The World Health Organization (WHO) Health for All Film Festival for independent filmmakers.


Application Deadline: 30 January 2022

Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding and encourage action so that this festival aims to contribute to health promotion and education about health.

The WHO Health for All Film Festival invites 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.

General terms of participation
i) If you are otherwise eligible, you may submit one video only to the film festival for consideration, free of charge, through the online platform on FilmFreeway at, subject to these rules.
ii) The period for submissions is from 28 October 2021 through 30 January 2022.
iii) Only videos created between 1 January 2019 and 30 January 2022 are eligible.
iv) The content of all submissions must address health issues experienced by an individual or a local, national or international group or population. In that respect, according to WHO’s Constitution, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The content of proposed videos could therefore include or address the social or environmental determinants of health.
v) Every submission must meet one of the three categories outlined below


The main competition categories for the third Health for All Film Festival will be aligned with WHO’s
main global goals for public health. For submitting a short film, the copyright owner of the film must
choose one category of competition among the three described below. For each of these three
grand prix categories, candidates can submit short documentaries, animation films or fiction films of 3
to 8 minutes in length.
 Category 1 – Universal health coverage (UHC) – films about mental health, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and other UHC stories linked to communicable diseases not part of emergencies;
 Category 2 – Health emergencies – films about health emergencies, for instance COVID-19, Ebola, disaster relief and health in war-zones;
 Category 3 – 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.

Technical Requirements

i) Every video submitted must be a final edited product: rough-cuts will NOT be considered for the selection.
ii) Submissions do not need to have been already distributed to be eligible.
iii) A Submission can be in any language; if it is not in English, English subtitles must be included.
iv) Every submission must be in horizontal format of a full HD le (1920 X 1080 pixels) compressed with MP4 codec, data-rate of 10 MB/s. In case a video is produced in square or vertical formats, the file should be inserted in the horizontal full HD format as described with black bands on left and right sides.
v) WHO takes no responsibility for submissions that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.


ii) Each prize will be constituted of a trophy and a grant as follows:
(1) There will be three GRAND PRIX, one for each category described in section 2 above. Each GRAND PRIX will be a grant of US$ 10,000.
(2) In addition, juries can nominate special prizes (listed below) for short-listed videos not receiving a GRAND PRIX. From this pool, the Director-General can choose up to three special prizes, each receiving a grant of US$ 5,000. The winners of GRAND PRIX are not eligible for special prizes. In addition, there will be only one special prize per candidate.
2-1 STUDENT PRIZE: for videos of 3 to 8 minutes long produced by students who are legal adults in their country and enrolled in formal education, including audio-visual and film- making schools.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the WHO Health for All Film Festival


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