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Reel Optimism Video Contest
Club Showcase

Congratulations to the Centerville Noon Optimist Club in Ohio for winning the Club Showcase category of the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest!

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Youth Club Showcase

Congratulations to the Junior Optimist Club of Coronado in California for winning the Youth Club Showcase category of the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest!

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Put Your Optimism on Display

Congratulations to the Highland High School Technology Club in Illinois for winning the Put Your Optimism on Display category of the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest!

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2017 Contest - Categories

Optimists in Action – Adult – a video (3:00 minutes or less) that visually illustrates the topic of optimism. Submissions by adult Clubs only.

Optimists in Action – Youth – a video (3:00 minutes or less) that visually illustrates the topic of optimism. Submissions by Junior Optimist (youth) Clubs only.

Make Optimism Go Viral – Adult – a video (45 seconds or less) that visually illustrates the topic of optimism in a humorous way. Submissions by adult Clubs only.

Make Optimism Go Viral – Youth – a video (45 seconds or less) that visually illustrates the topic of optimism in a humorous way. Submissions by Junior Optimist Clubs only.

Optimism – Public – a video (3:00 minutes or less) that visually illustrates the topic of optimism. Submissions by the public only.

2017 Contest - Dates

February 17 - April 14, 2017
Members, Clubs and general public submit videos following the submission guidelines.

To submit a video, see below:



May 12, 2017
Finalists announced and voting will be opened to the public.

May 31, 2017
Public voting ends.

June 2, 2017
The videos receiving the most votes in each category will be announced. All Reel Optimism video submissions will be shown at the 2017 Optimist International Convention in Albuquerque. Winning Clubs and individuals will be invited on stage to receive their awards.
How to Enter

Use the creativity of Club Members, partners and resources in your community to create a short video that illustrates the topic: "Optimism”

Adult Optimist Clubs may only submit a video in the “Optimists in Action – Adult” and “Make Optimism Go Viral – Adult” categories.

Junior (youth) Optimist Clubs may only submit a video in the “Optimists in Action – Youth” and “Make Optimism Go Viral – Youth” categories.

Community groups, nonprofits and individuals may only submit a video in the "Optimism - Public" category.

Clubs must include their Club name and location (city and state/province) when submitting.

Community groups, nonprofits and individuals must include their organization or individual name and location (city and state/province) when submitting.

Videos may be uploaded beginning February 17, 2016 and the deadline to submit a video is April 14, 2017.