The World Health Organization announces the winners of the 3rd Health For All Film Festival (HAFF) Awards Ceremony

Over 1,000 filmmakers from over 110 countries submitted short films for the third edition of the WHO Health for All Film Festival (HAFF), on topics ranging from war trauma to living with COVID-19, through women’s health etc. more. Seventy short films were shortlisted and reviewed by a jury of international actors, development leaders and top WHO experts. The Director-General of the World Health Organization agreed with the advice of the jury and announced the winners today.

“Combining powerful storytelling with important public health information, these short films depict a wide range of health challenges that people around the world face every day,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization said. “With 3,500 entries received over three years so far, the WHO Health for All Film Festival has shown that short films can make a huge difference in raising awareness of these important health issues, and catalyzing action to promote and protect health.”

The 70 shortlisted films are available to watch online in six playlists. From this one official selection “Grand prize” Attributed to each of the three main competition categories: universal health coverage, health emergencies, and improving health and well-being.

Sharon Stone, Golden Globes, EMMY Award-winning actress From the USA, sworn in from 3research and development Half, a producer and activist on health and humanitarian issues, said Huff: “I am very pleased to be a part of the Health for All Film Festival. This is about creating better awareness of the critical actions needed to achieve healthier living conditions around the world. These documentaries we have all seen have been fantastic. The stories selected speak to us about the intrinsic value of good health. and accessibility, and they are calling for universal health coverage. Universal health coverage is a very important right, it is a human right for everyone around the world.”

Four special awards are also given to a student-produced film, a film on rehabilitation, a film for health innovation and a very short film.

Emilia Clarke, UK actress and health activist, and juror at 3research and development Half said: “It has been an honor and pleasure to join the WHO Health for All Film Festival jury, especially to see this year’s special category on rehabilitation, something that I care about and believe deeply, as the Foundation dedicated to this issue of people affected by brain injury Where requalification means coming back to rediscover that you are still the sameYou.

I hope you will be as impressed as before by the short film winning this special award, not only for a reason close to my heart but also one of the most beautiful short films I have seen in a long time, as well as many others that I invite and encourage you to watch online on the website of this Festival, it was a close call as all the films we watched have their own charm and significance! “

List of award winning films

Universal Health Coverage “The Grand Prize”:
Pre-eclampsia: Expect early, prevent early – Indonesia / Maternal Health / Documentary Film – Duration 7’53 ” / Presented and directed by the Indonesian Prenatal Institute

Health Emergencies “Grand Prize”:
“Dense” – United Kingdom / Serious Case of COVID-19 / Animation – Duration 7’26 ” / Presented and directed by Oliver John Pratt (UK)

Better health and better well-being “GRAND PRIX”:
“euphoric” – India / FGM / Artistic Creativity based on testimony – Duration 4’35” / Presented and directed by Nirmala Chaudhry and Rupali Ramesh Kumar (India)

Special Prize Rehabilitation Film:
“Sim Bhatia” – Spain – Italy / Brain injury / Animation – Duration 2’42” / Presented and directed by Carlos Gomez Mira Sagrado and Rosanna Giacomelli

Special Award for Health Innovation:
“For every girl, a forest” – India / Gender Equality / Documentary – Duration 6’24 ” / Presented and directed by Jose Corbella (Argentina)

Student Film Award:
Improving life in three dimensions: 3D printed prostheticsLeone / Disability / Documentary – Duration 5’03 “
Presented and directed by Meryl van der Stilt (Netherlands)

Special Award for a very short film:
“Surgical fluorescence” – Kenya / Gender Violence / Fantasy – Duration 1’55”
Presented and directed by Terry Adhiambo Ambaka (Kenya)

List of films that received special mention from the jury

A special note about universal health coverage:
The 5%: a family’s view of complex clubfoot – Brazil / Disability / Documentary – Length 5’40” / Submitted by MiracleFeet and directed by Rachel Viana (Brazil)

Special notice for health emergencies: “I was just a kid” – Philippines / Natural Disasters / Animation – Duration 5’06 ” / Presented and directed by Breech Asher Harani (Philippines)

Special mention for better health and well-being:
“Autism in China: Challenges Parents Face in Raising Star Kids” – China / Documentary – Duration 8’28 ” / Presented and directed by Andersen and Kong Chia (China)

Special Rehabilitation Disclaimer:
“Move, dance, feel” – UK / Cancer and Artistic Dance in Support of Therapy / Documentary – Duration 4’58 ” / Presented and directed by Emily Jenkins and Move Dance Feel (UK)

Health Innovation Notice: “malachite”Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname / Malaria – Access to diagnosis and care in remote areas / Documentary – Length 8’54” / Presented and directed by Myles Doyen (French Guiana)

Special note for very short films:
“Meet the Willbuts” – Saint Kitts and Nevis / Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases / Animation – Duration 1’23” / Presented and directed by Oyehmi Begho and Lake Health and Wellbeing (St Kitts and Nevis)

For more details on the official selection and composition of the jury and more information, please visit

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