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Are you ready for your close-up? This year OCD Awareness Week will be taking place October 8 – 14, 2017! Along with various other events and programs, we are excited to announce that we are 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.

Our 2016 winning video This Old Ghost, was submitted by filmmaker and animator Liz Smith, and based on a poem by James Lloyd. Liz says that “together they turned James’ poem into this film with the aim of using it to build awareness of what living with OCD feels like and to help bust myths around what OCD is.” Congratulations! And thank you to all of our video submissions for helping to raise awareness about OCD! You can find videos by all of last year’s finalists here. 

Entries for the 2017 Contest need to be uploaded by October 8, 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 2018 Annual OCD Conference in Washington D.C. 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 Awareness Week page closer to this year’s Awareness Week, taking place October 8-14. We’ll be posting more ways to get involved and help raise awareness of OCD and related disorders all fall!

2016 Winning Film

This Old Ghost — by Liz Smith
“This Old Ghost” was developed from a poem written by James Lloyd. James is a writer and science journalist in the UK and has suffered with OCD since childhood. Working with filmmaker and animator Liz Smith, together they turned his poem into this film with the aim of using it to build awareness of what living with OCD feels like and to help bust myths around what OCD is.

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