Call for Entries: World Health Organization (WHO)’s 2021 “2nd Health for All Film Festival”

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  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
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  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 87504

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Submissions are now open for the World Health Organization (WHO) 2nd film festival on health. Therefore, WHO Health for All Film Festival is calling on independent film-makers, production companies, public organizations, NGOs, communities, students, and film schools from across the world to submit their original short films on health. Moreover, the festival aims to attract a new generation of film and video innovators to advance and promote health issues globally.


Submission open: Until 30 January 2021

Organizer: World Health Organization (WHO)

Open to: The target entrants worldwide

Announcement of video shortlisting result: March 2021

Notification date: April 2, 2021

Number of videos shortlist for each category: 15

Event date: May 14-15 2021

Why this festival?

WHO believes that films are a powerful tool to raise awareness, enhance understanding and inspire action; so, this festival aims to contribute to health promotion and education around health.


WHO shall award three special prizes for a student-produced film, a health educational film aimed at youth, and a short video intended exhaustively for social media platforms.

These three prizes are awarded for short-listed videos not receiving a GRAND PRIX. And, the winners of GRAND PRIX may not be eligible for special prizes, and there will be only one special prize per candidate.

The festival categories for 2021

Three main competition categories for the second WHO’s Health for All film festival will correspond to the Organization’s global goals for public health.

  • Universal health coverage (UHC) – films on mental health, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and other UHC stories relevant to communicable diseases not part of emergencies;
  • Health emergencies – films about health emergencies, for example, COVID-19, Ebola, and disaster assistance and health in the context of humanitarian disasters in war-zones; and
  • Better health and well-being – films about environmental and social factors of health, such as nutrition, sanitation, pollution, gender, and/or about health strengthening or health education.

What can you submit?

For each of these three main categories, the WHO judgment jury will accept short documentaries or fiction films (3 to 8 minutes long), short videos for social media, or animation films (1 to 5 minutes long).

Evaluation and decision-making

After the submissions close, critically-acclaimed artists from the film and music industries will evaluate/rate the shortlisted films with WHO experts and recommend winners to WHO’s Director-General, who will take the final decision. The jury composition will be announced by January 2021.

Note: For submitting a short film, the copyright owner of the film must choose one category of competition among the three afore-mentioned, which relate to WHO’s global health targets.

How to apply for this festival?

Applicants can submit their entries online.

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