Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding and encourage action so, this festival aims to contribute to health promotion and education about health. This festival is open to independent filmmakers, production companies, public institutions, NGOs, communities, students, and film schools from around the world to submit their original short films on health.
The festival’s aim is to recruit a new generation of film and video innovators to champion and promote global health issues.
Worth of Award
- Each winner will receive a trophy, a certificate, and a grant ($10,000 USD for each category and $5,000 USD for each special prize) from WHO.
Additionally, three special prizes are attributed to some short-listed videos not receiving a GRAND PRIX. In 2022, the three special prizes include:
- Special Prize on Health Innovation – films presenting one or more innovative solutions with a proven positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people.
- Special Prize on Rehabilitation – films telling stories about the life-changing impact that rehabilitation has on people’s lives.
- Student film prize– films produced by students who can justify that the films were made during their university studies.
- Very short film prize – films with a length between 1’00” to 2’30” about any health-related topic previously described in the three main competition categories including topics like health innovation and rehabilitation.
- Only short films completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 January 2022 are eligible for the 3rd edition of the Film Festival.
- Any production made by United Nations staff members or exclusively done with UN funding is not eligible.
- A submission can be in any language; if the film is not in English, English subtitles must be included.
In submitting a short film, the copyright owner of the film has to choose one of the following categories:
- Universal health coverage (UHC) – films about mental health, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and other UHC stories linked to communicable diseases not part of emergencies;
- Health emergencies – films about health emergencies, such as COVID-19, Ebola, disaster relief, and health in conflict settings;
- Better health and well-being– films about environmental and social determinants of health, such as nutrition, sanitation, pollution, gender, and/or about health promotion or health education.
For each of these three GRAND PRIX categories, candidates can submit short documentaries, fiction films, or animation films of three to eight minutes in length.
How to Apply
All applications should be made online via the official website.
Deadline: Entries close on January 30, 2022.