American Headache Society and American Migraine Foundation Announce First Annual “Migraine Moment” Film Competition

Seek Short Films Illustrating Struggles and Triumphs of People Suffering With Migraine

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ (September 16, 2015)– The American Headache Society and American Migraine Foundation, the AHS’s charitable division, today announced a call for entries for the First Annual Migraine Moment Contest.  The contest encourages people with migraine to produce short films that express their thoughts and feelings about their condition.  The competition closes April 1 and winners will be announced in May 2016.

“We’re looking for entries that convey the pain and burden, of course, but even more important,  the struggles and triumphs in finding relief,”says Lawrence C. Newman, MD, FAHS, President of the American Headache Society and Director of the Headache Institute at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital (New York City).   “Who better to offer strategies and tips for migraine than those with migraine themselves.  We hope we will find films that educate people with migraine, as well as their doctors, families, coworkers, friends and the general public.“

Entries should be no more than five minutes long, and can be works of fiction, documentaries or animations.  The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada, except where prohibited by law.

“Migraine is a very complex neurological disorder and for many individuals, symptoms persist on a daily basis and control every aspect of life.  Many patients have a remarkable ability to articulate the complexity of this disease through various mediums, so we hope to receive many types of films that creatively display the impact from a variety of perspectives,” says Foundation Chair David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), who is also Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

The First Place winner will be invited to show his or her film June 24, 2016 at the American Headache Society’s 58th Annual Scientific Meeting (Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles), with his/her travel and hotel costs paid.  Winners will also receive cash prizes:  $2,500 for First Place; $1,000 for Second Place; and $500 for Third Place.

Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, effectiveness, production quality and message.  Judging will be done by members of the American Headache Society’s Electronic Media Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society, and the American Migraine Foundation’s 36 Million Migraine Campaign Committee. Winners will be notified on or about April 30, 2016.

ABOUT MIGRAINE:  Some 36 million Americans live with migraine, more than have asthma and diabetes combined.  An estimated three to seven million Americans live with chronic migraine, a highly disabling neurological disorder. Migraine can be extremely disabling and costly, accounting for more than $20 billion in direct (e.g. doctor visits, medications) and indirect (e.g. missed work, lost productivity) expenses each year in the United States.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEADACHE SOCIETY: The American Headache Society (AHS) is a professional society of health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and face pain. The Society’s objectives are to promote the exchange of information and ideas concerning the causes and treatments of headache and related painful disorders. Educating physicians, health professionals and the public and encouraging scientific research are the primary functions of this organization. AHS activities include an annual scientific meeting, a comprehensive headache symposium, regional symposia for neurologists and family practice physicians, and publication of the journal Headache.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN MIGRAINE FOUNDATION: The American Migraine Foundation is a non-profit foundation supported by the American Headache Society and generous donors dedicated to the advancement of migraine research. Its mission is to support innovative research that will lead to improvement in the lives of those who suffer from migraine and other disabling headaches is the companion website to the American Headache Society (, the professional services organization for the world’s foremost clinicians and researchers working in migraine.