Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?


The Global Health Forum on Research and Innovation for Health Film Festival is open to all individuals, groups, or organizations.

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When is the start of submission and deadline of entries?

Call for entries:           May 12, 2015

Submission period:     May 18, 2015 - July 15, 2015

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What are the criteria?



This involves the main concept, the storyline and message of the film maker. The concept must be able to include the essence of the Forum’s theme. (A primer will be provided)


This includes the manner by which the content is presented. It involves how the film maker maximizes the potential of film to convey its message. This is where the ability of the film maker to knit together various elements of the content and concept of the film to one entity will be evaluated.


Since the entries will be used as a medium for advocacy, education and training, the over-all technical elements particularly the dialogue, sounds, lighting, editing etc. are crucial to make the medium effective.


This involves how the different elements stated above complement each other. This gives credit to the ‘whole package’ of the film.

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Is there a registration fee?


There is no application fee required.

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What are the genres and running time?

SHORT FILM - minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes

DOCUMENTARY - minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes

ANIMATION - minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes

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What are the mechanics?

All submitted films will go through a selection process. All entries will be viewed by a selection committee. All decisions made by the committee are final.

A panel of judges at the festival will identify and choose six shortlisted films for each genre.

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Is there a need for subtitle and trailer?

SUBTITLE - Yes. Entries with dialogue other than English should be subtitled in English; otherwise, they will not be qualified for preliminary screening.

TRAILER - Yes. Trailers usually range in length from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and are created by editing together parts of the film.

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