The Health for All Film Festival by WHO


Applications are invited for Health For All Film Festival.

Deadline: January 30, 2020

Cost of participation: None

Location: Online

Eligible region: Worldwide (Open for all)

About the program

Film has the unique ability to make us feel. To make us laugh, cry and think. Through the creation of compelling human-interest stories, filmmakers have the potential to influence health and catalyze change. Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding and encourage action. That’s why in May 2020, on the occasion of the 73rd World Health Assembly, WHO will host the first-ever Health for All Film Festival in Geneva. 

Whether you are an amateur filmmaker seeking to tell the story of change-makers in your community through the lens of your smartphone or you’re working with a production company to promote dialogue around global health challenges and solutions, WHO wants to see your story.

The Health for All Film Festival aims to put storytelling power in the hands of people and seeks to showcase the role of individuals and communities as champions for health and well-being.

Filmmakers are invited to submit a short video for one of the following categories. The first two categories are open to any health issue as defined in the application rules, the third category is for videos that have special focus on nurses or midwives for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which will be celebrated in 2020.


  • Video reports (3-8 minutes long)
    • Video reports showing human-interest stories and testimonies about health from individuals, communities, and/or healthcare workers navigating a local or global health challenge, championing solutions, or driving change.
  • Animation videos (1-5 minutes long)
    • Animation videos that includes either testimonials and/or challenges and solutions to achieving health and well-being for all, or to educate about a health issue.
  • Videos about nurses and midwives (3-8 minutes long)
    • Any audiovisual narration style will be accepted for this special theme for the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020.

General terms of participation

  • If you are otherwise eligible, you may submit one video to the film festival for consideration, free of charge, through the online platform on FilmFreeway at, subject to these rules.
  • The period for submissions is from 23 October 2019 through 30 January 2020.
  • Only videos created between 1 January 2017 and 30 January 2020 are eligible.
  • 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.
  • Every submission must meet one of the three categories outlined below.
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Technical requirements

  • Every video submitted must be a final edited product: rough-cuts will NOT be considered for the selection.
  • Submissions do not need to have been already distributed to be eligible.
  • A Submission can be in any language, provided that if it is not in English, English subtitles must be included.
  • Every submission must be in horizontal format of a full HD file (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.
  • 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.


  • A final selection of maximum 15 videos per each of the three categories will be reviewed by an independent jury, who will then propose nominees for awards. Shortlisted videos will be announced in March 2020, and screened in Geneva in public in May 2020, coinciding with the Seventy-Third World Health Assembly. From the above nominees, the WHO Director-General will decide prizes for a winner for each category. Winners will be confidentially informed early May.
  • The prizes, for each of the three categories, are as follows:
    • GRAND PRIX: US$ 5,000 for the winning film of each category.
    • STUDENTS PRIZE: for videos produced by students legally adults in their country and enrolled in formal education, including audio-visual and film making schools: US$ 2,500 for at least one winning film throughout the three categories, or maximum one in each category.
    • A submission cannot win more than one of the above-mentioned prizes (across categories, i.e., the maximum is one prize in total).
  • If possible, a PUBLIC PRIZE might be declared for a video obtaining the best scores from the public during festival events screening in May 2020.
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  • Submissions may be presented by production companies or by individuals 18 years or older. Individuals under 18 years of age may participate with the permission of their parents or legal guardians. If the film of an entrant under 18 years of age is chosen as a semifinalist or finalist, and written parental or guardian permission cannot be provided, WHO has the right to reject the entry. In the event an applicant is a minor (under 18), the term “you” in these rules refers to the applicant’s legal guardian.
  • Every application must name the individual (or group of individuals), as the author(s) of the video.
  • In case of a group of authors, all names and ages of all authors must be listed. This group will be considered as a single applicant in the copyright rules described below, as well as for the grant/ prize for winners, and in this case the term “you” in these rules refers to each such applicant as an individual and as a group of applicants.
  • Every applicant or group of applicants can submit only one video to this festival. Videos may be submitted in only one of categories one, two, and three; but submissions made for category three can also be submitted for one of either category one or two.
  • If you wish to be considered for the student prize, you must provide justification of your enrolment in a high school or educational institution during the period when the video submitted was made.
  • Applicants cannot be the staff of (or the family members of such staff) any United Nations system organization (including WHO); nor can they have any direct ties (employment, or otherwise) to the tobacco or arms industries.


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For rules of participation, visit APPLICATION RULES

For more information, visit Health For All Film Festival

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