Short Film 'F.I.N.E.' Wins Art With Impact's January 2017 Short Film Competition on Mental Health

Short film about depression and anxiety the 32nd addition to Art With Impact's OLIVE Film Collection

Art With Impact (AWI) is excited to congratulate Saida Saetgareeva​ for the film 'F.I.N.E.' which became the latest addition to AWI's OLIVE Film Collection. The film explores the paralyzing loneliness of depression, in particular the common small-talk situation of telling those who ask that you’re doing just “fine,” when “fine” couldn’t be further from the truth.

Saida Saetgareeva is a professional motion graphic designer and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. She graduated with honors from the digital design program at Vancouver Film School (VFS) in August 2016 and is currently doing freelance work.

Mental illnesses are often poorly understood because it is difficult to people whose thinking works differently from ours… Depression and anxiety are taken simply as sadness and worry. Art can bridge the gap.

Saida Saetgareeva, Filmmaker of 'F.I.N.E.'

When she came from Russia to Canada in 2013, she was studying Accounting at Simon Fraser University, but also bought a graphic tablet and managed to squeeze in online tutorials for graphic design between assignments and exams. After a year of self-teaching, she started illustrating for the university newspaper and won the Best illustration contributor award twice. Finally, she found the courage to leave business school behind and follow her dream.

Ever since starting at VFS, Saida has been living design every day. She is obsessed with visual strategy and actively seeking challenges that will allow her to grow as a designer. She finds meaning in creating projects that inspire and encourage others to take action. Saida believes that images are the most powerful tool for transformation and impact.

Art With Impact’s monthly film competition awards one winning filmmaker a $1,000 cash prize for a film — up to five minutes in length and of any genre — that uses mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Winning films are added to AWI’s diverse OLIVE film collection, which is used in educational outreach programs.

Source: Art With Impact