Wagga Waggafest

Waggafest 2015

Grab some friends and a camera and start making your slice of Wagga movie magic now!

With over $6000 in prizes up for grabs, you'd be a mug not to enter a 2 to 4 minute film in this year's competition.

All you need to do is tell a uniquely 'Wagga' story, and make sure it connects with the 2015 inspiration The Best is Yet to Come.

Inspired? Curious? Why not check out the winners from previous competitions. Whether you're eight or eighty; whether it's shot in high-definition or on your phone; whether it's a docco or a spoof, explosively action-packed or in meditative silence. You've got a unique Wagga story and we want to see it. There's more information about entry requirements and prize categories below. Go for it! 

For more on how to enter, scroll down now.

Entries close: Midnight, Sunday 30 August, 2015.

What do we mean by a unique Wagga story?

It doesn't need to be set or filmed in Wagga necessarily, but we ask our judges to rate the "Wagganess" of your film. Some entries have capitalised on unique landmarks and places, others have referenced aspects of Wagga Wagga's history and culture. Do you know a local character who deserves legend status? Or a story that belongs in Wagga Wagga folklore? Be creative and give us your take on Wagga Wagga.

This year's theme: The Best is Yet to Come.

Wagga Wagga is an amazing place to live, work and play, but The Best is Yet to Come!

Lots of the marketing for Wagga Wagga plays on the idea that there are "a hundred little reasons" to love Wagga Wagga. Our home is more than a place of good sports, a foodie haven or an educational hub: it is all these things and more. We want you to share some of your little reasons why this place is the best

Don't worry, your film doesn't have to be all sunshine and lollipops. We aren't asking you to make a tourism commercial, but we do want you to somehow engage with the theme. Whether you make a gritty drama about someone overcoming great hardship, or even a futuristic sci-fi (the only limit is your imagination) the important thing is that we get to see a unique Wagga story that shows us that The Best is yet to come.

On your entry form you must tell us how your film connects with the theme of The Best is Yet to Come. It doesn't have to be overt, but we do need to be able to see the connection. This is how we will know you made your film for Waggafest.

The Waggafest Slide

At the very end of your film, you must insert this Waggafest slide for a duration of at least 3 seconds. In most video editing software, you can simply drop the .jpg into the editing timeline.

WF End Slide 4by3 

Right click and 'save as' below to download the Waggafest Slide in the following formats:

Widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio)

Standard (4:3 aspect ratio)


All prizes at Waggafest are awarded by a panel of independent judges who work in the film or media industry.

Best Overall Film - $2500
This is awarded to the film that achieves the best overall score from our three judges. To win this your film has got to be seriously good.

Charles Sturt University Award - $1000
This award recognises the most outstanding film submitted by a Charles Sturt University student or staff member.

Young Filmmaker  - $500 or a prize of similar value
This is awarded to the best film made by someone under the age of 18.

Best Wagga Story - $500 or a prize of similar value
This special prize is based on the "Wagganess" of the film. Stories that really capture the 'vibe' of our community.

Best Wagga Visual - $500 or a prize of similar value
This prize awards exceptional cinematography or animated imagery.

Best Original Score - $500 or a prize of similar value
This prize recognises the best original music or sound effects in a film.

People's Choice Award - $500 or a prize of similar value

After the Gala Screening night, all the finalists' films will be made available at this website. It is then up to the public to vote for their favourite film. Whoever gets the most votes wins this prize.   


Peter Cox 

Peter is a retired Drama Teacher, who has directed well over 100 school, community and professional productions. His writing and directing achievements include, Darren Coggan's "Moonshadows", Catherine Alcorn's "Divine Miss Bette" and "The Fabulous Chandeliers" who have all performed nationally. Peter's most recent project was creating the feature film "Backyard Ashes" in partnership with Mark Grentell. Peter and Mark, in 2014 also wrote and produced the highly successful children's show for the Australia Day Committee, "The Lizard of Oz.

Sonya Gee 

Sonya Gee is the ABC Open producer for the Riverina. She helps audience members tell their stories through photos, videos and text and publish them on the ABC. In addition to delivering storytelling workshops, Sonya has produced mini documentaries about life in our region that have been screened across the ABC. She's excited to return as a festival judge because she loves discovering new local filmmakers and following their work.

Lex Marinos

Actor, Director, Arts & Events Consultant. Lex is a former Wagga resident and sports nut with an extensive career in theatre, film and television, most recently in the Logie Award winning TV Drama "The Slap" and "Rake". Lex agreed to be a judge because he is a great supporter of young people's involvement with the arts and very fond of Wagga Wagga.

How to Enter

There are two basic steps to entry. We need you to upload your video to Vimeo and add it to the Wagga Waggafest group. Then we need you to fill in and send us your Entry Form and (if applicable) Talent Release Forms. 

Getting your film on Vimeo

1. You need to create your own (free) account at www.vimeo.com. Once you're logged in, go to www.vimeo.com/groups/waggafest and click "Join this group."

2. Upload your entry to Vimeo ensuring the privacy settings are set to 'anyone can see this video'.

3. During the upload process, click the 'Collections' tab and in the 'Groups' area displayed, tick 'Wagga Waggafest' (if you can't see the 'Wagga Waggafest' tick box then you'll need to go back and join the Wagga Waggafest group).

4. Download the Entry Form and Talent Release Form below. You must send one Entry Form for each film you enter. Talent Release Forms need to be signed by all performers (eg actors, musicians, composers) who appear or whose work is used in your film and submitted with your entry form. Submission options are written on the forms.


Entry Form

Download an Entry Form, fill it out and send it in (instructions on the form) 

Talent Release Form

If your film features any talent (eg. actors, voiceovers or the work of musicians or artists), you download and get them to sign a Talent Release Form. These get sent in with your entry form. 

Competition Terms and Conditions

All the nitty gritty stuff about the Waggafest competition is located in the Waggafest Terms and Conditions.