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The annual Bay Global Health Film Festival is organized by the non-profit organization IGOT (The Institute for Global Orthopedics & Traumatology). IGOT’s mission of globally improving the care to underserved populations affected by orthopaedic trauma injuries serves as our inspiration to host a local Health Film Festival dedicated to education around critical global health issues.


IGOT’s work is rooted in a commitment to long-term sustainability and maximum impact with programs dedicated to improving education, research, and advocacy for surgical care in developing countries. IGOT is part of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and is based at the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute at San Francisco General Hospital. With the film festival in its fourth year IGOT champions education and advocacy locally.


The theme for the festival is “Homelessness & Mental Health Local Impact & Global Advocacy.” This year’s focus is one of the most critical issues effecting the Bay Area today. The goal of the festival will be to create greater awareness through film and to connect our community with advocacy leaders working to enact change. 



AmberAmber Caldwell, MSc

Executive Director

Amber is a non-profit director, grant writer, global health policy specialist and advocate for Surgery as part of the greater trauma health system.  She received her MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2014 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Global and International Studies, emphasizing in Cultural Ideology with a minor in Sports Medicine from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2004. She was an Athletic Trainer for the collegiate sports teams while an undergraduate and pursued combining her interests in the global health field working for non-profit health organizations.  Amber serves as the Director of Development for IGOT the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, a non-profit within the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  IGOT is dedicated to improving the capacity for orthopaedic trauma surgery globally through research and teaching exchange programs.  Amber has always been moved by the stories of patients who do not have access to safe surgery and suffer from trauma injuries locally and globally. Amber, along with the “team” leads the festival.


Engage with our Partners


The Orthopaedic Trauma Institute

The Orthopaedic Trauma Institute (OTI) is a collaboration between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). The Institute  in addition to housing IGOT, provides expert care for all aspects of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including inpatient and outpatient orthopaedic surgical care, rehabilitation, and orthotics and prosthetics. Surgeons and physicians from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF with specific training and experience in treating these conditions staff the Institute.

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UCSF Global Health Sciences

UCSF Global Health Sciences (GHS) is dedicated to improving health and reducing the burden of disease in the world’s most vulnerable populations. GHS works with partners in countries around the world to focus UCSF’s expertise in the health, social, and biological sciences on pressing issues in global health. Through its masters and PhD programs, GHS educates the next generation of leaders in global health.

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s mission is to promote excellence in research, education and care for all at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Our vision is to provide Zuckerberg San Francisco General with the financial resources needed to ensure it remains the Heart of our City and one of the nation’s finest public hospitals, delivering exceptional comprehensive healthcare and trauma services to anyone in need. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has raised more than $220 million to fund initiatives that support research, education and care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General.

SF Homeless Project

The San Francisco Chronicle has joined with more than 70 other news organizations to focus attention on the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness in our region. The SF Homeless Project explores possible solutions that might ease, if not end, the suffering of thousands of people living on our streets, and improve the quality of life for all residents. Project participants, which began publishing in June, will continue the work throughout 2016. To date, the SF Homeless Project has been emulated in more than a dozen U.S. cities where homelessness remains a humanitarian crisis.


Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect (PHC) uses a unique service model to connect San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the life-changing care they need to move forward. In one day at a PHC event, a person experiencing homelessness can find resources – like dental care, public benefits, and prescription glasses – that might otherwise take months to find. By leveraging the power of thousands of Bay Area volunteers, and hundreds of local nonprofits and government agencies, PHC represents a community response to this community issue.


HandUp is an online fundraising tool for human service nonprofits. To date they have supported 50 agencies across 6 states in raising over $1.25 million to support homelessness programs. On HandUp you can directly support individuals, campaigns for program needs, or even give offline to people directly on the street through the HandUp Gift Card program. Whichever way you choose, 100% of all donations given go directly to individual needs or program expenses often funding the most immediate needs so people can get the exact help they need, when they need it.


Partners in Health 

Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.  By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.


Youth Radio

Youth Radio’s mission is to launch young people on education and career pathways in media, technology and creative arts.

Youth Radio’s youth-produced journalism reaches an audience of 30 million people. Last year, Youth Radio students had a 97% high school graduation rate and an 87% college enrollment rate. Youth Radio provides more than 250 paid internships per year to young people and our externship program provides direct employment in the communications sector.


Art With Impact

Art With Impact promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media.



We’re a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed public education materials and programs.


Citywide Case Management

Citywide Case Management is a division of UCSF’s Department of Psychiatry which provides comprehensive, compassionate, respectful, and culturally and clinically competent psychiatric services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.


Downtown Streets Team 

We believe that treating people with dignity and empowering them to be a part of the solution to their struggles is a major factor in their ultimate success. Our approach is unique in that we not only challenge Team Members to take an active role in their own recovery but we also empower them to create long-term solutions for their peers.

Native Sons BBQ

Two native San Franciscans whose family origins are from the deep South (of China). Born and raised in SF with a short stint in the Lone Star State, we’re here to bring real wood smoked meats to the curious.

Peace and smoked meats,
Native Sons BBQ


Kambara + Dancers

KAMBARA + DANCERS believes dance can elevate both the dancer and the audience to a state of hopefulness when society’s ills seem insurmountable and strives to make work that builds an empathic bridge between art and audience.


Hey, Cookie!

Hey, Cookie! started out as a one day venture for founder, Christa Hill, to share her favorite baked goods with friends in Dolores Park.  The positive reception quickly turned the self-taught baker into a dedicated professional with a passion for spreading good cheer.  Hey, Cookie! is donating all proceeds to the Bay Area Global Health Film Festival.


Boiling Frog Entertainment

The production company for the film #BeRobinTheMovie. The film is a documentary about Margaret Cho’s homeless outreach campaign inspired by the philanthropy of Robin Williams. Driven by the simple philosophy of, “If you have, give,” Cho and friends inspired hundreds to donate directly to the homeless population by busking in San Francisco, one of the world’s most affluent cities.

Shared Minds

A non-profit that trains and supports primary care providers in mental health in Nepal.


A non-profit that operates two district-level hospitals in rural Nepal in partnership with the Nepali government

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Micr- Documentaries

Micro-Documentaries produces short films to advance humanitarian movements and distributes them to large audiences through online media channels, events, social media, television broadcast and network partnerships. Social innovators like Bono’s [RED], the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Living Goods and change agents in more than 30 countries have used their films to raise funds, further legislation, grow their audience, win awards and increase thought leadership. 

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Disabled People Outside


Dan wanted to use his experience to help others get indoors and became active in promoting opportunities for disabled people to break the cycle of chronic homelessness.  Out of this grew the Disabled People Outside Project, a volunteer group that works with the disabled homeless as individuals and at City, State and National levels in advocating change.  Today Disabled People Outside continues their work in the East Bay in collaboration with the East Bay Community Law Center and the Homeless Action Center.

UCSF Department of Psychiatrics

UCSF Psychiatry HEAL fellowship: A two-year fellowship for psychiatrists who want to build mental health care delivery systems in low-resource settings in Nepal and the US (Navajo Nation)



August 25 |  #BeRobinTheMovie screening at the Second Act SF



September 12 | Step Up to the Plate Night with the Giants

September 17  | IGOT International Summit 

September 8-11, 14-18 | Kambara + Dancers performing a free public performance installation pre-show in the Z Space lobby

September 22 | Dogtown Redemption Screenings at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.



October 22 |  Art With Impact – Art Auction With Impact