WALLINGFORD — Stories of life in quarantine are sought by WPAA-TV for its COVIDEO 3-minute Movie Challenge.
“Social distancing doesn't mean we can't communicate throughout our community,” said Riyad Lahnin, a member of the public access TV station’s board of directors.
The shorts can be entered in one of three categories — funny 1-shot, creative 1-shot, or the tech category for those with more editing skills. The 1-shot categories must be filmed without a cut.
“It gives it a bit more natural qualities, organic qualities when it's one shot,” Lahnin said.
Entries must be submitted by May 10.
WPAA’s website says movies can be about “memories, new experiences, feelings, family, It can be a parody. It can be a discovery of your personal space.” The movies must be made at home or at a filmmaker’s business.
The website also explains who can enter. All town residents are eligible.
Extra points towards winning can be earned by incorporating at least one of the contest’s “challenge lines” — “In these times …” or “In this together …” or “Home is where the heart is …” or “ … did not ask for this.”
The page devoted to the contest on the station’s website also gives production tips on things like framing, lighting and dialogue.
Winners will be determined by a panel made up of members of the board of directors. The Judges’ Choice for each category will receive $50. There will be public voting for the $25 Audience Choice prize and a $19 Best Story award. Prizes will also be broken up into age categories. WPAA received an anonymous $500 donation to help with the prizes
WPAA typically holds three movie challenges a year, which has inspired some local youth to become more interested in filmmaking, said WPAA-TV Executive Director Susan Huizenga.
She hopes the project will help members of the local community to communicate with each other during the pandemic.
“Gives them a sense of not being alone … giving voice to their own situation,” she said. “To be part of an archival history of the time that they'll be able to go back to in a year and see how they feel about this.”