WHO Health for All Film Festival 2021 [Grants Available]: Apply by Jan 30, 2022: Expired

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Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the WHO Health for All Film Festival 2021.

Health for All Film Festival

About WHO Health for All Film Festival

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.

The festival aims to recruit a new generation of film and video innovators to champion global health issues.

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In submitting a short film, the copyright owner of the film has to choose one category of competition among the three described below, which relates to WHO’s global health goals set out in the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13): 

  • Universal health coverage (UHC) – films about mental health, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and other UHC stories linked to communicable diseases not part of emergencies;
  • Health emergencies – films about health emergencies, for example COVID-19, Ebola, disaster relief and health in war-zones;
  • 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.

For each of these three GRAND PRIX categories, candidates can submit short documentaries, fiction films or animation films of three to eight minutes in length.


Each prize will be constituted of a trophy and a grant as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Special Prizes

  • Student film prize
  • Special prize on health innovation
  • Special prize on rehabilitation


  • Only short films completed between 1 January 2019 and 30 January 2022 are eligible for the Film Festival 3rd edition.
  • Any production made by United Nations staff members or exclusively done with UN funding is not eligible.
  • A submission can be in any language; if the film is not in English, English subtitles must be included.

How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the program through this link.

Application Deadline

Jan 30, 2022

Click here to view the official notification for the WHO Health for All Film Festival 2021.

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