CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA-Public Heath Film Festival

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

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 10, 2020


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. While films from all disciplines of public health will be considered, films related to the APHA 2020 theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence” are highly encouraged. 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. All films must be 30 minutes or less. If you have a film longer than 30 minutes that you would like to submit, please contact for more information. 

Membership and Attendance Requirements: 

Film submitters do not have to be a member of APHA or plan to attend the Annual Meeting to submit a film. If your film is accepted, attendance is optional. All film submitters who attend must register for the day of the screening and are eligible to participate in Q&A following their film.

This year's festival will be held in San Francisco, CA, Oct. 24-28.

Eligible submissions should meet the following criteria:

  • Address a public health issue
  • Be produced within the last three years
  • 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. 
  • All films should be 30 minutes or less.
  • 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.

Topic may include:

  • 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:

Angelica Walker
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-777-2478

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

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

Mario Dozal
Communication Studies Department
Manchester University
North Manchester, IN

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
Phone: 646 486 9485

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

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

Lisa German
Atlanta, GA