Theme: Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies

APHA-Film Festival

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011

This document provides information on the 8th Annual APHA Film Festival and gives additional information on submitting your video/media to the International Health section of the Festival, and to the PHEHP's Health Communication Working Group's US Sessions. It also presents information on how to get continuing education credits for the session your video/media is presented in. Remember, submitting a video for screening at the APHA Film Festival is NOT the same as submitting a scientific abstract for peer review and approval for an Oral, Roundtable or Poster session. We are trying to use to same submission software, but there will be some differences that emerge. We will do our best to screen as many quality works as possible. Keep in mind that we are limited in time.
  • International Health Films
  • US Film Festival
Introduction to the Film Festival

The Annual APHA Film Festival is the venue at the Annual Meeting for showing public health films (documentaries, public service announcements, short clips) and related multimedia. All films and other multimedia and Web sites providing multimedia will be shown in afternoon and evening sessions. The Film Festival provides a fully equipped meeting room with Internet access, LCD projection capability, and theater-quality video projection with stereo audio. There is no additional cost for use of this equipment.

Submitting Videos/Media to the Film Festival

• Submit international or global health documentaries to the International Health Program. The contact person for international or global health documentaries is: Amina Khan (IH)

• American made videos intended for an American audience should be submitted to the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section's Health Communication Working Group. You may send questions to: Gary Black,

• All media submitters must include at least one measurable objective (two is preferred) and a description of the video. That facilitates continuing education credits.

See individual Calls for International Health or US-made Videos/Media for additional information below.

International Health Call for Videos/Media

Documentaries About International Health Issues Sought for American Public Health Association Film Festival

For the eighth year in a row, the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (being held in Washington, DC from October 29 - November 2, 2011) will feature
APHA Film Festival. A portion of the program will be dedicated to showcasing documentaries (70 min. or under preferred) that explore public health issues at the international level. International efforts at Health Promotion will be especially relevant this year, given the conference theme of Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies

These conference sessions are an important opportunity for independent documentary filmmakers who focus on public health/human rights/environmental issues in locations outside of the United States to reach an audience of more than 10,000 public health academics, researchers, policymakers, and educators from the U.S. and around the world. Films should appeal to a broad audience and must have English subtitles or dubbing. Note: we are seeking documentaries only; educational films and docudramas/narrative films will not be shown in this program.

Please keep in mind that:
1- Content must be related to public health and must be current (no more than 3 years old)
2- Submissions must run within time allocated (70 minutes or less)
3- Films must be submitted by deadline to be considered.

Submissions will be reviewed by a team of screeners as part of the selection process.

For the International Health Film Festival Please submit preview copies on VHS (NTSC format) or DVD to:

Amina Khan
5806 Bradley Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20814


Note: If you wish to have your preview returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope; otherwise materials will be retained in a festival archive.

US Made Videos/Media for an American Audience

The Health Communication Working Group (HCWG) Steering Committee is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Film Festival to be held during the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from October 29 - November 2, 2011. This call for submissions is limited to productions created for audiences in the United States, but is not limited to English language productions. We are looking for examples of good health communication strategy paired with professional production values.

We would like your help in identifying and soliciting worthwhile productions.
Eligible productions should:

1. Be recent (no more than three years old),
2. Address a public health issue, and
3. Show evidence of collaboration between the producing agency and the
intended audience.

The submissions will be collected, converted to a common media for playback, and
featured at the APHA annual conference.

For the US Film Festival send a copy of your DVD to:

Gary R. Black
Health Communication Specialist
Mecklenburg County Health Department
249 Billingsley Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211


Additional Information

Video/media sessions are 90 minutes long. Film coordinators are expected to leave at least 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion of the videos/media at the end of the showing; i.e., films/media should be no longer than 75-80 minutes long. Excerpts of longer works may be screened.

Continuing Education Credit
APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses and health educators at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names

2) at least one MEASURABLE objective (to understand or to learn are not measurable objectives).

Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words:
Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.

3) A signed Conflict of Interest form with a relevant qualification statement

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy.
Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions.
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Program Planner Contact Information:
Gary R. Black, BA
Health Communication
Mecklenburg County Health Department, Charlotte, NC
249 Billingsley Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-336-3354

Amina K. Khan
International Health Films
5806 Bradley Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Douglas Rupert, MPH
Health Communication Program
RTI International
3040 Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-541-6495