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2018 Neuro Film Festival

Tell us your story

Is yours about yourself, or a loved one? Are you studying neuroscience in school or considering neurology as a career? Do you want to help raise awareness of and funding for critical brain disease research? Or are you simply fascinated by the wonders of the brain?

Pick up a camera or your phone, make a video, and share your story!

Video submission deadline: March 2, 2018

Submit a Video


The Neuro Film Festival is an online video contest that encourages people to share their story about how brain disease has impacted their life, or why they are fascinated by the wonders of the brain.

The Neuro Film Festival has four different video categories...that's four ways to win!

Pick any category that best suits your story—or stories:

  1. "Why I think Neuroscience Is...™ Cool"—Tell us why the brain is fascinating (ideal category for kids ages 13-17)
  2. "Why I think Neuroscience Is...™ Rewarding"—Tell us how discovery opens doors (ideal category for undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, and residents)
  3. "Why I think Neuroscience Is...™ Essential"—Tell us why research is key (ideal category for patients, families, and caregivers)
  4. "Why I think Neuroscience Is...™ Critical"—Tell us why advocacy makes an impact (ideal category for advocates, patient groups, and neurology professionals)

For guidance and inspiration, see Topic Ideas and Tips.


The Neuro Film Festival is awarding $4,000 in cash prizes!
The Grand Prize winner from each category will receive $1,000.


What is neuroscience? Neuroscience is the study of your brain and nervous system.

Why is neuroscience research important? Brain disease affects 1 in 6 people in the United States. Increasing the understanding of the brain enables scientists to develop preventions, treatments, and cures for brain diseases such Alzheimer's disease, stroke, concussion, ALS, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and others.

What is the Neuro Film Festival? The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, presents the Neuro Film Festival to help build awareness and demonstrate the importance of neuroscience research by creating a community that supports neurologic research and inspires more young people to pursue careers in neuroscience.

Through the Neuro Film Festival video contest, the AAN aims to:

  • Get young minds thinking about the cool wonders of the brain
  • Foster students interest as they study the rewarding experience of gaining knowledge of the brain and all it does
  • Evolve this interest into robust careers in neuroscience research that is essential to finding cures and caring for patients with brain disease
  • Support the advocacy work that is critical in building awareness and research funding for brain disease


  1. Review the Contest Rules and watch How to Submit a Video. Videos will need to follow specific criteria to be considered for submission.
    • If you are between the ages of 13-17, before your video can be accepted into the contest, a legal guardian is required to read the Contest Rules and electronically agree to the terms
    • Video contest open only to legal residents of the United States
  2. Make a video, no longer than five minutes in length.
    • Remember your video must include one of the four "Neuroscience Is..." phrases—you can say it, put it in text, or use voice over:
      • "Neuroscience Is... Cool."
      • "Neuroscience Is... Rewarding."
      • "Neuroscience Is... Essential."
      • "Neuroscience Is... Critical."
  3. The Neuroscience Is... Cool category is reserved for kids ages 13-17 only.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox—any place that provides a link to where we can download the file.
  5. Fill out the Submission Form, cut and paste the link to your video that you have uploaded.
  6. All accepted video entries will be placed on the Neuro Film Festival YouTube Channel for everyone to view!
  7. Share your video with your family and friends, like us on Facebook, and use #NeuroFilmFestival.


  1. Deadline for all video submissions is March 2, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET.
  2. Winners will be contacted in April 2018.
  3. Winners will be announced on April 20, 2018, during the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.


  1. No limit on submissions—you can enter as many videos in as many categories as you like. Each individual video can only focus on one category.
  2. Entrants need to provide a link to their video so the Neuro Film Festival can download the video file. Video file should be at least 720P.
  3. The Neuro Film Festival reserves the right to use all video entries for promotional purposes.
  4. All rights and permissions for music and content used in your video must be properly secured.


View the 2018 Neuro Film Festival Contest Rules

The views expressed in the films are those of the entrants and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the American Academy of Neurology and its affiliated organizations.

Presented by the American Academy of Neurology.


Topic Ideas and Tips for Categories
  1. "Why I think Neuroscience Is... Cool."
    • Tell us why you enjoy studying neuroscience.
    • Share your dreams about a future career in neuroscience.
    • What do you find interesting about the brain?
    • Are you involved in any extracurricular activities? How do you use your brain while participating in these activities?
    • Be creative in your story telling.
    • Make the video visual, use props, show your science project.
    • Must incorporate the message "Neuroscience Is... Cool."
    • Watch the Neuroscience Is... Cool campaign video for additional inspiration.
  2. "Why I think Neuroscience Is... Rewarding."
    • Why do you think a career in neuroscience and neurology is important?
    • What intrigues you about studying neuroscience?
    • How would you encourage your peers to get more involved in neuroscience?
    • Highlight your mentor or your mentorship experience. Why is this important?
    • What are your challenges in pursuing a career in neuroscience and neurology?
    • Must incorporate the message "Neuroscience Is... Rewarding."
    • Watch the Neuroscience Is... Rewarding campaign video for additional inspiration.
  3. "Why I think Neuroscience Is... Essential."
    • How has brain disease affected you or a loved one's life?
    • Do you have a story on how participating in a clinical trial has positively impacted your life?
    • Why do you think Neuroscience Is... Essential to the hope for future discoveries, treatments, or cures?
    • Do you have a story on how a neurologist has positively impacted your life?
    • Must incorporate the message "Neuroscience Is... Essential."
    • Watch the Neuroscience Is... Essential campaign video for additional inspiration.
  4. "Why I think Neuroscience Is... Critical."
    • How do you or how have you advocated for more funding for brain disease research or treatment?
    • How does your non-profit raise funds for brain research?
    • Have you communicated with your local/national legislators? What impact did it have?
    • How do you see our communities in a few years with or without the necessary brain disease research funding?
    • Tell us about any sustainable models you've created to connect patients with scientists, neurologists, and legislators to discuss the importance of research funding Must incorporate the message "Neuroscience Is... Critical."
    • Must incorporate the message "Neuroscience Is... Critical."

List of Brain and Nervous System Diseases.


Who is eligible to submit a video?
Entrants must be at least 13 years of age, and a legal resident of the United States.

How do I submit my video?
Please fill out the simple application form, include a link to your video, and do not forget to read and consent to the Contest Rules.

How do I determine what category I should enter?
We have suggested ideal groups for each category. Please see the Topic Ideas and Tips to determine which category best fits your story.

Can I submit more than one video?
Yes, you can submit more than one video into the Neuro Film Festival. Each video must include only one of the four "Neuroscience Is..." phrases—you can say it, put it in text, or use voice over.

  • "Neuroscience Is... Cool" (reserved for kids 13-17)
  • "Neuroscience Is... Rewarding"
  • "Neuroscience Is... Essential"
  • "Neuroscience Is... Critical"

Where do I send my video?
You can add your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or any place where it provides a link for downloading the file. All you need to do is provide the link on your application form.

What is the deadline for entering my video into the 2018 Neuro Film Festival online video contest?
Your completed application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2, 2018.

What is a branded video front card?
This image will be up for a few seconds at the beginning of your video and will include the Neuro Film Festival logo and American Academy of Neurology logo. The AAN will add the branded video front card to your video.

Where will my video be seen?
If accepted into the Neuro Film Festival, your video will viewable on the Neuro Film Festival YouTube channel for all to see!

How many winners will receive a cash prize?
There will be one Grand Prize winner for each category. Each winner will receive $1,000.

When will the winners be announced?
The winning videos will be announced on Friday, April 20, 2018, during the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.