CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo

APHA-Global Public Health Film Festival General Submissions

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health

Submission Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2017


The APHA Global Public Health Film Festival (the Film Festival), is organized by the Health Communication Working Group of APHA's Public Health Education, Health Promotion Section. The Film Festival showcases feature films, documentaries, narratives, television shows, public service announcements, educational videos, and related multimedia that demonstrate, educate, inspire, and encourage change for a healthier future. The Film Festival showcases films from around the world that explore and highlight public health locally, nationally, and globally. The organizers hope to not only share but to inspire the creation of media at all levels that support public health and social justice. 

Notice: you do not have to be a member of APHA or attend the annual meeting to submit a film. If, as a non-member, you can join us, we will provide you with a free, one day pass to attend your film's session. 

Held during the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting, this year's Festival will be held in Atlanta, GA, from November 4-8, 2017. 

Film/Video Eligibility

Eligible submissions should meet the following criteria:

  • Address a public health issue
  • Produced within the last three years
  • Demonstrate collaboration between the producing agency and the intended audience
  • Be accessible to an English language audience (film is in English or has English subtitles)

Submitting a film/video

All films must be submitted with a synopsis or summary of the work. Film synopsis should include the following information:

  • Aim or objective of the film
  • Intended audience
  • Supporting evidence or research for the film’s message
  • Impact or evaluation of film’s influence on audience and/or public health issue (if any to date)
  • Mention of accompanying materials, documentation, campaigns, programs that are linked to the film (if any to date)

Film submissions must meet the following format guidelines:

Preferred format is MP4, 1920x1080 for high definition and 720x480 for standard definition. Submitters will be provided instructions for uploading their film to APHA's Confex database via the web. Submitters are highly encouraged to include "embedded" captions into the version of their film that is uploaded for review and playback at the Film Festival. Due to time constraints, in the case of longer works that are accepted for playback, producing agencies may be asked to provide a cut-down, captioned version. 

If you wish to submit accompanying materials or have difficulty mounting your video to our online platform, please contact Festival Planners. If your film is selected for The Festival, your work will be downloaded and played back from a media server.

Festival organizers encourage ALL film submissions, including independent, community-created and youth-created films. All submissions are reviewed and scored before official selection. 

Films must reflect credible facts (science) and recommendations and may not misrepresent or distort facts. Films with public health significance in the USA and/or globally are essential.  Films and videos will be grouped into broad topic areas. Some films may be in general sessions and others may be placed in featured sessions as determined by film festival planners.

  • Inform, Educate, Empower (All Films)


Program Planner Contact Information:

Linda Bergonzi-King, MPH
TriBella Productions
64 Highland Avenue
Guilford, CT 06437
Phone: 2036064916

Donna Wright
800 I St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-777-2477

Gary Black, BA

Nora Lindner, MPH
Department of Social Behavior and Community Health
University at Albany School of Public Health
1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Kellen Lowe