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The WPC understands the power of video messages. We launched a video competition leading up to the WPC 2010 which was an outstanding success. You can still watch the two winning videos below on this page and most of the videos submitted are still on display on YouTube.


The WPC 2013 invites you to make a video about your experience with PD and to share your journey with the larger community on the Road to a Cure. The WPC works to advance science, promote community, and inspire hope and sees video as a way to achieve these aims. The individual paths each of us takes can come together at the WPC to build and/or reveal a greater understanding of Parkinson’s disease.


In this light, we invite and encourage members of the Parkinson’s community, including people with Parkinson’s, scientists, caregivers, rehab specialists, health activists, clinicians, doctors, family members, pharmaceutical representatives, Foundation staff, and others to share your story or stories about PD with the WPC community. Check out the videos submitted to the WPC 2013 Video Competition to date.


Key Dates

Film Categories

Submission Steps and Information

Tips for creating your video





Submission site opens on Monday, November 5, 2012

Submission site closed on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Notifications to go out by Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12midnight ET US.


Both categories open to anyone in the entire Parkinson’s community

General Parkinson’s category is simply an open category available for anyone who wishes to share his or her story in a funny, meaningful, mournful, or informational manner. The sky is the limit in this category.

Creativity and Parkinson’s category is for videos pertaining to the human virtue of creativity and how it impacts your life. Everyone uses creativity at different times and to varying degrees.  Recent research has shown that dopamine therapy can increase creativity, which may explain some of the observed phenomena of accelerated creativity in people with Parkinson's.. Your video could show how creativity helps in your daily life or it could show how your Parkinson’s has affected your view of creativity? This category just requires a cross-pollination of Parkinson’s and creativity. How you choose to showcase this is up to you.


The WPC 2013 Video exhibition will be hosted in the Parkinson’s and Creativity Theatre, an area in which videographers will be able to present their work and talk about their journey.   So, in addition to your telling us in which category you wish to submit your video, you will also be asked whether or not you would be willing to participate in one of the showcase sessions for a short period (generally about 15 minutes each) during the Congress.   


1. Create your video. YouTube recommends that you save your videos as either QuickTime .MOV, Windows .AVI, or .MPG files— these are the most common formats and they work well within the YouTube system. Recommended: Original resolution of your video - for HD it is 1920 x1080 (1080p) or 1280 x 720.  Codec H.264 or MPEG-2. Preferred containers are FLV, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4.

Because your video may be shown on large screens at the WPC Congress site in Montreal, it is important that you create it at the highest resolution you can.

2. If you don’t already have an account at YouTube, you need to register at   It is free and it only takes a couple of minutes. Register now!

3. Make and upload your video to YouTube. Your video will be assigned a unique URL; You’ll need to save the URL so you can insert it into the WPC video online application form.

4.  Make sure you have inserted the following tag words into YouTube about your video submission so viewers can find it easily: WPC, WPC 2013, WPC2013, WPC2013 video contest, World Parkinson Congress, WPC 2013 Montreal, Parkinson's videos

5. Fill in the WPC video online application form at:


6. Your WPC video will be viewed by the WPC 2013 Video Committee. Notices will go out via email by Friday, June 7, 2013 to all who entered the competition regarding the final awards.



You can use any means you have to film your video, whether it's with a video camera, webcam or phone, but the higher the quality the better. Make sure the lighting is okay and there is no background noise. Be sure to review your film before you upload it.




·      You decide what you do in your WPC video, but please don't break our terms and conditions.


·      Your video must not exceed three minutes and thirty seconds in length, including credits. We are not kidding! One second over and we will not accept it.


·      Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don't upload videos that you didn't make or use content in your videos to which someone else owns the copyright, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs or videos made by other users, without necessary authorization. Break these rules, and your video will be not be accepted or even reviewed.


·      If you feature anyone else in your video, you must have his or her consent to film him or her and to upload the video to us.


·      Do not secretly film anyone or infringe anyone's right to privacy.


·      Do not include anything that is obscene, indecent, harassing, threatening or offensive.


·      Do not say untrue things about people or companies, as this may be defamatory.


·      Your video must not promote, show or incite cruelty, violence, vandalism, fraudulent or criminal acts or contain content or images that could encourage others to commit illegal acts or acts that could cause physical harm if replicated.


·      Videos promoting or marketing products will not be accepted into the competition.


·      Other people will be able to view your video online; so don't reveal anything personal unless you're comfortable in doing so. 


·      Don't include your personal or work contact details or anyone else's personal details in the video.



Grand Prize:
   Video to be shown at the WPC 2013 opening ceremony
   Two night’s hotel accommodation for WPC 2013
   Free registration to attend the full WPC 2013
   Plus showings listed for Honorary Mentions.

First Prize: 

   One night hotel accommodation
   Free registration to attend the full WPC 2013

   Plus showings listed for Honorary Mentions.

Second Prize:

   Free registration to attend Congress

   Plus showings listed for Honorary Mentions.


Honorary Mention:

   Video to be highlighted on WPC website and Facebook page

   Video to be shown on television WPC 2013 Exhibit Hall & other possible viewings


We wish you well and look forward to an inspiring, informative, exciting, creative and moving display of videos at the WPC 2013 as our journey moves forward on this Road to a Cure. 

In the meantime, enjoy the two winning videos from the WPC 2010 made by Pamela Quinn of the US and Tony Cox of the UK.

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