May. 13, 2022

WHO announces winners at the Awards ceremony of the 3rd Health for All Film Festival (HAFF)

Seven winning short films and six special mentions from the jury highlight strong health stories illustrating global health issues

More than 1000 film makers from over 110 countries have submitted short films for the 3rd edition of the WHO Health for All Film Festival (HAFF), on themes ranging from the trauma of war to living with COVID-19, through women’s health and so much more. Seventy short films have been chosen for the shortlist reviewed by a jury of international actors, development leaders and senior WHO experts. WHO’s Director-General approved the advice from this jury and announced the winners today.

"These compelling short films, combining powerful storytelling with important public health information, portray the huge range of health challenges that people face around the world every day,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “With 3500 submissions received over three years so far, the WHO Health for All Film Festival has demonstrated that short films can make a big difference to raising awareness on these important health issues, and stimulate action to promote and protect health."

The 70 shortlisted films are available to view online in six playlists. From this official selection one “GRAND PRIX” is attributed for each of the three main competition categories: Universal Health Coverage, Health emergencies, and Better health and well-being.

Sharon Stone, Golden Globe and EMMY Award-winning Actress from the United States of America, juror of the 3rd HAFF, Producer, and Activist for Health and Humanitarian Causes, said"I am so delighted to be part of the Health for All Film Festival. This is about creating better awareness on crucial actions needed for reaching healthier living conditions around the world.  These documentaries that we viewed were all just wonderful. The stories selected talk to us about the intrinsic value of good health and its access, and they advocate for universal health coverage. Universal health coverage is a very important right, it’s a human right for everyone around the world."

Four special prizes are also attributed for a Student-Produced Film, a film on Rehabilitation, a Health Innovation Film and a Very Short Film.

Emilia Clarke, Actress and Health Activist from the United Kingdom, and juror of the 3rd HAFF, said: "It has been an honour and a pleasure for me to join the jury of the Health for All Film Festival by the World Health Organization, especially for watching this year’s special category about Rehabilitation which is something I care about and believe in deeply, as my Foundation is dedicated to this issue for people affected by brain injuries. Where rehabilitation means coming back to rediscover you are still the SameYou.

I hope that you’ll be moved as I was by the winning short film of this special prize, not only is it for a cause close to my heart but it also is one of the most beautiful short films I’ve seen in a long time, as well as many others that I invite and encourage you to watch online at this festival’s website, it was such a close call as all the films we watched each had their own magic and importance!”

List of films receiving awards

“Pre-eclampsia: Predict Earlier, Prevent Earlier”  - Indonesia / Maternal health / Documentary – Duration 7’53’’ / Submitted and directed by Indonesian Prenatal Institute

Health Emergencies “GRAND PRIX”:
“Intensive” - United Kingdom / COVID-19 severe case / Animation – Duration 7’26’’ / Submitted and directed by Oliver John Pratt (United Kingdom)

Better Health and Well-being “GRAND PRIX”:
“Euphoric”  - India / Female Genital Mutilation / Artistic creation based on testimony – Duration 4’35’’ / Submitted and directed by Nirmala Choudhary and Roopali Ramesh Kumar (India)

SPECIAL PRIZE Rehabilitation Film:
“Sim-Patia” – Spain - Italy / Brain injury / Animation - Duration 2’42’’ / Submitted and directed by Carlos Gómez-Mira Sagrado and Rossana Giacomelli

SPECIAL PRIZE Health Innovation film:
“For Every Girl, a Forest”  - India / Gender equity / Documentary – Duration 6’24’’ / Submitted and directed by Jose Corbella (Argentina)

“Improving Lives in Three Dimensions: 3D-Printed Prostheses” - Sierra Leone / Disability / Documentary – Duration 5’03’’
Submitted and directed by Merel van der Stelt (The Netherlands)

SPECIAL PRIZE Very Short Film:
“Glamming my Wounds”  - Kenya / Gender Based Violence / Fiction – Duration  1’55’’
Submitted and directed by Terry Adhiambo Ombaka (Kenya)

List of films receiving a special mention from the jury

UHC Special Mention:
“The 5% : A Family’s Perspective on Complex Clubfoot”  - Brazil / Disability / Documentary – Duration 5’40’’ / Submitted by MiracleFeet and directed by Rachel Vianna (Brazil)

Health Emergencies Special Mention“I was just a child”  - Philippines / Natural disasters / Animation – Duration 5’06’’ / Submitted and directed by Breech Asher Harani (Philippines)

Better Health and Well-being Special Mention:
“Autism in China: The Challenges Parents Face Raising Children of the Stars”  - China / Documentary – Duration 8’28’’  / Submitted and directed by Andersen Weicong Xia (China)

Rehabilitation Special Mention:
“Move, Dance, Feel”  - United Kingdom / Cancer and artistic dancing to support treatment / Documentary – Duration 4’58’’  / Submitted and directed by Emily Jenkins and Move Dance Feel (United Kingdom)

Health Innovation Special Mention“Malakit”  - Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname / Malaria - Access to diagnosis and care in remote areas / Documentary – Duration 8’54’’ / Submitted and directed by Maylis Douine (French Guiana)

Very Short Films Special Mention:
“Meet the Willbuts”  - Saint Kitts and Nevis / NCDs prevention / Animation – Duration 1’23’’ / Submitted and directed by Oyehmi Begho and Lake Health and Wellbeing (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

For more details on the official selection, the jury composition and further information, please visit https://www.who.int/film-festival

Mar. 17, 2022

WHO announces Film Festival shortlist and jury, including Sharon Stone, Emilia Clarke, Mia Maestro, Anita Abada, Eddie Ndopu and Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen


Entries for 3rd edition in 2022 takes total of short films received to nearly 3500 since the initiative launched in 2020

More than 1000 film makers from over 110 countries have submitted short films for the 3rd edition of the WHO Health for All Film Festival (HAFF), on themes ranging from the trauma of war to living with COVID-19. Some 70 films have been chosen for the shortlist, which will be reviewed by international actors and development leaders, before the announcement of the winners in mid-May 2022. 

This large participation from patients, health workers, health activists, NGOs, students, public institutions, as well as from professional film makers, demonstrates the potential of the Festival to contribute to health promotion and education. Including the submissions received in 2022, almost 3500 films have been registered by the festival since its launch in 2020, many specifically made for the initiative.

“The success of the WHO Health for All Film Festival mirrors the great interest and heightened awareness globally in the importance of health and ensuring people are able to attain the highest levels of physical and mental well-being,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The wide range of subjects featured in this year’s submissions, and the high calibre of judges, underscores the growing importance of the festival as a platform to bring urgent health issues to the public’s attention.”

The following distinguished professionals, artists and activists, joined by three WHO senior experts, comprise this year’s festival jury: Sharon Stone (actor from the USA); Emilia Clarke (actor from the UK); Mia Maestro (actor from Argentina); Anita Abada (producer from Nigeria); Eddie Ndopu (UN SDGs Advocate from South Africa), and Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen (TV presenter from Germany).

The 70 shortlisted films are available to view online in six playlists, one for each of the three main competition categories: Universal Health Coverage, Health emergencies, and Better health and well-being, as well as three more on Rehabilitation, Health innovation and Very Short Films.

An additional playlist - out of competition - will be published by the end of March to contribute to the 2022 World Health Day theme of “Our Planet, Our Health”. This playlist will gather submissions from all three HAFF editions, as well as other productions from WHO and other United Nations agencies.

A wide range of health topics are covered by the new 2022 selection: trauma of wars; noncommunicable diseases, including mental health issues; disability; malaria; communicable diseases, including COVID-19, HIV-AIDS; as well as environmental and social factors of health, including gender-based violence, road safety and pollution. The benefits of sports and arts on health are also part of this selection.

The public is encouraged to choose one of the films that they would like to champion and comment about its story / topic, before 10th of May 2022.  Comments can be posted in their social media using #Film4health or through the YouTube playlists available from the Festival’s website (link below) as well as WHO’s YouTube channel. Some comments from the public will be featured during the HAFF virtual Awards Ceremony in mid-May.

In the coming weeks, jurors will review the shortlisted films and recommend winners to the WHO Director-General, who will make the final decision. Three “GRAND PRIX” and four special prizes will be announced mid-May during an online Awards Ceremony followed by a series of online discussions with winners and jurors.

For more details on the official selection, the jury composition and further information, please visit https://www.who.int/film-festival


Nov. 19, 2021

Global Health Film Festival 25 Nov to 05 Dec 2021

The basics
This year's festival takes place online over eleven days from Thursday 25 November, bringing you excellent storytelling and discussion from all around the world on all aspects of global health including refugee and migrant health, planetary health, gender violence, the politics of aid and post-colonialism.

Film festival passes
All-access passes are now on sale on our festival platform; at just £55, your all-access pass offers you the best value, with access to the full programme of on-demand films, as well as all the live screenings, panel discussions and workshops throughout the duration of the festival.

Individual tickets and ticket bundles
Five-ticket and three-ticket bundles are also available, costing £19.50 and £12.50 respectively as well as individual tickets at £4.75 for each film or series of shorts.

Ways to watch
You can watch your chosen films on the VOD platform at anytime during the eleven days of the festival - and you can also sign up to join us for the live-stream screening and panel discussion using the registration link in your ticket confirmation email.

This week's spotlight
Details of FOUR more of this year's festival films below

Be My Voice

Friday 03 December 19:30 GMT

Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad is the voice of millions of Iranian women rebelling against the forced hijab on social media. 

Leading one the largest acts of civil disobedience in today’s Iran, Masih uses her freedom in exile to amplify the protest in her home country. The regime tightens its grip to regain control, and Masih’s courage is tested when violence and oppression threaten her own family members

This brilliant film is one of several jewels in our crown this year and is, in our eyes, quite simply unmissable. The panel will include the director Nahid Persson - many more details to follow next week!

Watch the trailer and get your festival pass, ticket bundle, or individual ticket here!

Men Who Sing

Sunday 05 December 19:30 GMT

This humorous and melancholic portrait of a male voice choir begins when the filmmaker’s father, widower Ed, 90, sells the family home and arranges his own funeral.

His only remaining solace is Tuesday night practice, but with an average age of 74 and suffering a haemorrhaging of the bass section, his beloved choir is facing a crisis of its own. They must act or face extinction.

So the hunt begins to find ‘brown haired men’ in their 40s and 50s who can take the choir forward. As their search intensifies we come closer to them. Whilst Ed finds new meaning, Merf deals with his own bad news by focusing on the choir's revival and Gwyn laughs at his prostate cancer diagnosis and walks on the wing of a plane to raise money. Finally, they raise themselves and travel to Northern Ireland to perform for the first time in 20 years.

We will also feature a 14-minute short film Lousy: Love in the time of dementia, directed by Frank Silverstein and documenting his parents' decline due to dementia.

We are delighted to programme this session in partnership with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland; the panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Roger O'Sullivan, Director of the Ageing Research and Development Division within the Institute of Public Health and will include Men Who Sing director Dylan Williams.

Read on and get your festival pass, ticket bundle, or individual ticket here!

The Kitchenistas

Saturday 27 November 17:00 GMT

International Premiere

What started as a seven-week nutrition programme seven years ago in National City, California for women seeking healthier diets, has become a Latina-led movement to raise the health, wellbeing, and resilience of the community.

National City has one of the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in San Diego County and in the state of California, and the programme graduates, called “Kitchenistas”, are out to change that, one healthy meal at a time.

By 2021 and after 18 graduating classes, more than 275 Kitchenistas stay the course to overcome systemic barriers in bringing high-quality food solutions into their homes, schools, and city. Not to be underestimated, these women show how a range of small advocacy actions over time lead to big changes. The Kitchenistas are community builders and advocates for "real food" and re-connection through the kitchen.  

The panel will be moderated by Amy Stratton, Global Health Film, and will include Executive Producer Mary Ann Beyster,  Cooking for Salud Coordinator, Patty Corona, and Sabrina Falquier Montgrain, MD and culinary medicine expert.

More details here - and a link to the box office for festival passes, ticket bundles, or individual tickets!

Your Mum and Dad

Sunday 28 November 17:00 GMT

Preview screening

From the moment we are born we play a role. Is this role enforced on us by our parents or is it the direct consequence of their behaviour? Nature versus nurture, in a personal documentary essay with a psychoanalytic dimension.

Film maker Klaartje Quirijns turns the camera on herself and her family - on what has not been dealt with from the past and the way her life has been shaped by this.

The panel will be moderated by Global Health Film Trustee and retired psychiatrist Dr Peter Jarrett, and will include director Klaartje Quirijns - more details to follow.

Find out more and get your festival pass, ticket bundle, or individual ticket here!

Global Health Film Festival all-access pass - get yours today!
Aug. 25, 2021


United Nations Films is encouraging the participation of filmmakers from the developing world in the production of UN films. The benefit of such an arrangement is an interpretation of the role of the United Nations in light of the filmmakers' own cultural heritage.

Aug. 12, 2021