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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 storytelling.”

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.