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Are you ready for your close-up? We’re excited to announce that the IOCDF is now accepting entries for our annual OCD Awareness Week Video Contest! Whether you’re a professional videographer who knows Final Cut Pro like the back of your hand or simply someone with a smartphone camera who is willing and ready to share your story, we want to hear from you!

Each year we host a creative contest as part of OCD Awareness Week, inviting members of the OCD community to help spread awareness and understanding by participating in our video contest. The videos can be animated shorts, documentaries, short works of fiction — anything you can imagine. Simply shoot, edit, then upload! More details about how to enter are available here.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 3.18.58 PMFor a little inspiration to help get you started, check out last year’s winning video by Melanie Lefebvre. Her video, “Cooking up Harm and Scrupulosity OCD Awareness,” was the fan favorite in 2014. Says Melanie about her experience:

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the International OCD Foundation. My participation in the 2014 OCD Awareness Video Contest was a powerful platform to help stomp out stigma. It was also a monumental step in my journey of disclosure —after all, I chose to publicly share on YouTube that I have OCD! Winning the trip to the Conference also gave me the nudge I needed to keep pushing myself with travel exposures. I’m left blown away by the creativity of the experts in the field and by the courage of all attendees.

You can find videos by all of last year’s finalists here. Melanie also blogged about her Conference experience in case you’d like to learn more about her time in Boston. 

Entries for the 2015 Contest need to be uploaded by October 9, so get busy finding your best angle, figuring out your script, and get filming! This year’s winner will again receive a free registration for the 2016 Annual OCD Conference in Chicago and a $500 voucher to help cover hotel and travel expenses. All the information you need about the contest is available here.

And if cinematography isn’t your thing, check back in with the OCD Week page closer to this year’s Awareness Week, taking place October 11-17. We’ll be posting more ways to get involved and help raise awareness of OCD and related disorders all fall!

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