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2018 Neuro Film Festival

The Winners Are in!

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Neuro Film Festival! Videos were submitted by people of all ages for this year's Neuro Film Festival! Each told its own powerful story that built a strong case for why more research is needed to cure brain disease. Congratulations to the following winning submissions:

Neuroscience Is...™ Cool (Only open to kids ages 13-17)
Anjali Sadarangani for "Neuroscience is Cool!" There is energy all around us, but the brain is what makes it all perceivable. This video explores the brain?s role in processing the sights and sounds that we experience every day.

Neuroscience Is...™ Rewarding
Alison Caldwell for "Why I Love Neuroscience." Alison wanted to be an astronaut ever since she was a little kid. But in college she discovered neuroscience. She was amazed to learn there are more synaptic connections in the brain than there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Today she is pursuing her PhD in neuroscience.

Neuroscience Is...™ Critical
Dr. Carlos Muniz for "Tough as Iron." A group of doctors traveled to a small town in the Dominican Republic to visit residents affected by pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), a rare neurologic condition that causes involuntary movements.

Neuroscience Is...™ Essential
Trish Flanagan for "Morgan's Story." Morgan was born with an HNRNPH2 mutation. The condition inhibits her normal development, but it cannot limit the spirit of love and happiness that surrounds her everywhere she goes.

The winning videos and other video entries into the 2018 Neuro Film Festival will be shown at the 2018 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21—27. In attendance will be close to 14,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals.

Thank you for the support of the Neuro Film Festival, and please help continue to help raise awareness of the importance of neuroscience!

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Participants submitted videos into one of four categories. Click to view all accepted video entries in each category.


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

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


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