Health in Focus Film Festival

December 1-3, 2022

The mission of the Health in Focus Film Festival is to improve the health of populations by pairing compelling visual stories with thoughtful discussion. The schedule consists of two invited, feature-length films, a panel discussion, and three blocks of short films. The themes for the short film blocks are “The world as it is”, “Inequities”, and “Looking ahead”. Awards will be granted to the best short film, as selected by a jury, as well as an audience favorite and a young filmmaker.

Interested filmmakers can submit their work on FilmFreeway. Films must be less than 20 minutes in length and subject matter must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • The world as it is – conditions that keep populations from being healthy and those that are characteristic of unhealthy populations. Examples: hate, incarceration, suicide, substance use, climate change, reproductive justice, firearm violence
  • Inequities – a focus on marginalized populations. Examples: economic, gender, race, LGBTQIA+, transgender, immigrants, refugees
  • Looking ahead – aspirations for the future of health. Examples: aging, activism, urban health, prevention, innovation, media, social movements, nurturing empathy

The deadline for early submissions, with a discounted fee, is August 4, 2022. The regular and late deadlines are August 25 and September 15, respectively. Decisions will be made and communicated by October 3, 2022. Current students and filmmakers from Low and Middle Income Countries are eligible for a discount on submission fees. Please reach out to with questions.