Enter to Win $5,000 for Obesity Video

movie-clapper-clipartIf you are older than 18 years and live in the USA, you may be interested in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)’s It Starts Now,” contest that will award winners up to $5,000 and a trip to Los Angeles, where winning entries will premiere during ObesityWeek 2015 (Nov. 2 to Nov. 7, 2015). The second-place winner will receive $3,500, and two third-place winners will receive $1,500 each.

According to the ASMBs release, anyone with a video camera or smartphone can submit their stories in videos of five minutes or less that creatively inspire, motivate and educate people to think differently about obesity.

Videos or films should address the topic of obesity and can be of any genre including drama, documentary, animation, journalism, public service announcements, experimental or music videos. There is no fee for submission.

Some ideas for video and filmmakers to consider include:

  • What makes obesity a disease like cancer or heart disease
  • Treating Obesity as a Disease with counseling, medications, surgery
  • Obesity in America
  • The Health and Economic Consequences of Obesity
  • Obesity Affects Everyone
  • Obesity: Balancing Prevention and Treatment Strategies
  • Combatting weight stigma and discrimination
  • Life transformations and personal struggles and triumphs
  • Solutions to the obesity epidemic

Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, direction, content and thoughtfulness.

It Starts Now judges include Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Perry Rein; journalist Dan Childs, managing editor, medical coverage, ABC News; screenplay writer of Remember the Titans, Gregory Allen Howard; Jamie Dukes, NFL Network commentator and former NFL player; and Dr. Morton.

A previous ASMBS motivational video that tells three stories from the perspectives of a nurse, military veteran and former NFL player, may serve as an example.

Entries must be received by October 23, 2015. Visit itstartsnow.asmbs.org for instructions on how to enter.


Good Luck!

Edmonton, AB