The OLIVE Film Collection

OLIVE stands for the Online Library of Interactive Video and Engagement and is the world’s most diverse collection of short films about mental health issues. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students. These films are intended for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE Alone or With FriendsGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Solo o Con Amigos

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE With Your Students or ChildrenGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Con Sus Estudiantes o Hijos

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Breaking Through the Darkness
Nov
2022
Finding hope in the most unconventional of ways, Anthony "Lamaroc" Lawang shares his unique story of dealing with depression and suicidal tendencies through breakdancing. Content heads-up: discuss...
PROMISE
Jun
2022
PROMISE
An experimental dance film exploring one person’s abuse of their opioid prescription following the death of their husband, and their eventual attempt to find recovery. Content heads-up: Movement-based references to use of pills
Save the Queen
Jun
2022
Save the Queen
The lad just likes a pint down the pub, a laugh, a good knees up – nothing wrong with that, is there? Save the Queen is a spoken word film exploring the undertones of British drinking culture through the reality of a young man hovering on the edge ...
Six Feet Apart
Jun
2022
Six Feet Apart
A queer Latinx man in a Texas border town remembers, and buries, his father within an unbearable reality. Content heads-up: Depiction of the loss of a father, internalized homophobia, brief physical aggression, funeral during a pandemic
Queer Fear
Oct
2022
Queer Fear
Queer Fear is a short film that will take you through Carla's 28 year journey of struggling to accept her sexual identity. An emotional breakdown followed by a global pandemic, forced her to sit in isolation with her thoughts after years of avoiding ...
Shift
Aug
2022
Shift
During a pandemic, a nurse decides to live in her car to protect her family. The cheesy greeting cards that her son send her begin to take on a special importance. Content heads-up: depiction of isolation, living in car, separation from family...
Beautiful Madness
Jul
2022
Beautiful Madness
Beautiful Madness is a short film that explores Bipolar Disorder and how creativity and inspiration can lead to healing and clarity. Content Heads-Up: discussion of bipolar 1 disorder, descriptions of experiences of mania and depression ...
Dear Nay
Jun
2022
Dear Nay
A love letter to a mother who died of cancer, from her son who followed her footsteps as a teacher. This is a poetic documentary on grief. Content Heads-Up: loss of a parent to cancer, images of a funeral, images of end of life care ...
My Mom
May
2022
My Mom
"This is a personal story about my mom’s schizophrenia. She was from Vietnam." This film, “My Mom” was created as part of a personal project series by Chara Bui (she/her). This series contains a short film collection about mental health expe...
Back To Myself
Apr
2022
Back To Myself
A man opens up about his experience post-amputation and how he found ways to focus on supporting his mental health alongside his physical health. Content heads-up: Depression, discussion of a finger amputation
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