The Wasaga Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and promotion of Film Makers, Story tellers and Artists and sharing with audiences. Everyone has a story to tell, our goal is to inspire and encourage people to share their stories using the media of film and to create events that enable the sharing of those stories across communities and beyond.

Our Vision:
“Bringing the World to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of storytelling.”

In 2016 the Town of Wasaga Beach designated the month of November as Film Festival month. Home to the world’s longest freshwater beach and set in the beauty of Southern Georgian Bay, throughout the month of November the Wasaga Film Festival hosts screenings during the festival's week of all qualifying entries leading up to our Red Carpet Gala Event at the beginning of November.

With steady growth over the past 7 years The Wasaga Film Festival has more than tripled its entries, including film submissions from local, national and International film makers and storytellers.

The Film Festival is entering its 8th year.

Best Fiction Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animation Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film

Audience Choice Award
Jury's Mention for Best Documentary

8th Annual Wasaga Film Festival

“Official Contest Rules, Regulations, Terms and Conditions”

Short Films

The 8th Annual Wasaga Film Festival (the “Contest”) (hereafter called the WFF).

The film Creator/Director/Producer, the person that will be recognized for the film and will be the recipient of the award if their film is selected (hereafter called the Producer).

The person or party that is submitting the film/video (hereafter called the Entrant).

Note: If the film/video is being submitted by a film school/institute, instructor or educator, it is the student that is to be recognized as the Producer for it is their film/video. The film school/institute or educator is the submitter and will be viewed as the film/video submitter or Entrant.

1. By submitting your short film/video, you confirm that you own 100% of the rights to the work. If the work’s copyright is held by more than one person, the submitter must have the written consent of all other owners prior to submitting.

2. All third party music (music other than your own creation) and other copyrighted and/or intellectual material (this includes Corporate Brands) and/or property used in films must be properly licensed and credited. The WFF Committee has the right to ask to see licensed documents and failure to produce said documents give the WFF Committee the right to refuse and disqualify your entry.

3. All films must be in English or subtitled in English. Films may originate from anywhere in the world, however, if the film’s dialogue is required to understand and follow the narrative and storyline, subtitles in English are required.

4. Films/videos that are excessively graphic, violent, shows nudity and/or profanity for no apparent reason will be disqualified and the WFF has the right to refuse your entry.

5. Each Submission must be accompanied by a completed registration, entry form. The Producer and if the film is being submitted by someone other than the Producer that both parties must indicate that they have read, understand and agree with the Rules and Regulations.

6. Any film/video entry published before January 1, 2021 is not eligible for submission.

7. All submissions should have a 30-second trailer submitted with each film/video entry, except for the Video Advertisement, Regional Sub-Category.

8. Submissions are only accepted through FilmFreeway. Note: the Submission Fee is non-refundable. Entrants will receive one admission ticket for the Producer to the WFF Red Carpet Gala Awards on Nov 3rd, 2024. Tickets will be assigned to a table and/or seat, if Entrant or Producer wishes to purchase additional tickets they must do so by contacting the WFF at: or mail form to:

Wasaga Film Festival
C/O Project Manager
7 Goldsmith Place
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada L9Z 1E4

9. Film/Video File Size Cannot Exceed 10Gb On Upload.

10. Film/video duration not including title and credits are not to exceed 30 minutes, except for Regional Video Advertisement which are not to exceed 90 seconds. Please see Category Chart below.

11. Any language film/video other than English must be subtitled in English to qualify for the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Martha Mapes

    This fest is impressive! The theater was amazing and the crowd was electric. You won't regret submitting and attending Wasaga!

    December 2023
  • Axel Zeltser

    One of the best! super organized and good communications. Definitely recommend submitting to this one!

    December 2023
  • Everything about this festival-- is one for my own personal history book! As a first time filmmaker I had some trepidation about submitting . However, right from the beginning the team at the festival were extremely welcoming and informative. The films were shown in venues that made the view and votes accessible to the community, ie, Seniors residence and library, which spoke volumes to me about the heart of this event. The gala, great entertainment, well planned, and a festive atmosphere. Nice Job everyone!! Thank you.

    May 2017
  • Heaven kid

    This is indeed a great film festival. Not only is the organization perfect, but the service is wonderful as well. We enjoyed being part of it.

    May 2017
  • Gary Borden

    The Gala event was put on very professionally. The organizers are eager to make the festival better every year. I believe they will succeed!

    May 2017