Since 2009, the Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFAs) has celebrated the achievements of local Raglan Whaingaroa film-makers and actors. Films are awarded in various categories, as well as the overall RAFFA Creative Force Award. The RAFFA award trophy is designed by local Whaingaroa steel artist, Chris Meek.
Every year the RAFFAs are awarded at the awards night, a red carpet event that is the highlight of the Raglan Film Festival programme. The general format for the evening is:
- 7pm doors open. Nominees and guests arrive on the red carpet and be photographed. Then canapés are served and bar open in the foyer and Gallery room
- 7.30pm Dinner buffet served in the marquee
- 8.00pm Nominations announced
- 8.30pm Movies are screened in the Theatre room
- 9.30pm Awards presented in the Gallery room
- 9.45pm Dessert served/ bar open