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HEAL announces “Health and Environment Film Prize”

As part of our 10th anniversary, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) will be awarding a prize for the best film addressing how environmental factors affect health. The “Health and Environment Film Prize” will be awarded as part of this year’s International Environmental Film Festival (Fife) in Paris, 19-26 February 2013 ( The winner will receive 5,000 Euros.

The International Environmental Film Festival is a key event in creating a bridge between film and environmental and social issues. The festival attracts a huge audience (13,000 people in 2012), including environmental groups and representatives of the Paris-region authorities, Ile-de-France, which funds the festival. It attracts extensive media coverage in France and internationally. This year, thanks to the competition for the best film on health and environment, we can expect a special high profile for the human health impact of certain environmental issues and a strong presence from within the European health and environment community.

Entries for the health and environment prize must address how the environment affects health. The film should be between 20-90 minutes in length and must not have premiered in France prior to the festival.

HEAL is responsible for the selection of the competition jury, which will comprise leading personalities from the world of environment, health, and science. The prize will be awarded to the director of the winning film on Tuesday, 26 February at the awards ceremony.

Film documentaries are a powerful and exciting way to raise the profile of health and environment issues. HEAL already has strong track record in supporting video and film, including a film screening of Marie-Monique Robin’s Notre Poison Quotidien at our 2011 annual general assembly and of Sandra Steingraber’s film, Living Downstream in the European Parliament. We believe that the establishment of this new prize with its associated jury and awards ceremony offers an important opportunity for environmental films to become a driver for social and public policy change in Europe. The screening of these films will offer new opportunities for public engagement and significantly raise the profile of films that focus on the health impact of environmental issues, including through more media attention.

After the festival, HEAL plans to show the winning film at our 10th Annual General Assembly celebrations in Brussels.

Do help to make this the success it deserves to be by encouraging anyone you may know to submit entries.

More information on the film festival and possible submission is available here

Registering period is closed.

We hope you will also put the dates in your diary and aim to be with us at the prize award ceremony on Tuesday 26 February 2013 in Paris.

Last updated on 13 December 2012

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The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


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