The rules: 1) Register anytime up to May 10th (form below) 2) Make a video 3-minutes long or less. 3) Submit by 6 PM May 10th 4) Have fun!

Did you know the May 10th, the revised challenge end date, is the anniversary of the first color pictures of Earth sent back from Apollo 10 in 1969.

Eligibility: Residents & Friends

As with all things WPAA-TV, Wallingford residency is automatic eligibility. For this special movie challenge, our friends are eligible too. Who is a friend? Friends of Freeman P Quinn and Followers of the WPAATV in social media. We have added Friend and Follow criteria points in the Judging process so Wallingford folks that are friends can get Xtra points too.

Take One 3-Minute 2020 features 1-shot movies made at home (or business)


The challenge: Make a movie about being in isolation. It can be about memories, new experiences, feelings, family, It can be a parody. It can be a discovery of your personal space. You must include your home (or business) in the movie. For additional points include one or more of the challenge lines.

Challenge Lines: ‘In these times …’ and/or ‘In this together …‘ and/or ‘Home is where the heart is …‘and/or ‘… did not ask for this

Your movie

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic your movie must be made with tools you have at home, on your phone or online. It can be in any style: 1-shot or highly produced. It can be oral history, documentary, voice-over, drama, storytelling, music video, animation, or stop-action. You decide. We can provide you a cloud editing tool at no cost.  WeVideo

What is 1-SHOT movie?

With a camera you own, or with your smartphone, record your entire movie from start to finish with no additional editing. Push Record. Film. End Record. Review. Decide: Submit or Do Again.


If using your phone, hold it horizontally.
Challenge lines can be spoken or shown.
Plan your movie. Maybe you or your team designed titles & credits. Maybe a ‘wide-shot to zoom in’ could use a bit of practice. Do you have enough lighting? Are there predictable sounds you want to avoid or include? Do you have a new poem or song about these times? What DIY projects are you doing? Tell us in a video story. Your camera person can be socially distant. 

Categories and Prizes — #ShopLocal #SupportLocal

PRIZES: You tell us where you want us to make a payment on your behalf to a local Wallingford Business (or donation to a local charity). Your choice. We will contact the business (charity). We will tell them an award-winning Movie Maker is a patron or supporter. We will make a payment to them equal to your winning with a tip to cover credit card fees. Then you can go to the local business with your winnings credited to your purchase.

Category Judges Choice Audience Choice Best Story

Funny 1-shot




Creative 1-shot








MORE MOVIE MAKERS – MORE PRIZES: We are asking for your age at registration. Prizes will be added to age-clusters of participants.

STORY: If someone videotapes you sitting in a chair telling a good story, there is less camera technique involved. But you could win ‘best story.’ You might need to share the prize with the person holding the camera for you. We love a good story. Prizes for storytelling can be added to the other prizes or be won independently.

TECH: For the future filmmakers, animators — the folks with tools at home. 3-Minute Challenge is always 3 times a year for you. We have up to 26 free WeVideo logins for cloud-based editing. Check interested on your registration form and we will get back to you with login details or send an email to

Promote and win

We want as many people to share video stories as possible. We will reward people or organizations promoting the contest. When you promote the coVIDEO MOVIE CHALLENGE we will reward your success. Promoters are not required to make a movie. But it would be nice.
Tell folks how to identify you in their registration. Promoter codes can be organization names, your first name, something you made up in the spirit of having fun. If 9 movie makers tag you, YOU WIN $10 towards a purchase of local treats. If you get 19 movie makers giving us your code, you get $25.  28 participants, $35 There is No Limit. No flattening of this CURVE.
How to submit your movie

Transfer your video to us at using tools like google drive or dropbox. If you made it with your phone send it in messenger to Freeman P Quinn.


COMMUNITY JUDGING: all movies submitted to the contest will be posted on wpaatv YouTube Channel. Winners are most liked within categories. You can promote.
OUR JUDGES: Camera technique. Creativity. Humor. Skills for Tech submissions. Story. Points will be given for the creative use of the challenge lines. More lines more points.
Up to 4 EXTRA POINTS: Friend of Freeman P Quinn Friend on Facebook or Twitter. WPAATV Page Follower. Instagram Follower. Yes, we want your movie AND your friendship. 


Winners will be announced May 20th presently the Last Day of Stay at Home Order in the United States.


$10 toward a purchase at Sweet Creams after May 20th.