WHO: The Health for All Online Film Festival

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From 10 to 24 October 2020, the WHO Health for All Online Film Festival will take place, showing movies and documentaries dedicated to the role of individuals, communities, researchers, and institutions in global health. 


Festival Agenda 

Saturday 10 October
Announcement of winner of Mental Health Film Prize 

5 pm CEST / The winner of the Mental Health Film Prize will be announced during the WHO-hosted Big Event for Mental Health on World Mental Health Day. 

The Big Event for Mental Health is WHO’s first global online advocacy event on mental health. During the event, which will be streamed from WHO’s social media channels, world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.


Tuesday 13 October 2020: Storytelling and health: the example of NTDs

11 am CEST / Online screening of « A Doctor’s Dream », a short film on sleeping sickness by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and our 2020 “Health for All” Film Festival Grand Prix inaugural winner for the video reports category (more information about our winners). Followed by a live discussion between Dr Nathalie Strub Wourgaft, NTDs Director at DNDi and Dr Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela, Director of WHO’s Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, on successes, future challenges, and the stories that inspire them on NTDs, medical research and access to medicines.


Wednesday 14 October Francophone livestream of the festival: Promotion and education

1 pm CEST /  Winning films and some short films from the WHO's official selection will be screened with French subtitles or in their original French version. Dr Ruediger Krech, WHO’s Director of Health Promotion, and Dr Faten Ben Abdelaziz, WHO's Coordinator of Health Promotion will join this live screening to highlight how such films can contribute to health promotion and education in concerned countries.


Thursday 15 October Challenging stigma about some health issues 

2 pm CEST / Screening of “Memorable”, a French animation film about dementia by Bruno Collet, award winner of the Cristal for a Short Film at the 59th Annecy International Animation Film Festival (2019), and nominated in the 92nd Oscars shortlist for animated short films (2020).

Panel discussion with WHO’s Director of Mental Health, Debora Kestel about: Challenging stigma about some health issues

A lack of understanding and stigmatization associated with certain diseases and health conditions can be a major factor in preventing people from seeking care and receiving treatment. Mental health conditions, HIV/AIDS, and sexual violence are just some examples for which stigmatization and stereotyping have prevailed. In many countries, they still do. During this discussion, we will explore how films can reduce stigma and ultimately lead to more people seeking – and receiving – care.


Friday 16 October Scientific popularization through videos: Examples of AMR and research on COVID

4 pm CEST / Online screening of « Antibiotic resistance» the STUDENT PRIZE winner out of three categories in the competition (check our winner's webpage), followed by a live discussion between Nitai Steinberg, the Producer; Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s Chief Scientist; and Milica Momcilovic, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists.

This discussion will focus on the difficulties to communicate scientific information to a wide audience, the level of scientific details that each category of the population can understand, and how to fight fake or pseudo-scientific news?


Tuesday 20 October How to tell strong stories about nurses and midwives? 

4 pm CEST / Online screening of « War & Grace » the GRAND PRIX for this category about nurses and midwives, followed by a live discussion between Sonia Lowman, the Producer; Elizabeth Iro, WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer and Grace Lisio Tindilo, the midwife from South Sudan featured in this documentary film. “Nursing in the community”, the Special Mention from the Jury in this category will also be shown during the discussion.

The discussion will question how the wide public is aware of the daily reality of nurses and midwives and break down stereotypical views. It will also be about the wide range of work they have to do from prevention measures to providing treatment, often being often the first and only point of care in their communities.

This event is part of the WHO's film festival tribute to the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 


Wednesday 21 October Spanish speaking livestream of the festival: Health promotion and education in concerned countries 

4 pm CEST / The winning films and some short films from the WHO's official selection will be screened with Spanish subtitles or in their original Spanish version. WHO’s Coordinator of Equity & Social Determinants of Health, Dr. Kira Fortune will join this live screening to highlight how such films can contribute to health promotion and education in concerned countries.

Thursday 22 October Reproductive health and sexual violence: delicate situations to cover through films

11 am CEST / Online screening of « Limbo » the GRAND PRIX of our animation films category, followed by a live discussion between Debjani Mukherjee, the Animation Tutor from Yangon Film School who helped with this production; and Avni Amin, WHO’s Expert on ending violence against women. The discussion will focus on sexual violence, unsafe abortions, and prevention.


Friday 23 October Launch of the new call for short films for 2021

3 pm CEST / You’ll discover the video trailer for the call for films and a few more short films from the WHO's official selection, interspersed with interventions of Dr Michael Ryan, WHO’s Director of Health Emergencies Programme and Dr Maria Neira, WHO’s Director of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health, they will be commenting about the new prizes and expectations for videos on COVID response, Health & Environment, Health educational films for the youth and Social Media videos made by young producers.


*Please note that the agenda is subject to change in case of need. 


Links to each sessions can be found here. 



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