The Wayward Festival: Films Outside the Box

Society is diverse.

Today’s world isn’t reflected by legacy media.

People are telling unique stories, but not everyone can find an audience.

We set up a film festival, magazine, and community to give you a chance to be heard.

Our commitment: a rolling yearly schedule of film festivals in all 50 states of the USA, all 9 counties in the UK, and the 5 regions of Canada – plus online screening.

Step into the future.

Step outside the box.

HORROR CATEGORY OPEN NOW!!

We focus on narratives highlighting:
Disability
Mental health
LGBTQ
Trans
Race
Class
Religion
and more

All filmmakers are welcome, whether black, white, brown, pink, gay, straight, non-binary, abled, differently abled, female, identifying as female, male, extraterrestrial or anything else.

Enter our LA festival.

We have a low barrier to entry: submissions are just $10 for everyone. We welcome filmmakers and screenwriters of all levels; whether you’re a seasoned director, a first-timer with a great idea, or even a YouTuber, we want to see your work!

All genres are welcome, from narrative drama & comedy to documentary, experimental film, genre, action, musical horror or thriller. We also want to read your TV pilot, short film or feature screenplay.

Join us at our festival events in LA from September 2017 & in London in Feb 2018. We will also screen films all year round with the help of our cinema and streaming partners.

501(c) nonprofit status

Wayward Festival will be curating events throughout Los Angeles between September 2017 & January, 2018, we will host our London event in February 2018. Our full event schedule and list of partners will be emailed to all entrants in August and made live on our site.

The Wayward Innovator Prize for Documentary Films
$3500

The Wayward Innovator Prize for Documentary Short Films
$1500

The Wayward Storyteller Prize for Short Film
$5000

The Wayward International Prize for World Cinema
$1000

The Wayward Prize for Inclusivity
Going to filmmakers tackling important issues of race, gender relations, disability, LGBT or women's issues
$3000

The Wayward Prize for TV pilots
$1000

The Wayward Screenwriters Prize
$1000

The Wayward Prize for English Language Narrative Films
$1000

The Wayward Prize for Horror Feature
$1500

The Wayward Prize for Horror Short
$1000

The Wayward Prize for Sci-Fi Short
$500

The Wayward Prize for Best Female Director
$3000

All filmmakers are welcome, whether black, white, brown, pink, gay, straight, non-binary, abled, differently abled, female, identifying as female, male, extraterrestrial or anything else.

We have a low barrier to entry: submissions are just $10 for everyone. As such, we do not offer fee waivers.

We welcome filmmakers and screenwriters of all levels; whether you’re a seasoned director, a first-timer with a great idea, or even a YouTuber, we want to see your work!

All genres are welcome, from narrative drama & comedy to documentary, experimental film, genre, action, musical horror or thriller. We also want to read your TV pilot, short film or feature screenplay.

Terms & Conditions

1. Authority to Enter into this Agreement.
In order for Wayward to accept your submission, you must assure that you have the right to enter this contest and would be in a position to grant Wayward non-exclusive distribution rights for this project.
1.1 You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years old (or the age of majority where you reside, whichever is older), can form a legally binding contract by accepting an agreement online (without exchange of paper), and have the full right, power and authority to enter into and comply with a distribution agreement.
1.2. If you submit to Wayward, you represent and warrant that you are legally entitled to do so because:
You are the sole author or creator of the Submission (for example, you are contributing an original screenplay you have written completely on your own); or
You are the sole holder of rights in the Submission because all rights in the Submission have been assigned or transferred to you (for example, you are contributing a concept video you created and all talent who helped you create the concept video assigned all their rights to you).
You are the nominated person for an artistic collective who have given you permission to enter their work on their behalf.
You are the manager or agent of the filmmaker and have express permission to submit their work in the Wayward.
2. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted until 5 Jan 2018. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.
3. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY.
We do not accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted.
4. Submission Eligibility
All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2000.
5. Submission Fee
All submissions are to be paid via credit/debit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.
6. Notification
Wayward will endeavour to notify all entrants of our choices in writing by December 1 2017. Successful submissions will receive further instructions from Wayward via email.
7. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of Wayward. Every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule. Wayward reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Wayward will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
8. Withdrawals
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after 11/30/17.
9. Judging feedback will only be given to festival finalists.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • David Petlansky

    Took the films. Took the money. Kept pushing the date back. Never happened. Terrible communication. Never responded. Closed down their FB page, won't respond to emails, phone is disconnected and address leads to a shady looking medical supply company. Awesome.

    August 2018
  • Tyler Schnabel

    I was so excited for this, but was treated very unfairly. We were never included in the competition when we told we were, and after trying to reach out nearly 10 times, I gave up, after never reiceiving any answer back. I hope other filmmakers got something out of this. Very disappointed.

    June 2018
  • Sad to say it appears Wayward Festival is a scam. Avoid this one. They dropped off the radar a while ago, leaving finalists hanging. They kept moving the winner announcement date and then just disappeared. Sad.

    June 2018
  • Sabrina Mertens

    I did't attend the fesival, I just can say that may movie was "selected" (on FilmFreeway, but on the facebook page of the festival wrote a lot of people, that their movie is selected like my was. Later it turned out that my movie was not really selected. Thinks like that doens't make a festival reliable.

    March 2018
  • Gerardo Suanez Vivian

    Great Festival. Thank you so much for supporting our movie!

    March 2018