The Global Health Film Festival uses film, animation and immersive media as a catalyst for discussion and change on global health issues.

This year's Global Health Film Festival takes place on 06-07 December 2019 in Central London. The two-day festival will combine a mix of feature films, premieres, short films, keynote presentations, workshops and virtual reality installations with several sessions in parallel in order for delegates to tailor their experience.

We invite film submissions of short (25 minutes or less) and feature (over 25 minutes) length on any global health topic including LGBT rights, maternal and neonatal health, healthy ageing, mental health, refugee health, climate change, emerging infections, communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases.

Planetary Health Film Prize
Films that highlight planetary health - an emerging interdisciplinary field that focuses on the human health impacts of humanity’s vast and accelerating transformation of Earth’s natural systems.

Subject areas could include the health impacts of:
Degradation of natural systems
Climate change and biodiversity loss
Air, water and soil pollution
Population growth and urbanisation
Food security and malnutrition
Spread of vector-borne and zoonotic disease

The £10,000 Planetary Health Film Prize will be awarded to the film that sets out the most compelling case and call to action

The £10,000 Planetary Health Film Prize will be awarded to the film that sets out the most compelling case and call to action, which could be an advocacy, education or other impact initiative. It should be carefully budgeted with achievable, measurable milestones.

The prize could be used to fund a discrete element within an existing advocacy or education initiative, or impact campaign – or to further develop an existing plan

Films that fall within the scope of the prize will be shortlisted from submissions and the prize will be announced at the Global Health Film Festival on Saturday 08 December.

Scoring criteria
Shortlisted films will be judged by a panel of planetary health experts and film-makers; criteria will include:

Scientific credibility
Strength of planetary health messages
Creativity and innovation of call to action
A carefully considered budget
Evidence that this £10,000 prize will make a tangible and meaningful difference

Overall Rating
  • Kelly Amis

    I truly enjoyed this film festival, which premiered my most recent short film "Waiting Patient." The festival is very unique as it brings together professionals from the global health field, filmmakers (and VR producers) producing work in the field and, of course, documentary film fans.

    The film selection and speakers were outstanding, the venues were exceptional, and the staff, led by founder and director Gerri McHugh, was exceptional. This easily goes into my five top favorite film festivals ever!

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Kelly!

    It was great to have you with us; it was an honor to premiere 'Waiting Patient' and such a bonus for us that you also delivered a workshop that was extremely well received.

    Looking forward to future collaborations!

    Very best wishes from us all at Global Health Film - Gerri

  • Christy Westad

    I was unable to travel to London to attend the festival in person, but the festival organizers went out of their way to accommodate me and arranged for me to participate in the post-screening Q&A via Skype. I found the panel really informative, there were great speakers, and the other film that screened with ours was terrific. Overall, even though I wasn't there and can't comment on the rest of the festival, my filmmaker experience with the festival was fantastic!

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Christy!

    We loved having Parched in last year's programme and you were amazing to join us by Skype at early dawn local time!

    We very much hope you will submit more material this year - very best wishes as always - Gerri