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Recently I talked with Alex Anna who’s film Scars was showing during the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.

Alex Anna’s Scars is an intimate portrait of the directors’ own personal battles with Mental Health and Self Harming. This film, which brings awareness and stresses the importance of discussing these topics, will be having its world premiere online at Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Blending documentary and animation, Alex Anna’s courageous, distinctive, and poetic reflection of her mental health struggle brings to light a new story of self-harm that is both impactful and intensely intimate.

Director Alex Anna is a director who values cinematographic language and words in all their beauty. A queer and feminist filmmaker, she directed her first short film The Fruit of Our Womb in 2017 (as Laurie Mannessier) and uses art to give a voice to silenced subjects. Scars was produced by La 115e, a film production company based in Montreal.

Animator Clément Natiez is a Motion Graphic Designer whose love for imagination naturally brought him to the world of animation. He was nominated at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Visual Effects for his work on The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches.

Editor Valérie Tremblay is a Montreal-based editor who has worked on a variety of projects from features to short films and video clips, which have been selected to screen at numerous international film festivals such Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand, TIFF and Vallaloid and has gone on to win Awards.

To learn more about the film and where it is playing please visit