The festival

The Reel Health International Short Film Festival is an innovative concept in health communication. Founded in 2013, the festival recognises the power of film as a platform for people to tell real stories of health and how they affect the community.

Reel Health strips back the clichés of health and well-being in contemporary media and provides an opportunity for talented filmmakers to display their talents in a night of engaging entertainment.

Submissions are encouraged from talented filmmakers across the world, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and awards across a series of themed categories. Selected films will be screened at official events for the general public and health industry representatives.

The festival aims to promote a greater awareness of genuine health-related issues affecting individuals and the health industry. Reel Health welcomes films of all genres; however, it is not a platform for health-based services to distribute corporate films of self-promotion – any such films will not be considered.

All films must be 15 minutes or under.


Submissions will be judged on artistic merit and the effectiveness to communicate a genuine health message. The judging panel consists of notable identities from the health and artistic communities.


The Reel Health International Short Film Festival is run by Monash Health, Victoria’s largest public health service, and financed entirely through external funding.