CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS — APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA Public Health Film Festival Feature Submissions

Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence"

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020


The APHA Public Health Film Festival is extending the deadline for its Feature Film Sessions until July 1st for any films specifically related to systemic racism and the pandemic and its effects on society. If you are working on a piece that speaks to the public health or health equity impact of the of these issues in any way, please consider submitting it. We are waiving the normal length restriction on this session and are accepting shorter films as well, but as a participant in a feature session, you will be asked to attend the session and participate in a discussion on your film.

APHA's Public Health Film Festival showcases animations, documentaries, narratives, shorts, public service announcements, educational videos, and related films that demonstrate, educate, inspire, and encourage a change for a healthier future. The Film Festival screens films from around the world that explore and highlight public health locally, nationally, and globally. Festival organizers welcome all film submissions, including independent, community-created, and youth-created films. All submissions are peer-reviewed and scored before selection.

Membership and Attendance Requirements: 

All film submitters who attend must register for the day of the screening.

Film/Video Eligibility

Eligible submissions should meet the following criteria:

  • Be accessible to an English language audience (film is in English or has English subtitles)

Submitting a Film/Video

Films must be submitted with a synopsis or summary of the work (200 words or less). The film synopsis should include the following information:

  • Description of the film
  • Intended audience
  • Supporting evidence or objective for the film’s message
  • Mention of campaigns or programs that are linked to the film (if any to date)

Film submissions must meet the following guidelines:

  • The submitter must be affiliated with the film.
  • Films must be submitted with closed captions.
  • Films must be uploaded in an MP4 format. The preferred sizes are 1920x1080 for high definition and 720x480 for standard definition. 
  • If you wish to submit accompanying materials or have difficulty uploading your video to our online platform, please contact one of the Film Festival Program Planners below.
  • Films must reflect credible, science-based facts and recommendations and must not misrepresent or distort facts.

Topics may include:

  • COVID-19 and Systemic Racism
  • Chronic Diseases and Infectious Diseases
  • Climate Change/Environmental Health
  • Health Promotion/Community Health and Advocacy
  • Special Populations (Women, Men, Children & Adolescents, Homeless, Minority, LGBTQ, Immigrant, Disabled, Elderly)
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction treatment
  • Violence, Suicide and injury prevention


Program Planner Contact Information:

Emily Lilo, PhD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Linda Bergonzi-King, MPH
64 Highland Avenue
Guilford, CT 06437

Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
1) Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; 2) Health Equity Initiative; 3) Strategic Communication Resources
New York, NY 10014

Mario Dozal
Communication Studies Department
Manchester University
North Manchester, IN

Gabriela Morales, PhD
Communication Studies Department
Manchester University
North Manchester, IN

Lisa German
Atlanta, GA