The Film Festival is entering its 6th year.

In 2016 the Town of Wasaga Beach designated the month of April 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 April the Wasaga Film Festival hosts screenings weekly of all qualifying entries leading up to our Red Carpet Gala Event at the end of April.

With steady growth over the past 5 years The Wasaga Film Festival has more than tripled its entries, including film submissions from local, national and International film makers and storytellers.

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

Our Mission
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.

To be announced.

2017
6th Annual Wasaga Film Festival

“Official Contest Rules, Regulations, Terms and Conditions”

Short Films

The 6th 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. Entrants between the ages of 10 and 17 years may enter with a written letter of consent from their parent or a legal guardian.

6. 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.

7. No more than three submissions will be accepted from an individual Producer.

8. NOTE: All winning films/videos will be posted on the WFF YouTube™ Channel (unless the Entrant or Producers indicates otherwise).

9. Any film/video entry published prior to January 1, 2015 is not eligible for submission.

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

11. Submissions are only accepted through filmfreeway.com and the Submission Fee is $25 Canadian (Note: for Regional Category Youth Film/Video Makers [ages 10 to 17 years] the Submission Fee is $10 Canadian) paid by credit card. Note: the Submission Fee is non-refundable. Entrants will receive one admission ticket for the Producer to the WFF Red Carpet Gala Awards on April 29, 2017. 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: info@wasagafilmfest.com or mail form to:

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

Note: That if the additional tickets are to be assigned to the same table and/or seating area please advise when purchasing. Additional tickets purchased after March 1, 2017, we cannot guarantee they will be seated at the same table.

12. Film/Video File Size Cannot Exceed 4Gb On Upload.

13. Film/video duration not including title and credits are not to exceed 10 minutes, except for Documentaries that are not to exceed 30 minutes and Regional Video Advertisement are not to exceed 90 seconds. Please see Category Chart below. Title and credits are not to exceed 30 seconds and credits are not to exceed 45 seconds.

14. The Contest has Three Master Categories; International, National and Regional (South Georgian Bay [SGB]), Plus Two Regional Challenges, a Regional Film Maker Challenge and a Regional Youth Film/Video Makers Challenge.

The International Category has eight sub-categories; Action, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Culinary, Smart Phone, Animation, and Music Video.

The National Category has eight sub-categories; Action, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Culinary, Smart Phone, Animation, and Music Video.

The Regional Category has 10 sub-categories; Action, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Culinary, Smart Phone, Animation, Youth Film/Video makers (10 -17 years), Music Video and Video Advertisement.

Regional Film Maker Challenge and Regional Youth Film/Video Makers Challenge

Please visit www.wasagafilmfest.com for more details.

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

15. Final Consolidation of Categories:

Film and Video Categories may be consolidated prior to voting and judging based on the discretion of the WFF Committee if there are less than 5 qualified submissions allocated in any one category.

All qualified entries will have their submissions loaded on the WFF YouTube™ Channel (unless the Entrant or Producer indicates otherwise), and benefit from the exposure garnered from the multitude of the WFF’s promotional efforts. Wasaga Beach, a resort town, two hours Northwest of Toronto, Canada hosts an estimated two million visitors per year.

All winners will be featured in the WFF Press Release, on the WFF Website, through the media and through all of the WFF social media and/or promotional channels.

16. Regional Film Maker Challenge:

The Challenge “A Day in __________________”

Tell the world through film/video why you love the town/city, region you live in and make viewers want to visit, to be part of the magic.

The challenge is to create a film/video that captures the best of everything that your town/city or area has to offer. The focus is to promote tourism by showcasing what makes the area unique including – though not limited to – attractions, local art and music, the people and communities, restaurants, theatres, breathtaking views and architecture.

• The film must be between 5 to 7 minutes

• Include local talent

• Original music and artist

• Illustrate the magic of the area

Prize amount will be announced later this year on Facebook and on the Wasaga Film Festival website at wasagafilmfest.com. The winning film/video will also be showcased on the WFF YouTube™ Channel (unless the Entrant or Producer indicates otherwise).

17. Regional Youth Film/Video Makers Challenge (ages 10 -17 years):

The Challenge “Canada’s 150th Birthday”

Tell the world through film/video why you love Canada, its history and make viewers want to celebrate.

The challenge is to create a film/video that captures the best of Canada, your town/city or area. Showcase local and/or national history and tell us what makes Canada 150th Birthday special.

• The film must be between 5 to 7 minutes

• Use your creativity

• Original music and fun

• Illustrate the magic of Canada

Prize amount will be announced later this year on Facebook and on the Wasaga Film Festival website at wasagafilmfest.com. The winning film/video will also be showcased on the WFF YouTube™ Channel (unless the Entrant or Producer indicates otherwise).

18. Judging Criteria:

The selection jury evaluates entries based on the following criteria: Originality, Creativity, Plot, Structure, Cinematography, Script, Entertainment Value, authenticity and Quality of Production. Each film will be viewed by the WFF Committee for acceptance and then by three Judges for final award selection.

No explanation will be given for acceptance or for reason of award selection.

19. Contest Period:

The Film/Video submissions will be accepted from 12:00 a.m. (ET) on September 01, 2016, until 11:00 p.m. on February 15, 2017. In order to be eligible to enter the Contest, the Entrant must upload a film/video and a 30 second trailer of the film/video before 11:00 p.m. (ET) on February 15, 2017. (Trailer not required for the Video Advertisement, Regional Sub-Category only). The entrant is also encouraged to submit a film/video award acceptance speech video that can be uploaded with the film/video and trailer if the Producer or Entrant is unable to attend the Gala Awards event on April 29, 2017.

20. Eligibility:

The Contest is open to all persons over the age of 18 years of age. A person under the age of 18 years old will be permitted to participate with a written letter of consent from their parent or a legal guardian in order to meet the 6th Annual Wasaga Film Festival (WFF) Film entry eligibility and must be signed and emailed or sent to the following address below along with a copy of the film/video registration submission form.

21. How to Participate:

Entries must be uploaded through filmfreeway.com as specified on the WFF Website. Any questions can be directed through the WFF website www.wasagafilmfest.com, emailed to: info@wasagafilmfest.com or mailed to:

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

FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE: ENTRIES MUST BE UPLOADED BY February 15, 2017,
11:00 p.m. ET, OR EARLIER!
Entrants may submit up to three videos/films for any one Producer for the
2017, 6th Annual Wasaga Film Festival (WFF)

22. Video Format and Content:

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY YOUR FILM/VIDEO FOR SELECTION

Each submitted Film/Video:

(i) Must be an original work containing entirely original materials, created and recorded solely by the Producer registered on the Application Form, over which the Producer/Entrant has all necessary rights, title and interest, including copyright; (successful Entrants screened through the Phase 1 WFF selection process must submit copyrights and waiver documentation to proceed through to the next phase of judging and voting) The music video entry must have original music performed by the artist(s) filmed on the video or have expressed approval to use the music by the originating artist(s).

(ii) Must not defame or infringe upon the personal or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, the intellectual property rights, or publicity or privacy rights of any third party, living or deceased;

(iii) Must not contain brand names, trade names, trademarks or logos of any third parties or the images of celebrities;

(iv) The time duration of the submission must meet the time duration requirements specified in Film/Video Submission requirements;

(v) Must be intended for a general audience viewing and contain only content that, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the WFF is suitable for all persons;

(vi) Must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the WFF, contain any sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, libelous or other inappropriate content;

(vii) Must not violate the YouTube™ “Terms of Use” or “Community Guidelines” as posted on the YouTube™ website;

(viii) Must comply with these Official Contest Rules and Regulations; and

(ix) All identified individuals and/or identified businesses that appear in the video must have provided a signed consent.

23. Consent of Film Participants:

All individuals and identifiable businesses who appear in any submitted Film/Video must have consented to appear in the Film/Video and to the use of the Film/Video in the Contest and as otherwise as contemplated hereunder, including, without limitation, in connection with the advertising and promotion of WFF and its products and services. At the WFF’s request, any Entrant/Producer may be required to provide proof of consent, including, without limitation, by having individuals who appear in the Film/Video sign an appearance release.

24. Representations and Warranties:

By entering the Contest and submitting a Film/Video, the Entrant/Producer represents and warrants that he/she:

(a) owns and controls all rights, title and interest, including copyright, in and to the Film/Video and all elements and materials contained within the Film/Video;

(b) has the requisite consent and permission from all individuals appearing in the Film/Video;

(c) has the right and authority to, and does hereby, grant to the WFF an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license in perpetuity to use, reproduce, broadcast, communicate, translate, distribute, edit, adapt, copy, modify and otherwise use without limitation all or any part of the Film/Video submitted under this Contest in any manner and media (whether now known or hereafter devised) for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation in connection with the Contest and/or the advertising or promotion of the WFF, and

(d) waives any and all moral rights that he/she may have in the Film/Video with respect to the uses contemplated herein. Entrant/Producer acknowledges and agrees that the grant of rights described above includes, but is not limited to, the right (but not the obligation) at the WFF’s sole discretion to use the Film/Video, or a modified, edited, or translated version thereof, in whole or in part, (i) on the Contest Website and WFF associated Social Media sites, (ii) in a compilation Film/Video combining some or all of the Films/Videos entered into past, present and future Wasaga Film Festival (WFF), and (iii) for any advertising or promotion of Contest, and (iv) The Wasaga Film Festival (WFF) YouTubeTM channel. The Entrant/Producer agrees to indemnify and save the WFF harmless from and against any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, damage, loss, deficiency, cost, liability and expense which may be made or brought against the WFF or which the WFF may suffer or incur as a result of, in respect of or arising out of (v) any non-performance or non-fulfilment of any covenant or agreement on the part of the Entrant/Producer contained in these rules and regulations or in any document related thereto and given in order to carry out the transactions contemplated hereby, and (vi) any misrepresentation, inaccuracy, incorrectness or breach of any representation or warranty made by the Entrant/Producer contained in these rules and regulations or contained in any contemplated hereby.

25. WFF’s Right to Disqualify:

The WFF reserves the right, at any time, in its sole discretion, to disqualify an Entrant/Producer and/or remove any Films/Videos that it finds or believes not to comply with the conditions above or otherwise with these Official Contest Rules and Regulations, and to pursue all other applicable rights and remedies. Films/Videos not complying in any way with the Rules will be disqualified.

26. WFF’S Right to Consolidate Film/Video Categories:

In the event that a category has less than 5 qualified submissions, the WFF assumes the right to consolidate the appropriate categories to create competition. Film and Video categories will be consolidated prior to voting and judging.

27. Awards and Prizes:

Awards and Prizes for the winning Films/Videos in the Categories that are finalized after the submissions deadline will be awarded to the “designated award recipient” identified on the entry form. Any cash prizes will be assigned to an overall Master Category and/or a Sub Category as deemed by the Wasaga Film Festival Committee. Category awards and the cash prize amount will be finalized a week prior to the Red Carpet Gala Awards. The finalized category winner will also receive a trophy or certificate at the discretion of the WFF that will acknowledge the award recipient, the award and the sponsor of the award.

All qualified entries will have their submissions loaded on the WFF YouTube™ Channel and benefit from the multitude of the WFF’s social media and/or promotional efforts (unless the Entrant or Producer indicates otherwise).

All winners will be featured in the WFF Press Release, on the WFF Website, through the various media coverage of the film festival (WFF) and through all of the WFF promotional channels.

28. Selection Process:
There are three (3) phases in the selection process:

PHASE 1- Wasaga Film Festival Selection Committee:
The selection committee will view all eligible Film/Video submissions. Based on the distribution of qualified Films/Videos, the selection committee will reorganize and consolidate the categories if deemed necessary. Films/Videos will be judged according to the following criteria (weighted equally); i) Originality; ii) Creativity; iii) Plot; iv) Structure; v) Cinematography; vi) Script; vii) Entertainment Value; and vii) Quality of Production. Only Films/Videos that qualify for the second phase of selection (voting) will be notified by March 31, 2017. If you have not been notified by March 31, 2017, your film/video has been disqualified and not selected to move on and will not be included in any of the WFF marketing or promotions. The WFF has no obligation to contact Entrants/Producer whose Films/Videos are not selected to proceed to Phase 2. The decisions of the selection committee are final and cannot be appealed. Category consolidation by the selection committee may take place if any category is not made up of at least five qualified entries.

PHASE 2— PUBLIC VIEWING AND VOTING:
Public viewing and voting will be carried out at public screenings scheduled (Schedule to be announced in March of 2017) throughout the month of April, 2017, up until the week before the Red Carpet Gala Awards Day April 29, 2017. The public screening votes will represent 40% by weight of the overall final tabulation.

PHASE 3 - Judging and Public Viewing on GALA Screenings: A panel of judges will be appointed by the WFF Committee to judge each category of Films/Videos. The judging votes will be carried out the week before the Gala Day April 29, 2017. The panel of judges’ vote will represent 60% by weight of the overall final tabulation.

The total score will consist of normalized weighting of 60% based on a panel of judges appointed by the WFF Committee and a weighting of 40% of the combined votes tallied at the public screening days deemed by the WFF Committee scheduled according to the finalized program arrangements prior to the Red Carpet Gala and Awards Day April 29, 2017.

29. Releases:

Before being accepted and/or declared a winner, a finalist will be required to sign and return to the WFF a release form (the “Release Form”) confirming compliance with the Official Contest Rules and Regulations, and releasing the WFF, their affiliated and related companies, advertising and promotional agencies, the independent contest organization and their respective shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any liability in connection with the Contest or any Contest-related travel or activities. The Release Form must be returned within the time period specified by the WFF or prizes will be forfeited and may be awarded to the Entrant/Producer with the next highest number of votes.

30. Privacy:

By entering this Contest, Entrant/Producer consents to the use of his/her personal information by the WFF and its authorized agents for the purpose of administering the Contest and, only if consent is given at the time of entry, to provide the Entrant/Producer with information regarding upcoming promotions and/or events from the WFF. By entering the Contest, Entrant/Producer further consents to the use by the WFF and its authorized agents of his/her name, address (city/province), photograph, voice, appearances and statements (as captured in the Video or otherwise), without further notice or compensation, in connection with any publicity carried out by or on behalf of the Wasaga Film Festival (WFF), in any manner and media, including without limitation, on the www.WasagaFilmFest.com website, anywhere in the world, in perpetuity.

31. Limitation of Liability:

By entering this Contest, the Entrant/Producer releases, discharges, indemnifies and agrees to hold harmless the Released Parties from any real or alleged claims, damages or liability due to any claims, injuries, damages or losses to any person or property arising out of or resulting from, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, including, without limitation the submission or posting of a Film/Video, or any Contest-related activity or from the acceptance of any prize.

The Released Parties will not be responsible or liable for: (a) late, lost, corrupt, illegible, garbled, incomplete or destroyed entries, or entries submitted through illicit means, all of which such entries will be deemed void; (b) any incomplete or inaccurate information, whether caused by Contest website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error that may occur; (c) printing errors, (d) the theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration/tampering of, entries or the Contest Website; (e) any problems with, or technical malfunctions of, telephone networks or lines, computer systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, viruses, Trojan horses, worms, or bugs; (f) any failure of any electronic submission to be received by or from the Sponsor for any reason including but not limited to traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof; (g) damage to an Entrant’s or other person’s system occasioned by participation or downloading of materials in this Contest; (h) any breach of any third party’s ownership or intellectual property rights with respect to the Film/Video.

32. General:

By entering the Contest, the Entrant/Producer agree to abide by these Official Contest Rules and Regulations and the decisions of the independent contest organization, the selection committee and/or WFF which are final and binding without appeal in all matters related to the Contest. The WFF reserves the right, to terminate or amend this Contest at any time and in any way, without prior notice. Without limiting the foregoing, if for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned by these Official Rules and Regulations, whether due to tampering, infection by computer virus or for any other reason the WFF reserves the right to cancel the Contest and conduct the selection from all eligible entries received prior to cancellation. The WFF reserves the right to modify these Official Contest Rules and Regulations in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate.

This Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. YOUTUBE™ is a trademark of YouTube, LLC. YouTube LLC is not a sponsor of this Contest nor is it affiliated with this Contest in any way.

33. Red Carpet Gala Awards:

The Red Carpet Gala Awards is scheduled for April 29, 2017, in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada.

Each selected Entrant/Producer will be invited to attend the event and will be provided at no charge one ticket to the event regardless of how many entry submissions were made by the individual. Additional tickets may be purchased before the event (Note: seating/tables are reserved, if you require your group to be seated together please inform us at the time of ticket purchase). Ticket purchased at the door for any additional guest or guests will be seated where space is available.

2017, 6th Annual Wasaga Film Festival (WFF) • Rules, Regulations, Terms and Conditions

Applicants are required to return a form (please visit www.wasagafilmfest.com) filed out in full and sign.

Email form to: info@wasagafilmfest.com or mail form to:

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

FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE:
Entries Must Be Uploaded to the WFF Platform on filmfreeway.com
before 11:00 p.m. ET, February 15, 2017, or Earlier!

Late entries will not be accepted.

Overall Rating
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  • 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