The Wasteland Film Festival is entering its sixth year and only growing bigger. This year, we are attempting to move to the daytime, which will mean more time for great films!

We highlight short films with especially post-apocalyptic subject matter and, in addition, alternative films displaying a certain character right at home in the post nuke society. Films meeting certain criteria will be screened as part of the competition, others will simply be for exhibition.

We also screen select features, if they fit in one of the categories. NONFEATURES submitted as FEATURES will be disqualified. Read the rules before submitting.

Once again, WFF will be a big part of the Wasteland Weekend experience, a 5 day party in the desert where people dress up in post apocalyptic fashion, usually imitating Mad Max or Fallout styles and anyone attending Wasteland Weekend has free admission into the festival. Check out for more details on how to obtain tickets.

Awards & Prizes

150 will be divided among the winners (Post Apoc Grand Prize, Post Apoc Runner Up, Best Animated Film, Best Music Video, Best Atmospheric/Weird Film, and if enough entries for it, Best Genre Action Film). Extra award money might be added as we move closer to the festival.

Rules & Terms

1. Post-apocalyptic films that meet eligibility requirements (outlined below).
2. Alternative films that meet eligibility requirements.
The alternative category would cover such films as cool weird/cult films: Think Videodrome, think H.P. Lovecraft, think Alejandro Jodorowsky, Takashi Miike, or even something you could see playing in a Fallout Game (some over-the-top 50s parody). This does not mean bad films that are so bad they're good, like Troll 2. This means quality films that are offbeat, but have a sort of weird charm to them. We'd also accept sci-fi films in this category.
3. Music Video, the more post apocalyptic or stylish, the better.
4. Genre Action Film, one of the more open ended categories, whether it be sci-fi, martial arts, or more good ol' post apocalyptic.
5. Audience Award, any film can qualify for this, including the features.

1. Post Apocalyptic Feature Films. 60+ minutes, No fees, LIMITED SPACE!

Filmmakers should include a short (100 words or less) description of their film (including year produced and other places it has been exhibited). You may also include some information about the filmmakers (100 words or less). Please be sure to list the category your film best fits when you submit. However, the Wasteland Film Festival reserves the right to categorize your film as we see fit.

Select digital formats (AVI, Mov - H.264, or high quality divx/xvid). Contact us first if you want to send dvd/blu-ray, as those take special consideration. We do not accept tapes under any condition. We reserve the right to discard any dvd or blu-ray that doesn’t outright play without further notice, so please make sure it plays on multiple players if you choose to go with that format and that there aren’t any errors.

To be eligible for award consideration, films must be under 45 minutes in length. Films that have previously appeared online (youtube, etc.) or in film festivals are eligible for prizes, but must have been made after Jan 1st, 2011. Films made prior to 2011, but after 2007 are also eligible, but ONLY if they have never before been publicly shown online, on DVD/video, or in a film festival. Basically, you made it a long time ago, but this is the first time it's been shown anywhere.

Films longer than 45 minutes, or that otherwise don't fit eligibility requirements may still be submitted for screening as exhibitions only (assuming the submitter controls exhibition rights to the film as outlined below).

Filmmakers do not need to be present during the screenings at wasteland weekend in order to be eligible for awards.

WAIVERS (for Late Deadline)
Waivers will only be offered to anyone who fits the following:
A. If you attended any of the last three years of Wasteland Weekend.
B. If you have had a film previously accepted and screened in any of the previous years of the Wasteland Film Festival.
C. If you have communicated with the film fest coordinator during any previous year of the festival, some special consideration might be made.

No other inquiries will be accepted (so you better have a good reason for contacting us for a waiver if you do not fit the above).

15 Reviews

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    Johnnie Brannon

    I encourage any filmmaker out there to submit your film. This is a solid fest and what a great bunch of films!

    October 2017
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    Cynthia Bergen

    This film festival originality Foresure! Thank You! Selecting The Green & The Wood Man. One word for this festival "Epic"
    Cynthia Bergen
    No Sleep Films

    October 2017
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    nacho recio

    Very proud that my videoart 'shadows of a radio in the east' was screened in this amazing festival, thanks a lot for the selection and I hope we could enjoy this festival for a long time in several years..congratulations!!

    October 2017
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    Gökhan CILAM

    Thanks for screening my film. Great festival.

    October 2017
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    Abtin Mozafari

    as an Iranian and the new laws that are passed by Trump's Government, I don't have a chance to be there with you. but as if you accepted my work is really an honor and my pleasure.
    thank you so much

    October 2017