It’s time again for the annual Neuro Film Festival video contest, sponsored by the American Brain Foundation, the foundation for the American Academy of Neurology. Patients, caregivers, service providers, students, and researchers are all invited to create videos up to five minutes long, for a chance to win a prize of $1,000 and a trip to San Diego for the AAN conference. The deadline to enter is January 31, 2013.

A handy YouTube playlist compiles all the entries for easy viewing.

One of my favourite entries so far is “The Intensity of Life,” a beautifully produced video featuring a man with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s rare to find the perspective of a person who has dementia, and this is a a fantastic personal story. Eloquent and intelligent with insights like, “I miss the intensity of life. It’s like the colours of the sunset, and the sky, and the ocean, have all diminished.” Perhaps the most touching moment happens when he thanks his wife for her caregiving and says that if he ever forgets to thank her, he wants her to know that he really is appreciative and loves her.

Although sad to consider what lies ahead for this man, it’s wonderful that he’s sharing his story now in order to educate people about early-onset Alzheimer’s and the need for research.

If you would like to make a video about a neurological condition, enter it in the contest before month’s end, and stay tuned for an opportunity to vote.