Haelo Film Festival 2017 Live Blog


Welcome to the live blog for the Haelo Film Festival 2017!

At Haelo we LOVE film! Every year thousands of short films and animations are produced by enthusiastic people in the public sector tackling anything from transformation of services, improvement journeys and patient stories. We promote film as a tool to engage and inform staff and the public. We believe that these films have a level of artistry, innovation and heart that deserves recognition. The Haelo Film Festival showcases the outstanding and original public sector films from across the UK.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their film for the Haelo Film Festival 2017. You can watch all the entries on our Film Festival microsite. Follow this live blog for all the action from the evening and join us on social #HaeloFilmFestival!

Meet the judges!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2017 judges (from left to right) Gemma Ackerley, Head of Creative Services at Dock10 Media, Director of Innovation at Haelo Abigail Harrison, Stroke Consultant at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Kyri Paroutoglou and Community Activist and Local Salford Resident Keri Muldoon.

With you this evening are the stars of the Digital team Lauren Heaton, Thomas Harvey and Vicky Grimes! So let’s begin….


Opening our awards evening tonight is Director of Innovation and film buff, Abigail Harrison

Let’s kick off the conversation! Why is film an important tool and how are you using it? Thanks for all your responses, take a look at a couple:

Best Commissioned

Now on to the awards! First up we have Best Commissioned Film, a hotly contested category. Congratulations again to our shortlisted organisations University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, North Hampshire CCG, Future Fund NCL in partnership with the University of Newcastle. Take a look…

Understanding Frailty | NHS North Hampshire CCG (film currently unavailable)

Telling your child you have cancer | London Cancer

FUTUREFUND | Great North Children’s Hospital Future fund

Results time!

Innovative Concept

Next up, we have our second category and the award for Innovative Concept, a category close to our hearts! We have a fantastic shortlist. Congratulations again to Healthwatch Essex, Rape Crisis Scotland and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. If you’ve not already, watch the shortlist…

What is a Vanguard? | Healthwatch Essex

Fight or Freeze – #IJUSTFROZE | Rape Crisis Scotland

24 Hours in Maternity Care | Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

And the runner up is…

During the Film Festival, we’ve been asking for your tips and thoughts on film in public sector. Make sure to check out the replies.

Service User Story

Personal narratives are so integral to engagement. Our next award is a fundamental part of our film work, Service User Story. This is why we do what we do! Congratulations again to our shortlisted organisations NHS Employers, NHS Lanarkshire and the University of Newcastle.

Flu Fighter: Adele’s story | NHS Employers

Never Too Late to Tell | NHS Lanarkshire

Tammy and Lyndon | Newcastle University

And to what you’re been waiting for, the runner up…

Improvement Story

Now on to our final award of the evening. As an improvement and innovation centre, the next award is very important to us, Improvement Story. Congratulations again to our shortlisted organisation:

Living with Paddy | Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Harnessing Technology and Innovation – Mobile Apps | NHS England

Narrative Masterclass | Storying Sheffield

Let’s find out the results…


Bringing us to a close and with thanks, welcome back Abigail Harrison…

A special thank you to everyone who submitted this year, it’s been a pleasure to share and celebrate excellence in film!

Interested in enhancing yours or your organisations film skills? Then Lights, Camera, Improvement is for you! Haelo provides bespoke film training to help you produce professional video content with the equipment you already have. Find out more here.

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