Make a movie about a Wallingford Person, Place or Thing.

For details and to register for current challenge go here.

Every Challenge

Each challenge has video element requirements. An image and few lines that can appear as text or in audio. One of the lines MUST be included. If both lines used you have better chance of winning.

3-Minute Challenge is always 3 times a year. Prizes will vary based on participation. Audience judging will be part of any challenge with 7 movie submissions.

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.

Eligibility: Residents & Friends OF WPAA-TV

As with all things WPAA-TV, Wallingford residency is automatic eligibility. Our friends are eligible too. Who is a friend? Friends of Freeman P Quinn and Followers of the WPAATV in social media. All registrants will be added to our contacts and Newsletter.

Your movie

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. It can be about memories, new experiences, feelings, family, It can be a parody. It can be a discovery of your personal space. IMPORTANT: Your movie will be disqualified if any copyright is violated.

Tools for Movie Making

Music: Be careful about the music you use. It must not violate copyright. YouTube has a library of free music.
Cameras: We will loan cameras to registered participants for up to one week, longer if needed.
Editing: We can assign you access to FREE We Video cloud editing. Here is some information about it. WeVideo
Check interested on your registration form and we will get back to you with login details or send an email to

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. What DIY projects are you doing? Tell us in a video story.

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.


COMMUNITY JUDGING: All movies submitted to the contest will be posted on wpaatv YouTube Channel. Community voting will be triggered by a high level of participation.
OUR JUDGES: Points will be given for the creative use of the challenge lines. More lines more points. And the rest is about making of movies such as camera techniques, creativity, storytelling. Humor is good too.
There are PRIZES for movie making and for promoting the challenge to movie-makers.


We ask for your age at registration. If registration is high, we will use ‘Age-clusters’ to add more prizes so tell your friends.
There are PRIZES for movie making and for promoting the challenge to movie-makers.
PRIZES: You tell us which local Wallingford Business or local charity will share in your win. Your choice. We will tell them an award-winning Movie Maker is a patron or supporter. A gift certificate will be processed for you or a donation made in your name.
Below is a sample of what is possible when many movie makers participate.

Category Judges Choice Audience Choice Best Story

Funny 1-shot




Creative 1-shot








Promote the challenge, and win

When you promote the MOVIE CHALLENGE we will reward your success. Promoters are not required to make a movie. But it would be nice. If you represent a civic group or non-profit here is a way to get a small donation and maybe some stories about your organization created.

  • Decide on your own promoter code Promoter codes can be organization names, your first name, something you make up in the spirit of having fun.
  • Tell people there is a 3-Minute Movie Challenge. Ask them to register and to put your code in the registration form.
If 5 movie makers tag you, YOU WIN $10. If you get 10 movie makers giving us your code you get $25. 25 participants, $35