Film Festival 2015 Review


Our resident star guest blogger Kayleigh Price, Project Manager at Haelo, reviews last years Film Festival.

With entries starting to roll in for this year’s film festival, now felt like a good time to remember last year’s event and look forward to an even bigger event this year.

2015 was our first film festival and even though we knew we were excited about it, we really couldn’t gauge how much interest we would get. We thought that we might have a few tough years of convincing people that film was a valid use of critical NHS resources, and that we might struggle for entries whilst we grew. I never could have guessed how wrong we could be!

When we launched for entries last year, one of our main concerns was that we wouldn’t get enough submissions to hold the festival. By the time the submission deadline arrived, we had received 48 entries over 4 categories! For the first year of a niche film festival, with a fairly narrow ‘Improvement in Healthcare’ focus, we didn’t think that was too bad. It meant were able to present our panel of judges with some really interesting and innovative films to critique. Our judges found them really hard to choose between. The final results were kept even from those of us organising the event, right up until the last possible moment. At Haelo HQ excitement was starting to mount as the big night got nearer and last minute preparations reached fever pitch.

Finally the evening arrived. Following a tiring but exciting day at our conference, Haelo Hosts, we were all looking forwards to spending a few hours with our invited attendees sharing our passion for film.


filmThe comedian had arrived, the popcorn was on the tables and the venue was transformed from the day time. We had our Haelo team in attendance including our incredibly dapper film team. There was a definite feeling that this was the start of something special, and we couldn’t wait to start handing out awards.

The first award of the night was presented by Helen Bevan for the ‘Most Original Concept’. This award was presented to ‘Think! Why A&E’ by Fylde Coast Health Economy and 2AM. This film was an animated song outlining the reasons why we should (and shouldn’t) visit A&E.

The evenings second award was presented by Professor Maxine Power and was for the ‘Young Filmmaker of the Year’ category. The winner was ‘#OMGHIV- a STIgma?’ by Ciara Raffery and Nadia Mahmood. The film was about the stigmas of HIV in communities today and was very moving. As these young film makers had not been able to make the journey from Sydney, their award was taken home by Jonathon Grey from Ko Awatea in New Zealand.

The third award was for ‘Best Commissioned Film’ and was presented by Dr Mike Evans of Youtube fame. The winner of this award was ‘Florence’ by the Health Foundation, Lightbox, Jessica Ludgrove and Sushma Sangyam. Florence is a text messaging service which helps people to stay on top of managing their health conditions without the need for medical interventions. Penny Perreira collected the award on behalf of the Health Foundation


The fourth award was for ‘Best User Generated Content’ and was presented by Sir David Dalton. The award was presented to Rich Kelly for his film ‘Don’t Forget’. This was a short film which he had made to promote Dementia Awareness week. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after we had watched the film, and Rich looked rightly proud of his achievement.


With plans already well underway for this years event the evening is going to be even bigger and better! We have more categories this year and have extended our focus to include improvement films from all public sectors so we are hoping for even more entries. The events team are working on a number of additions to really bring the magic of film alive for you all.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your camera out and get filming. Or get out a film you have made in the last 12 months and get it ready for us. You won’t win if you haven’t entered, so click the link here now to submit your film to the Haelo Film Festival 2016. It will be a night to remember. I’m looking forward to it already, and I hope to see you there!

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