Wagga Waggafest

Waggafest 2015

Entries into Wagga Waggafest Short Film Competition 2015 are now closed.

The Special Awards Screening Night

You and your friends and family are invited to the Special Awards Screening Night on October 14th at 7pm at the Civic Theatre. 

Winners will be announced, prizes will be awarded and most importantly of all, the finalists' films will be screened! 

The Special Awards Screening Night is a free event but you need to book a ticket if you want to come. They are available on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by following this link, or by calling the Civic Theatre on 02 6926 9688. We almost sold out last year, so get your friends and family together and start booking! Now! 

In the meantime, check out the winners from previous competitions

The People's Choice Award

After the Special Awards Screening Night, we will launch the People's Choice competition, where the video that gets the most votes can win a $500 prize. From then on all 2015 entries will become visible here on the Waggafest website. People all over Australia and the world will get to watch a bit of Wagga on film, and of course the video that goes the most viral will win that fantastic prize.

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.


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

Hume Bank 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.

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

Thirsty Crow 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.

waggawagga.tv 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.

365 cups 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.

Competition Terms and Conditions

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