6th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition

Exciting Opportunity for Hofstra Students

Applications are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition, which will be held April 3, 2019 during Hofstra University's National Public Health Week programming. This competition is sponsored by the School of Health Professions and Human Services, Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

For the past six years, we have had teams of students from various disciplines across campus create short videos focused on top health priorities for New Yorkers. The top three winning films received cash prizes and have had their films displayed on the Nassau County Department of Health website.

We plan to use the same format this year: participants will work on interdisciplinary teams to create short videos focused on myths related to healthcare topics and healthcare professions.

We are very interested in receiving applications from students in non-health as well as health-related areas. Society’s most complicated challenges require multidisciplinary solutions.

If you are interested in competing this year, click on the link below and fill out the short application. All students, graduate and undergraduate, are welcome to apply.

Applications are due by February 7, 2019 at 4 pm. Teams will be constructed based on student interest, availability, and the interdisciplinary composition of the teams. Students will be notified of acceptance by February 14, 2019.



  • Focus: Many people have preconceived beliefs related to various healthcare practices and diseases that are not backed up by evidence.  Come help us bust some of those healthcare and healthcare professions myths.   
  • Topics: This Student Film Competition will address the following general priority areas; specific focus will be determined by team members:
    1. Pedestrian Myths
    2. Vaccination Myths
    3. Nutrition Myths
    4. Pregnancy Myths
    5. Myths related to HIV/AIDS/STDs  
    6. Myths related to the Physician Assistant Profession
    7. Myths related to Mental Health Professions  
    8. Fitness/Exercise Myths
    9. Aging Myths
  • Film Structure: Videos can focus on advocacy, education or prevention; they can be animated shorts, documentary-style or other style; and they must be under 3 minutes.
  • Criteria: Videos will be evaluated based on content and quality:
    • Content criteria: use of evidence/data and a focus on how this topic relates to suburban communities on Long Island.
    • Quality criteria: appropriate audience targeted; audience engagement; and production quality.
  • Faculty Guidance: Faculty members from various academic programs will be assigned to teams to offer guidance and feedback. Technical assistance and access to video editing labs during the final stages of production will be offered.
  • Awards: A professional panel, as well as the audience, will judge films. First, second, and third place teams will receive cash prizes.
  • Timeline:
    • February 7thth – Application due via link above
    • February 14th – notifications of accepted application
    • February 20th, 11:15 am-12:30 pm (Common Hour) – Kickoff Event
    • April 3th, 11:15 am-12:45pm (Common Hour) – Contest and Award Ceremony.

For more information, please contact Kelly Porta, Assistant Professor Dept of PA Studies at Kelly.R.Porta[at]hofstra.edu.