The Wasteland Film Festival is entering its eighth year and only growing bigger. This year, we will continue our daytime theater at Wasteland Weekend X!

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. 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, 2013. 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
  • Wonderful festival conducted with passion and dedication! I'm very happy that my stop motion animated short "Meeting MacGuffin" screened at this fantastic genre festival. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go but all communications throughout with the festival organizers was very good. The lineup of films was exciting and thoughtful and the setting of the screenings original as it takes place in the desert. Also, an amazing bonus is that the festival director Jon Knight goes out of his way to give his personal little review for the films that receive awards and winners receive a small cash award. I highly recommend this festival to any filmmaker whose work falls into the scifi genre.

    November 2018
  • Majid Khorasani

    The festival was very good
    Exciting .... Unbelievable .... Thank you

    November 2018
  • Alexandra Vasilyeva

    Great festival with the great dedicated program director and diverse selection of amazing films. It was an honour for me, as a first-time film director and post-apocalypse style fan, to be a part of this event. Wish to present more films there in the future!

    October 2018
  • Matias Vellutini

    Great festival, the communication and the care they took with informing us about everything that was going on with the festival. Unfortunately we couldn't go, but we will try next year. We were honoured to be selected and to be screened at the festival!

    October 2018
  • Joaquin Montalvan

    Excellent venue, staff, experience, highly recommended!

    October 2018