CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo

APHA Public Health Film Festival Short Films

Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges"

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 2023

APHA's Public Health Film Festival is back again for APHA 2023 in Atlanta. The Public Health Film Festival has traditionally been a mix of feature and short films curated from user submissions and shown at the Annual Meeting. This year, APHA will only be accepting submissions for short films (30 minutes or less). The APHA team will have an exciting lineup of these short films as well as other hand-picked films and panel discussions for this Annual Meeting.

The Film Festival highlights local, national and global public health films by playing them throughout the meeting and offering on-demand access to the films for all Annual Meeting registrants starting Nov. 9.

APHA welcomes all types of submissions including independent, community-created and youth-created films. Short films can be animations, documentaries, narratives, public service announcements, or 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 2023 theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social & Ethical Challenges” are highly encouraged. All submissions are peer-reviewed and scored before selection.

Participation Requirements: 

APHA membership is not required. However, if your film is accepted, you will be required to pay a $195 registration fee to have your film shown on demand during the digital meeting. 



  • Film should address a public health issue
  • Film produced within the last three years
  • Film must be accessible to the audience in English (language and/or subtitles)
  • The submitter must be affiliated with the film
  • Film 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
  • Film must reflect credible, science-based facts and recommendations and must not misrepresent or distort facts 

Submissions must include:

  • A synopsis or summary of the work (200 words or less).
  • 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)
  • Closed captions

Topics 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


Program Planner Contact Information:

Donna Wright,


Mariza Silva, MPA