Any piece of social media published on your channel within the last two years that you feel represents at least one of the themes of Rare Disease Day 2021 – rare is many, rare is strong, rare is proud.
The piece must also tell a story – for example:
- A photo with captions about a day you met up with other people affected by your condition for the first time (rare is many).
- A short video (three minutes or less) about the diagnostic odyssey or having new tests or treatments (rare is strong).
- A blog post (max 1500 words) about overcoming an obstacle and learning to accept your condition or your pride in your child who is affected by a rare condition (rare is proud).
These are just ideas – the story you share is up to you, but the piece you submit must be designed to have some kind of impact, whether it makes people understand, laugh, cry or just raises awareness!
We would love to have submissions from all age ranges and abilities – it is the storytelling that is being judged, not how well the piece was edited or produced.
As much as we love them, we cannot accept submissions which are just memes or TikTok dances!
You can submit:
- Video/animation (maximum of three minutes).
- Blog/copy/text (maximum of 1500 words).
- Images/photos/infographics – can be a single piece (with or without captions) or a series of images (maximum five) published as part of the same post/story.
If your piece contains more than one of the above – for example, a blog with images, please choose the primary method of telling your story (ie, if the photos are just to accompany the blog then submit it as a blog).
You cannot submit:
- Videos which are more than three minutes long and/or were previously submitted to the Rare Film Festival.
- More than two submissions per person, per category or the same entry in more than one category.
- Anything which is not your original content or does not have the relevant permissions of everyone in it to share.
- Anything which is offensive, contains inappropriate language or activities.
Submissions from those under the age of 18 will require the consent of a parent or guardian.