World Health Organisation (WHO) has received nearly 1300 submission from 119 countries, for its Health for All Film Festival.
Entries focused on a wide range range of topics, such as the challenges of providing health-care in remote countries in conflict, experiences of living and battling cancer and the courage and resilience of nurses and midwifes during unfortunate circumstances.
The Health for All Film Festival, gives film-makers the opportunity to story-tell issues across the world and to showcase individuals and communities that are in favour for health and well-being.
Filmmakers have the option to submit their short film for one of three categories: video reports, animation or on nurses and midwives.
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The volume, quality and diversity of entries for the Health for All film festival far surpassed our expectations".
He added, "I am incredibly encouraged by the appetite among film-makers around the world, both amateur and professional, for telling health stories”.
WHO has welcomed critically-acclaimed professionals, from the film and music industry to participate in the Heath for All Film Festival jury. Names include Richard Curtis, Patrick Eveno, Ricky Kej, Angélique Kidjo, Barbara Miller and Wagner Moura.
The film festival jury will nominate a winner in each category for a Grand Prix, receiving a grant of US $ 10,000. There will also be a special prize for a film made by a student, which the winner will receive a grant of US$ 5000.
The Health for All Film Festival is scheduled to take place on 22, 23 and 24th October 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.