£10,000 Planetary Health Film Prize to be awarded at Global Health Film Festival

2 August 2016

The Global Health Film initiative is delighted to announce a new £10,000 Planetary Health Film Prize to be awarded for the first time at this year’s Global Health Film Festival on 11-12 November at the Barbican, London.

This annual prize is funded through generous support from United Nations University’s International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH); it will be awarded to a film that focuses on challenges to human health, and the health of human civilisation, within both human (political, economic or social) systems and natural systems and clearly identifies solutions that can be implemented at a local or global level.

Gerri McHugh, Director of the Global Health Film initiative, said ‘We are truly indebted to UNU-IIGH for their visionary approach and most generous support of this new award which will be used to fund a planetary health advocacy, education or other impact initiative.

Films will be shortlisted from within the Global Health Film Festival Programme so we are actively seeking submissions within the scope of this prize; subject areas could include the degradation of natural systems, climate change and biodiversity loss, or food security and malnutrition’

Professor Anthony Capon, UNU-IIGH Director said ‘Health impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss and toxic pollution of ecosystems compel all nations to take urgent action and safeguard the health of future generations.’ He added ‘Film can be a valuable medium for engaging communities and mobilising them to act.'    

The deadline for submissions is Monday 15 Augustread more about the £10,000 Planetary Health Film Prize and submitting to the Global Health Film Festival here.

Gerri McHugh Gerri McHugh

GHFi Director

Gerri McHugh is Director of the Global Health Film initiative, and was until end July 2016, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and President of the Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health. Her academic interests...