and two visionary surgeons as they recount their invention of a prosthetic heart implant.
'This is the second year for Medfest in Ireland. The Trainee Committee have already been really
been impressed by the initiative shown by medical students nationally who are both interested in
psychiatry and in facilitating the event on campus'
said Dr Eric Kelleher, Chair of the Trainee Committee. 'It is a really interesting programme and we look forward to lots of lively discussion and debate at every event'.
The aim of MedFest is to explore the relationship of medicine and film, highlight the importance of the doctor/patient relationship and to give students an insight into the challenges and rewards of medicine as a career.
For further see College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.
Please note that this event is not being organised by the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science. Details are posted here to help publicise the event. The School does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or changes to the event which may occur. Please liaise directly with the event organisers for further details.