The Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) 2023

The Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) 2023
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Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding and encourage positive behavior changes.

This is the reason why the Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) recruits year after year a new generation of film & video innovators to champion and promote health issues. 

Let’s share the call for short films towards the 5th edition!

In 2024, WHO will continue to celebrate the power of audiovisual storytelling for health promotion with all those interested in public health narratives!

The 5th Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) calls for submissions from 1 November 2023 to 31 January 2024.

As for each previous edition, we invite public health institutions from around the world, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), communities, activists and students in public health, film schools, and other relevant domains to submit their original short films championing a health issue. Independent filmmakers, production companies, and TV broadcasters are also invited to participate.

Short documentaries, fiction films, or animation films will have to be submitted in one of the following "Grand Prix" categories:

  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
  • Health Emergencies
  • Better Health and Well-being

In addition, four special prizes will be attributed as follows:

  • Physical Activity and Health Special Film Prize
  • Migrants and Refugees Health Special Film Prize
  • Student Film Prize
  • Very Short Film Prize

The details about health themes that could be told under each category are explained in our “How to apply” page.

Health for All Film Festival 2023

Since 2020, the Health for All Film Festival has gathered more than 4300 submissions from 110 countries and our catalog has proposed almost 300 titles since April 2023 to improve the health status of people globally.

In June 2023, the World Health Organization announced the official selection of this year’s winning films at its 4th Annual Health for All Film Festival, held at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

The event, attended in person and online by actors, producers, and public figures, saw winning films announced for 7 different categories, while 4 films received special mentions from the jury.

WHO is also very grateful that acclaimed professionals from the film industry and humanitarian activism accepted to participate in this 2023 edition of the Health for All Film Festival jury along with WHO senior experts.

Watch the live Awards Ceremony of the 4th Health For All Film Festival