International Epilepsy Day is an annual event which aims to promote the awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries. It is a joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy. Every year on the second Monday of February people across the globe join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy. On this special day, events and celebrations take place to mark this global recognition of a common disease affecting more than 50 million people.
As part of the International Epilepsy Day 2019 celebrations taking place this year on Monday, 11 February, people of all ages are invited to enter a video competition with cash prizes for winning entries. There are two categories which you can submit your video under that of; ‘My personal story’ or an ‘Educational video’. By choosing the first category you are encouraged to share your own life or community helping to inspire a better understanding of what it is to live with epilepsy. Alternatively, you or your organisation may have created a short video highlighting and educating the public, policy makers, people with epilepsy and indeed their carers, about epilepsy. If this video was made within the past three years, and fits the criteria of the second category you can submit it. In both categories your video must not exceed 2 minutes, must be uploaded to YouTube or YouKu (China) and must also be accompanied by a short descriptive of no more than 100 words.
Winners will be selected by a judging panel and results will be announced on Friday, 8 February, just in time to showcase the results on International Epilepsy Day 2019.
Remember the submission deadline for your video is Friday, 14 December. For full details about the competition, visit internationalepilepsyday.org.