Horror descends on the South Coast, heading to the iconic No 6 Cinema in Portsmouth.

Following a brilliant event in 2019, Pastel Wasteland Film Festival is back, ready to celebrate horror, sci-fi and genre films in all of their glory. Are you ready for a terrifying, weird, bloody and eclectic day packed full of the best horror the world has to offer? Be part of the action by submitting now.

Located in the Grade II listed Boathouse 6, built in 1846, the 275-seat auditorium boasts one of the biggest screens on the South Coast. At Pastel Wasteland we are all about supporting genre filmmakers and we're incredibly passionate - maybe even a little obsessed - with horror, science fiction and anything that makes our skin crawl.

With custom made trophies and other prizes yet to be announced on offer, we are setting the bar high, and we want to see your work. Whilst we prefer newer work, we are very aware that the pandemic has blocked many filmmakers from creating, so we are flexible on the year your film was made.

For the first time, we are also accepting horror scripts, from first drafts through to final projects. These will only be read by our three core judges and strictly won't be shared with anyone else without your express permission, so submit in the knowledge your work is safe with us.

We will be presenting a stunning, custom design trophy, which will be the pride of your ever-growing awards cabinet.

Each winning film will be given a write-up posted to our official blog at pastelwaste.land and shared with our network to ensure you keep getting new fans long after the festival has ended.


Best Overall Film
Best Micro Short
Best Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Experimental Video
Best Performer
Best Script
Best Director
Wasteland Wanderer - (the "wild card" of the festival)
Best Local Film (for filmmakers based within the Hampshire region).


- Films must be in the Horror or Sci-Fi genre or be heavily influenced by these genres. We accept hybrid genre films as long as they incorporate the aforementioned niches in a big way. If you're unsure, please get in touch before submitting.

- Films must be available in DCP. If picked, any costs associated with getting a DCP made are the responsibility of the filmmaker. If not available, please get in touch and we might be able to offer an alternative.

- Please check duration on each of the categories. Shorter films will often stand a better chance of screening, so be ruthless with your cuts!

- One entry per submission fee.

- No waivers and no screening fees will be paid. All fees are non-refundable under any circumstance, so PLEASE check all details before submitting! (Please note this doesn't apply in the case that the festival is cancelled / we go into lockdown).

- One free screening ticket will be provided to officially selected films within the feature film, short film and music video categories. Any additional crew/ cast/ persons wanting to attend will have to buy a ticket through the No. 6 Cinema website (URL coming soon).

- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. By submitting you agree that you shall indemnify and hold harmless Pastel Wasteland Film Festival and the No.6 Cinema from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

- By submitting, if accepted, you agree to grant the festival the right to use film images for promotional purposes.

- Notification: Filmmakers of selected films will be notified by email or phone.

- The Pastel Wasteland Film Festival jury is composed of film production, exhibition and press members. Their decisions on official selections, award nominees and award winners are final.

- Selected films must be provided at least two weeks prior to the festival with a 5.1 mix, on either DCP or high quality digital file. If this isn't available, we can accept a stereo alternative in most circumstances.

- We watch all films in full. Streaming services provide watching figures but these are notoriously glitchy, and it can appear that your view count/ watchtime might not have gone up, although we have watched the film. As film enthusiasts, our main mission is to find the best films, and to do this, we need to see the films in full. Whilst we aren't bound to watch the entire project if it isn't the correct genre or good enough quality to screen, 9 times out of 10 we will still finish watching the project anyway.

And finally:

- We don't speak with all this legal jargon in real life! We are a group of passionate filmmakers who want to put on an awesome evening to make new friends and watch some killer films - and we really hope you'll join us.

Overall Rating
  • Geoff Harmer

    What an incredible festival! Fabulous venue, with really good projection and sound, an amazing audience, all backed up by a super warm and friendly team. We just had the most amazing time! We'll be back next year for sure!
    AND THANK YOU for awarding our film 'Dead Air' with Best Local Film and me with 'Best Director'... so humbled!!!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Geoff, it was great to have you there and we really appreciate you guys taking the time to do a Q&A too. Can't wait to see you next time around, congrats again on the awards!