Global Health Film Festival Crossover Lab


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Global Health Film Festival Crossover Lab
Royal Society for Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, London W1G 0AE
28-29th October 2015

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We are very excited to be running a lab at the inaugural Global Health Film Festival this year. The two day lab will be an interactive session for global health advocates, filmmakers, digital media specialists and funders to come together and create new ideas for media projects on global health issues and pitch for £5000 development money towards their idea.

The Lab will run for two days ahead of the Global Health Film Festival and will provide mentoring, development and pitch-training from expert mentors drawn from the world of film, TV, interactive media and medicine. Health advocates will be on hand as well to provide input on Global Health issues.

It will be a space to develop ideas prior to pitching in front of a multidisciplinary panel of judges at the Global Health Film Festival, with the opportunity of winning a £5,000 development award, on-going mentoring and a pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest along with a customised road-map to help them navigate the festival.  A couple of graphic designers will be on hand to help create professional assets for the pitch that can be retained by all participants. The panel, moderated by Mark Atkin, Director of Crossover Labs, will include:

Mark Galloway, International Broadcasting Trust
Christo Hird, Dartmouth Films
Pamela Das, Lancet journals
Catherine McCarthy, Medical Aid Films


What are the requirements for the pitch?

Pitches should cover a neglected topic in global health, which include but are not limited to:

  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Global mental health
  • Neonatal and child health
  • Global surgery
  • Non-communicable diseases in low-income settings

Pitches should include a link to action, and we encourage film, campaigns, interactive, or virtual reality projects. The finished work must be ready for screening at the 2016 Global Health Film Festival as a completed work or work-in-progress (dates to be announced in October 2015) with the aim of being submitted to online platforms, such as VICE News or Guardian Films.


What is the prize?

The Lancet Prize for Global Health Film will offer a £5,000 development award for the best pitch. The award will serve as seed funding to seek additional funding for the project. Winners of the award will receive on-going mentorship from Crossover to develop the work, which will include project development, budgeting, finance plan, prototype assessment and distribution planning. The winner will also receive one full festival pass to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 along with a tailored roadmap to guide them through the week. All projects will be encouraged to submit to the Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket or Crossover Market.


Register your interest!

We invite you to register your interest and share a brief 200-word description of your idea along, with names and affiliations of any group members by October 16th 2015.

There will be a participation fee of £50 per person for selected projects. Projects can be submitted by individuals or teams. Registration fee includes admission to the Global Health Film Festival programme.


Location and Dates

The Crossover Global Health Lab will take place at Royal Society for Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, London W1G 0AE on 28-29th October and the pitch will take place as part of The Global Health Film Festival on 31st October at the same location.


Please contact Luc Diei Yoa, GHFi coordinator, with any queries ( / 020 7290 3867).


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