The Wait-A-Minute Film Competition gives participants the opportunity to complete a film of one minute in length. This year's WAM is particularly exciting as it challenges contestants to create a film, with the given genres of Sci-Fi , Horror or fantasy, however you must give the film a 1980s look! Also you are required to include a concept. The concept this year is "Rewind." Doesn't that just bring back the joys of VHS? How you decide to include the concept of "Rewind" is up to you. Welcome to the 6th annual WAM film competition and screening. WAM! 80s style.

As an added bonus for our participants, a selection of the best films will be shown on the big screen at the Blue Mouse Theatre on November 15th 2019 in Tacoma WA as part of the Friday Night Frights program.

As always, your film must be one minute long, including credits. Your film must be original, you are not allowed to use copyrighted material, unless you are the copyright holder. It all begins on October 18th! You have two weeks to create your masterpiece.

This event is hosted by Friday Night Frights and Tacoma Film Alliance.

Prizes awarded to "Judges choice", "Audience favorite" and "Best use of the 80s theme and included concept."

The competition starts Oct. 18th 2019 and ends on Nov. 1st 2019. Films must be turned in on or before Nov. 1st 2019

Films must be of the following genres. Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and may be implemented as a trailer, short, music video, Anything! But!

1) They must have a Retro 1980s vibe or look.

2) Must include the concept of "Rewind" in some form.

3) Must be one minute in length!

Note: Films must be rated PG13 or below. R and X are not acceptable.

The screening will take place at the historic Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N. Proctor St Tacoma WA 98407), on Nov. 15th, 2019 at 10pm, presented at the beginning of the Friday Night Frights program.

Entry fee is $5.00

All films are Judged by the Tacoma Film Alliance Executive Committee and Special Guest Judge. Tacoma Film Alliance reserves the right to not screen entries not meeting certain criteria. Filmmakers retain all rights to their films. Do not use copyrighted material. All material in your film/s must be your own property or public domain.

The WAM Film Competition is open to all Tacoma, WA area filmmakers as well as the rest of the United States.

If questions, please email

Overall Rating
  • Vladimir Bayandin

    In a word - phenomenal. I was absolutely thrilled to have my short film "Position" acknowledged by this festival.

    December 2017