This contest is sponsored by Optimist International, the Optimist International Foundation and the Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation. The grand prize is a $1,000 Club grant and all Clubs that submit a video are entered into a drawing for a $250 grant. All grants are generously funded by the Optimist International Foundation and the Canadian Children's Optimist Foundation.
The deadline for submissions is March 15. Entries will be judged based on original content, creativity, composition and the extent to which the topic question was answered. Start filming your entry today!
What is the Reel Optimism Contest? It is the second annual video contest for Optimist Clubs and Members to represent their experience of being an Optimist in a creative and powerful way.
Topic: "The greatest thing about being an Optimist is..."
Who is eligible to participate? We encourage all Clubs to participate, but only Clubs in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean are eligible to receive a Club Grant.
How to Enter:
Use the creativity of your Club Members and resources in your community to create a short, three minute or under, video finishing the sentence, "The greatest thing about being an Optimist is..."
Upload your finished video to YouTube by March 15, 2014. Your video submission must include your Club name and the hashtag #ReelOptimism. Including this hashtag will make it easier for us to find your submission.
Include a video description and "tags" for your video.
After the video is uploaded, email the video link to email@example.com.
January 15, 2014 - March 15, 2014
Members and Clubs submit videos on YouTube following the submission guidelines.
May 1, 2014
Finalists will be announced and voting will be opened to the public.
May 15, 2014
Public voting will end and winning Clubs will be notified.
July 10-12, 2014
Winning videos will be announced during the 2014 Optimist International Convention in Las Vegas and Clubs will be invited on stage to receive their Club Grant.
Entries will be judged based on original content, creativity, composition and the extent to which the topic question was answered. We encourage all types of submissions!
$1,000 Club Grant
$500 Club Grant
$250 Club Grant
All Clubs that submit a video will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $250 Club Grant.
Contact your local library, college or high school media class for help editing your video.
Get as many of your Club Members involved as you can.
Like our page on Facebook to catch updates and connect with others Optimists who are creating videos: www.facebook.com/reeloptimism
Include footage of your Club events or projects to give the viewer a sense of the direct impact your Club has on the community.
If you would like to discuss this program further, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 500-8130.