AWI Short Film Competition

I Do Not Blame Myself

Ben Duffy’s documentary titled “I Do Not Blame Myself” is a film about a 31 year old filmmaker with bipolar disorder who feels and finds catharsis by interviewing others with mental illness’s as well as revealing his own journey with rehab, sobriety, and self love.

Content heads up: alcohol use; bipolar disorder; stigma; discussion of schizophrenia, suicidal ideation with pills and mention of suicide attempt by jumping

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Director: Ben Duffy

Ben Duffy is a director and editor who has bled filmmaking for the past 17 years of his life. Starting off at a young age making skate videos with his best friends in driveways, he now is a filmmaker with 10 documentaries under his belt, 4 of which are feature length. "I Do Not Blame Myself" focuses on mental illness. Ben looks to continuously collaborate on new ideas, and is always open to work on projects that fuel his soul and creativity.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes unusual changes in mood and behavior. While everyone has natural highs and lows, with bipolar disorder the highs and lows are extreme,...


Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...

Substance Use Disorder

Substance abuse refers to the harmful use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and drugs. Substance use can lead to addiction and dependence, creating a condition...


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