FROM pirates to young love and tall tales involving the Queen of England, this year’s Waggafest had it covered.
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The short film competition, run by Wagga City Council, came to a close last night with more than $5000 in cash and prizes being awarded to category winners.

Audiences were treated to a viewing of all 28 entries which focused on the city’s branding and locations.

A film by Sheraden Robins, titled Rosie O’Rosey’s Big Speech, won the hearts of the judges for its clever storyline and high-quality animation.

The story follows a young girl speaking about a tale her grandfather told her about the day the Queen visited Wagga.

As the story evolves it becomes apparent to the audience the hilarious tale isn’t what the grandfather made it out to be.

But it was a film involving a group of pirates and their animated parrot, which had the audience’s vote.

Yawn Armadillo were the winners of the People’s Choice Award for The Pirates of Surely Peak, a story of five socially inept young Wagga men who claimed a Nobel prize.

Judges, former Wagga boy turned actor/director Lex Marinos, local theatre director Peter Cox and Riverina ABC Open producer Sonya Gee, gave the winners a big thumbs up for their creativity, smart use of Wagga images and iconic sites and the high quality production.

The winners were presented with their prizemoney and certificate and in keeping with the bubble theme of this year’s Waggafest, they were also presented with bubble guns.

With this year’s event dubbed a great success, Wagga City Council manager of executive services Luke Grealy is hoping the competition will continue to grow as a star event for the city.

“I think we’re on a winner with (the competition),” he said.

“We want to keep it going in its own right. It originally started as a marketing plan, but it has grown so well with the quality better than before.”

WINNERS NAMED: Waggafest short film competition entrants Samantha Invernan and Tim Moran last night awaited the announcement of the competition’s winners. As a part of the films, entrants had to include the use of bubbles. Picture: Oscar Colman

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