Community Film Event

The ISN Community Film Event: Share Your Kidney Care Story

Stories are as important as the people telling them.

Throughout the years, the ISN has presented dozens of challenging but inspirational accounts of people affected by kidney diseases told with compassion and courage.


Now in its 5th edition, the ISN Community Film Event is an opportunity to raise awareness, stimulate a conversation, and engage an audience on kidney health issues.

Transform your experience into a narrative of seven minutes or less and share your story with the ISN Community.

The ISN Community Film Event is hosted during the annual World Congress of Nephrology. Learn more about the 2023 competition and how to submit your story on the WCN’23 website.

Get Inspired by Previous Winners and Finalists

Watch the video interviews of winners from previous editions sharing the experience about its participation.

Interview with Dr. Jeyakumar Meyyappan
2022 ISN Community Best Film winner
For Some the Wait Never Ends

Interview with Dr. Roberto Pecoits-Filho
2021 ISN Community Best Film winner
Life Beyond the Transplant


“2022 ISN Film Community Best Film” winner

For Some the Wait Never Ends
J. Meyyappan (Senior Resident, Nephrology, Lucknow, India), N. Prasad, V. Vamsidhar, S. Sabarinath  (Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Nephrology, Lucknow, India)

“2022 WKD Best Film” winner

Ilan Lavi Donates a Kidney – And Gets a Happiness Transplant
Submitted by:W. Wasser (Leumit Health Care, Department of Nephrology, Jerusalem, Israel)

Alport Story: From Personal Isolation to International Collaboration for Kidney Care
Submitted by:S. Gear (Alport UK, Patient- Patient Advocacy Group, Oxford, United Kingdom), R. Lenno (Manchester University, Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, Manchester, United Kingdom), S. Clarke (Alport UK, Patient- Filmmaker and Action Sports Enthusiast, Reading, United Kingdom), P. Walker (Alport UK, Patient, London, United Kingdom), J. Zhang (China Alport Patient Organisation, Patient, Shanghai, China), V. Fronterè (Associazione Sindrome di Alport- A.S.A.L Onlus, Patient, Siena, Italy), A. Zealey Smith (Alport UK, Patient, Southampton, United Kingdom), N.R.H. Hassan (Alport UK, Patient, Manchester, United Kingdom), A. Jardin (Alport Syndrome Foundation, Patient, New York, United States) Y. Cai (China Alport Patient Organisation, Patient, Beijing, China)
Together We Can Change Lives
Submitted by:M. Canales (Fundacion Luz y Vida, NGO, Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
Anthony’s Story. Nocturnal Dialysis: This Game-Changing-Service Puts Patients at The Centre of Their Care, Supporting Them to Access Treatment When and How it Suits Them
Submitted by:J. Skewes, S. Gleeson, S. Morris, S. Govindarajulu, (Queensland Health, Darling Downs Kidney Service- Toowoomba Hospital- Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Toowoomba, Australia) B. Judd (Queensland Health, CEQ. Engage- Clinical Excellence Queensland, Brisbane, Australia), C. Mears, A. Salisbury (Queensland Health, Advancing Kidney Care 2026- Clinical Excellence Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Pregnancy in Dialysis Story
Submitted by:J. Santacruz (Clinica de los Riñones Menydial, Nephrology- dialysis, Quito, Ecuador), C. Santacruz (Clinica de los Riñones Menydial, Nephrology- dialysis, Quito, Ecuador,Clínica de los Riñones Menydial, Nephrology, Quito, Ecuador)
Kidney Transplantation: New Life New Hope
Submitted by:F. Nobi, T.S. Kashem, N.A.S. Begum, S.U.Z. Arefin, H.U. Rashid, S. Nomany (Kidney Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, Nephrology and Transplantation, Dhaka, Bangladesh).

“2021 ISN Film Community Best Film” winner

Life Beyond the Transplant
Submitted by: R. Pecoits Filho (Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, DOOPS Program, Ann Arbor, United States), R. Pine (Santa Casa de Curitiba Hospital, Nefrology, Curitiba, Brazil)

“WKD 2021 Best Film” winner

The Mountain in His Blood
Submitted by: J. Cledes (Fondation AUB SANTE, Nephrology – Dialysis, Saint-Gregoire, France), F. Hure (Fondation AUB Santé, Nephrology-Dialysis, Rennes, France)


Aham Kushalini
Submitted by: S. Thukral and D.S. Ray (RTIICS, Nephrology, Kolkata, India)


A Successful Story of an Underpriviledged Female Haemodialysis Patient
Submitted by: T.S. Kashem (Kidney Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, Nephrology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)


A Struggle for a Normal Life
Submitted by: C. Vieira ( Hospital Ernesto Dornelles, Nephrology, Porto Alegre, Brazil), J.D. Pereira, M.A. Sivino  and C. Schlee (Hospital Ernesto Dornelles, Hospital Ernesto Dornelles, Porto Alegre, Brazil)


Stop chronic kidney disease in rural areas
Submitted by: O. John (The George Institute for Global Health, Research and Development, New Delhi, India)


Mehwish – Challenging the Challenges (Story of a Dialysis Patient)
Submitted by: B. Jamil (Tabba Kidney Institute- Karachi- Pakistan., Nephrology, Karachi, Pakistan)


Hope is a Walking Dream
Director: Bhargavi Paruchuri (Vijayawada, India)

ISN Community Film Finalist - Dialysis, is this the end? Finalist

Dialysis; Is it the End?
Director: Abdelrahman Ahmad Alkholy (Assiut University, Internal Medicine Department- Nephrology Unit, Assiut, Egypt)

ISN Community Film Finalist - African Transplant Story Finalist

Hope – An African Transplant Story
Director: Warle Maina ( Ideas Unplugged and The Nairobi Hospital, Kenya
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ISN Community Film Finalist- Maternal Love Finalist

Maternal Love
Director: The National Kidney Foundation, Malaysia

ISN Community Film Finalist - Pre-dialysis Education Value Finalist

Pre-dialysis Education Value
Director: Shaikha Ali (Sand Artist Mr Luc and Medical City Ajman Nephrology, Ajman, United Arab Emirates)

ISN Community Film finalist - the one inside Finalist

The One Inside
Director: Tuta Pine

ISN Community Film Winner - Dialysis Journey of a Sarawakian Winner

Dialysis Journey of a Sarawakian
(Director: Dr. Phui Vui Eng, Sarawak General Hospital, Nephrology unit, Kuching, Malaysia)

ISN Community Film Finalist - Hope conquers all Finalist

Hope Conquers All
Director: B. Berisha, College AAB, Masive Communication, Prishtina, Kosovo

ISN Community Film Finalist - Riding the Tide of Dialysis Finalist

Riding the Tide of Dialysis
Director: P. Kopperschmidt, Fresenius Medical Care D GmbH, Global Research & Development, Schweinfurt, Germany

ISN Community Film Finalist - Art in HD Finalist

Art in Hemodialysis
A. Baptista, Pro-Rim Foundation, Marketing Department, Joinville, Brazil
J. dos Santos, Pro-Rim Foundation, Marketing Department, Joinville, Brazil
F. Nerbass Ph.D., Pro-Rim Foundation, Research Department, Joinville, Brazil
V. Calice-Silva Ph.D., Pro-Rim Foundation, Research Department, Joinville, Brazil
D. Schmitz, Mottiva Movies, Marketing, Joinville, Brazil
M.A. Vieira, Pro-Rim Foundation, Foundation’s Chair, Joinville, Brazil

ISN Community Film Finalist - Patients Included Finalist

Director: N. Scholes-Robertson, Centre for Kidney Research, Beat-CKD, Armidale, Australia

ISN Commmunity Film - Dialysis Night Fever Highlight Film

Dialysis Night Fever – Stayin’ Alive
R. Smith, Top End Health Services, Renal Services, Nightcliff, Australia
P. Lawton, Menzies School of Health Research, Wellbeing & Preventable Chronic Diseases, Darwin, Australia