The Wasaga Film Festival (WFF) started in 2011 as means
to help jump start a new energy for our Wasaga Beach community and stimulate the
creative economy in the areas of film, arts and culture. Wasaga Beach is in a prominent tourist
location less than a 2 hour drive from Toronto Canada’s Pearson International
airport. The resort community is situated in Southern
Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, boasting an international eco-label quality
rated “Blue Flag” beach which happens to be the World’s longest fresh water beach.
Currently, the area attracts over two million visitors
per year. This community is also minutes
away from some of the best winter skiing in Ontario called Blue Mountains. This very significant ski area is carved out
of the Niagara Escarpment that boarders the great lake, Lake Huron.
The Wasaga Film Festival vision is predicated on: “Bringing
the World to Wasaga Beach through a shared passion for film and the power of
The Wasaga Film Festival was founded on strong community
based values to be unlike any other film festival. It was seen as a unique opportunity for grass
roots film enthusiasts to compete on an even playing field. The WFF aims were initially
designed to showcase the best in category short films submitted by individuals,
groups, companies, teaching institutions and associations. Its vision was intended to capture the
imagination of film makers and actors at the grass roots level creating an
opportunity for international exposure while eliminating entry barriers and
providing a focus for talent, passion, capability and achievement. There was a will to leverage the natural panoramic
beauty of its location to inspire our participants to produce films that promote
the beauty, vibrancy, vitality and quality of life of Wasaga Beach and area
honouring its natural ecosystems, visitors, residents and businesses.