2016 Reel Health International Short Film Festival
The Reel Health International Short Film Festival was originally developed by Monash Health in 2013 to provide filmmakers and film goers a different avenue to explore, reflect and discuss genuine health issues and how they affect our communities. It provides a platform to tell real stories of health through the engaging medium of film. 
In 2015 Barwon Health, in partnership with Monash Health, organised a local Barwon region tour of the Festival so that local communities had the opportunity to see and reflect on a selection of award winning short films. Over 500 people attended screenings last year with really positive feedback received from community members. Barwon Health is proud to announce that the Festival returns in 2016.
Barwon Health’s Health Promotion Unit has worked closely with Monash Health in order to showcase this year’s selection of twelve short films. The films provide a really unique opportunity to start conversations within local communities around health and wellbeing. A variety of themes will be explored in this year’s films including: life through the eyes of a group of young Vietnamese children, growing older and sense of purpose, impact of technology within our daily life, family relationships over the course of time, the difference between sanity and insanity and an individual’s personal experience of disability (amongst others).
The films have the potential to inspire, touch and challenge audiences as well as start conversations which will ultimately benefit the greater health and arts communities. Reel Health Film Festival Director, Jonathon Green, said the festival has redefined how people view health through the visual medium, and ignited passionate and meaningful conversations. 
The films are followed by a guided discussion to allow participants to respond to what they have just seen. When participants leave the screening venues, they will also be encouraged to leave a comment on the ‘graffiti board’ to let us know their thoughts. 
The Festival runs from 4 – 29 August 2016 with 14 screenings scheduled throughout the Barwon region. 
For information and bookings, visit:  http://bit.ly/1TnasL9