Reel Optimism Video Contest

Club Showcase

Congratulations to the adult Optimist Clubs selected as finalists for the Club Showcase category of the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest!

Voting for the Reel Optimism Video Contest has ended. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Optimist International Convention in Quebec City. In the meantime, check out all of the Club Showcase videos submitted this year!

Youth Club Showcase

Congratulations to the JOOI Clubs selected as finalists for the Youth Club Showcase category of the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest!

Voting for the Reel Optimism Video Contest has ended. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Optimist International Convention in Quebec City. In the meantime, check out all of the Youth Club Showcase videos submitted this year!

Put Your Optimism on Display

Congratulations to the community groups, organizations and individuals selected as finalists for the Put Your Optimism on Display category of the 2016 Reel Optimism video contest!

Voting for the Reel Optimism Video Contest has ended. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Optimist International Convention in Quebec City. In the meantime, check out all of the Put Your Optimism on Display videos submitted this year!

2016 Categories

Club Showcase – a video (3 minutes or less) that visually illustrates the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” Submissions by adult Clubs only.

Youth Club Showcase – a video (3 minutes or less) that visually illustrates the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” Submissions by Junior (youth) Clubs only.

NEW CATEGORY IN 2016
Put Your Optimism on Display – a video (3 minutes or less) that visually illustrates the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” Open to the general public with submissions by community groups, nonprofits and individuals.

2016 Contest Dates

February 17 - April 15, 2016
Members, Clubs and general public submit videos following the submission guidelines.

May 10, 2016
Finalists announced and voting will be opened to the public.

May 31, 2016
Public voting ends.

June 30-July 2, 2016
The videos receiving the most votes in each category will be announced and shown at the 2016 Optimist International Convention in Quebec City. Attendees of the Convention (in addition to anyone watching the live stream broadcast) will have the opportunity to vote onsite for their favorite video, the winner of which will receive a bonus award. 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 sentence, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.”

Adult Optimist Clubs may only submit a video in the Club Showcase category.

Junior (youth) Optimist Clubs may only submit a video in the Youth Club Showcase category.

Community groups, nonprofits and individuals may only submit a video in the Put Your Optimism on Display 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 15, 2015.

Contest Judging

Entries will be judged based on original content, creativity, composition, story quality and the extent to which the topic question was answered. All types of submissions are encouraged!

(1) Club, organization, group or individual name should be stated or included visually.

(2) Theme should be utilized for script creation and visuals.

(3) Viewers should clearly understand how entrant visually illustrates “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others” by the completion of the video.

(4) A limited number of finalists in each category will be chosen by a panel involving Members of the Optimist International Marketing & Communications Committee and Optimist International staff based on the following criteria:

  • Club, group or individual name included in video
  • Explanation/utilization of theme
  • Use of visuals, visual effects
  • Creativity
  • Clear storyline and flow of video
  • Use of time
(5) Finalist videos will be unveiled and open to the public for their vote. Votes will be captured via an integrated social media contest tool.

Official Contest Rules
2016 Prizes

Best Club Showcase award - $1,000 Club grant

Best Youth Club Showcase award - $1,000 Club grant

Best Put Your Optimism on Display award - $1,000 grant**

Bonus prize of $500 awarded to the winner of the onsite voting at the 2016 Optimist International Convention.

Grant Rules
Optimist adult and youth Clubs that receive a Club grant award must use the funds for a Club project that benefits youth in their community.

**Winner of the Put Your Optimism on Display grant must designate a recognized youth charity in their community to receive the grant. This grant will be issued to the designated charity in the contest winner’s name.

2015 Summary

Using the creativity of Club Members and community resources, adult and youth Clubs were asked to create a video that finished the sentence, “Optimists bring out the best…”

Congratulations to the Canyon Crest Academy JOOI Club in California for winning the 2015 BEST OVERALL award!


WATCH the Canyon Crest Academy JOOI Club's winning video

2015 Category Winners

BEST OVERALL Award – Canyon Crest Academy JOOI Club, CA >> WATCH

Club Showcase – Optimist Club of Birmingham, AL >> WATCH

30-Second Challenge – Charlotte-Mallard Creek Optimist Club, NC >> WATCH

Club Showcase Youth – West Forsyth High School, GA >> WATCH

30-Second Challenge Youth – M4 JOOI Club of Yuma, AZ >> WATCH

Raffle winners:
Adult – Optimist Club of Chatham, ON
Youth – Club Octogone Laterrière, QC

Watch all 2015 submissions