Geneva: WHO's Film Festival on health in May

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Rohit Shishodia
The World Health Organization (WHO) will host the first-ever Health for All Film Festival in Geneva in May 2020, to mark the 73rd World Health Assembly.

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

“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,” says the WHO.

According to the UN agency, 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.

The WHO has sought short videos from filmmakers in three categories.

In the first category, the video should be made for 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.

The second category includes animation videos that have either testimonials and/or challenges and solutions to achieving health and well-being for all, or to educate about a health issue.

The third category is for videos that have a special focus on nurses or midwives for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which will be celebrated in 2020.

Only films completed between January 1 and January 30, 2020 are eligible for this festival. Closing date for entries is January 30, 2020.

The WHO has informed that a maximum of 15 videos per category will be selected for the Health for All Film Festival. The list of selected videos will be announced in March 2020 and the selections screened in Geneva in May, coinciding with the 73rd World Health Assembly.

“An independent jury will nominate a winner in each category, and there will be a special prize for videos made by students. From this jury's advice the attribution of prizes will be confirmed by WHO's Director-General,” said the WHO.


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