Health Desk- 22 Oct 2020: The World Health Organization has invited independent film-makers, production companies, public health institutions, NGOs, communities, students, and film schools from around the world to submit their original short films to the 2nd Health for All Film Festival.
Launched in 2020, the festival aims to recruit a new generation of film and video innovators to champion global health issues, according to WHO.
The inaugural Health for All Film Festival in 2019/2020 accepted 1,300 short film submissions from more than 110 countries.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, ‘Telling stories is as old as human civilization. It helps us understand our problems and heal ourselves. WHO is proud to announce the second Health for All Film Festival, to cultivate visual storytelling about public health.’
The competition categories this year will align with WHO’s global goals for public health.
Universal health coverage (UHC): films about mental health, noncommunicable diseases and other UHC stories linked to communicable diseases not part of emergencies; Health emergencies: films about health emergencies, such as COVID-19, Ebola, as well as health responses in the context of humanitarian crises and in conflict-affected settings; Better health and well-being: films about environmental and social determinants of health, such as nutrition, sanitation, pollution, gender and/or films about health promotion or health education.