Public Health


7th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition

2020 Theme: Mental Health Concerns That
Affect Teens and College Age Students

Applications are now being accepted for the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition, which will be held as part of Hofstra University’s National Public Health Week programming on April 22, 2020.  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 seven years, we have had teams of students from various disciplines across campus create short videos focused on top health priorities for New Yorkers and compete for cash prizes. The top three winning films received cash prizes and have 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 a short video that raise awareness of mental health concerns that affect teens and college age students.

We are very interested in receiving applications from students in non-health as well as health related areas.  Society’s most complicated challenges require multi-disciplinary 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 24, 2020 at 4 p.m. Teams will be constructed based on student interest, availability, and the interdisciplinary composition of the teams. Students will be notified of acceptance by February 29, 2020. 


  • Focus: To help increase awareness of mental health issues that affect teens and college age students.         
  • Topics: This film competition will address the following general priority areas; specific focus will be determined by team members:
    • Suicide
    • Major Depressive Disorder
    • Eating Disorders
    • Anxiety
    • ADHD  
    • Psychosis 
    • Substance Abuse
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Film Structure: Videos can focus on advocacy, education or prevention; they can be animated shorts, documentary 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; focus on how this topic relates to suburban communities on Long Island.
    • Quality criteria: Appropriate audience targeted; audience engagement; 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.
  • Advisors: Faculty and administrators from various academic programs will be assigned to teams to offer guidance and feedback. 
  • Awards: A professional panel will judge films as well the audience. First, second, and third place team members will receive cash prizes.
  • Timeline:
    • February 24th – application due via link above
    • February 29th – notifications of accepted application
    • March 4, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Common Hour) – Kickoff Event
    • April 22, 11:15 a.m-12:45 p.m. (Common Hour) – Contest and Award Ceremony.

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