CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA Public Heath Film Festival - Short Films

Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness"

Submission Deadline: Thursday, June 10, 2021


APHA's Public Health Film Festival screens a mix of feature and short films during the Annual Meeting, Oct. 24-27The Film Festival highlights public health locally, nationally, and globally and welcome alltypes of submissions including independent, community-created, and youth-created films. 

Call for Short Films (30 mins or less) 

APHA’s short films will be part of our virtual conference and will not be played in Denver. Both in-person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to view the films online starting Oct. 18Films will be available for three months after the meeting. 

Short films can be animations, documentaries, narratives, public service announcements, and educational videos and all should 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 2021 theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness” are highly encouraged. All submissions are peer-reviewed and scored before selection.  

Membership and Attendance Requirements: 

Submitters in the short film category do not have to be a member of APHA or plan to attend the Annual Meeting. However, registration is required if you plan to attend 

Eligible submissions should meet the following criteria: 

  • Film should address a public health issue. 
  • Film should have been produced within the last three years. 
  • Film must be accessible to the audience in English (language and/or 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:

  • COVID-19 Related topics
  • 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)
  • Strengthening Communities, Social Connectedness and Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction treatment
  • Violence, Suicide and injury prevention


Program Planner Contact Information: