Aaron Biebert

As I announced earlier [...], I'll be leading the new harm reduction film festival at the Global Forum on Nicotine. The core creative team from A Billion Lives (Jimi, Jenni, and myself) are back together for this.

-Aaron Biebert

#GFN18 Film Festival

The organisers are delighted to announce that GFN 2018 will include the first GFN Film Festival, which will be organised in association with Attention Era Media, the makers of ‘A Billion Lives’.


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Aaron Biebert, the Director of A Billion Lives, will curate the festival. Aaron says:

"Reversing propaganda and fear tactics will take more than a single movie. It will take a community of educators, leaders, and influencers who are educated and excited. A film festival focused on tobacco harm reduction will make a huge impact by inspiring filmmakers to take up the cause and help get the truth in front of the public. I am delighted to be leading this effort and believe that together we can make a difference."

Initially, the festival will feature films up to 15 minutes long. The makers of the films chosen for inclusion will be invited to attend and we hope to have short Q&A sessions with them following the screenings, which will take place within the conference venue and will be open to everyone attending the conference

The festival will take place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018, with each of the entries being eligible for the ‘Best Picture’ award, to be decided by a jury, with Aaron as the chair and presented by him to the winner, in the closing session of GFN. The winning entry will also be shown during the closing session. A full programme for the festival will be available to everyone attending GFN. 

If you would like to enter a film for inclusion in the festival, please take note that entries must be submitted to with either a secure Vimeo or YouTube link.Laurels - GFN Film Festival - Official Selection - White.jpg

For each official selection, the organisers of GFN will provide two complimentary registrations for the filmmakers, which will enable them also to take part in other parts of the conference, including the social and networking events.

The closing date for entries is Monday 16th April 2018 and the makers of films chosen for screening will be informed by Friday 11th May 2018

If you have any questions about the festival, or require more technical information please contact .