So we are back for 2021! We will now be entering our ninth year!

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.

300 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.

Money prizes require a valid Paypal account to receive and must be collected within 2-3 months after awards are revealed.

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. Feature Films are ALL films that are 60+ minutes. No fees, no cost, just submit under the feature film category ONLY. 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.

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, 2016. Films made prior to 2013 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).

Overall Rating
  • Ben Dreblow

    Very thankful and honored to have both HAVEN and Reality Ransom screen as part of the 2019 festival. I was not able to attend but every email interaction I had with the festival management was excellent! Highly recommend submitting here.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    It is always great when filmmakers not only bring us a cool piece of art to show, but more than one that also hits the right notes for our festival! I hope you keep making awesome films!

  • Alfonso Moreno

    Not only were we thrilled to have made the #WastelandFilmFestival official selection for 2019. We are also extremely honored to have screened for the first time during #WastelandWeekend2019 this past September. Since the entire crew of The Ferryman shares punk rock or gothic affiliation to some degree, we could not have asked for a better setting to screen our film than this magnificent, post-apocalyptic display of creativity and energy. From the entire team: thank you

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    We always love to see fun otherworldly music videos and you definitely delivered on that mark!

  • Matty Jorissen

    We couldn't be there, and from the pictures we quite missed out. Looking at them make us feel like our little music video was part of something pretty extraordinary, though. Great communication via e-mail.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    It helps that films like yours help make what we show special, because of the quality, the fun of the animation, and just being a killer little short film. You help us deliver a cool part of the aesthetic of Wasteland Weekend!

  • Mehmet Kanadlı

    Two years in a row, it's great to have my films show at this festival. I would like to thank the festival team for their support for dystopic films.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! You keep making cool dystopian films, we'll keep playing them!

  • Dominique Rochon

    Wow! What an amazing event! I haven’t attended, but I actively consulted the updates on FB during that weekend. Well informed by organizers. Can only grow.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    You definitely need to make it out one year. And you for sure need to keep making surrealist films like you did that year! Great stuff! Thanks!