Wayward 2018: London, UK: September 2018

Wayward promised you country-hopping. Join us in London for more films outside the box in 2018. Expect cross-genre film screenings, competition screenings, live music and performance, roundtables, education sessions, and plenty of networking sessions so fun they feel more like a party. Step into the future of film. Step outside the box.

Society is diverse.

Legacy media doesn’t reflect today’s world.

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.

London 2018 festival now open!


365 days, 64 chances to find an audience.

Submit your film now for a chance to win.

Wayward Feature Film Award: $1500
Wayward Short Film Award: $700
Wayward Innovator Prize: $700
Wayward Foreign Language Film Award: $700
Wayward Foreign Language Short Film Award: $700
Wayward Best TV Pilot: $500
Wayward Best Music Video: $500
Wayward Best Script Award: $500

We focus on narratives highlighting
Mental health
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.

Think outside the box? We want to hear from you!


Each submission fee we receive contributes to providing a platform for innovative voices everywhere. Our submission fee was created so there is a minimum barrier to entry for any filmmaker; as such we do not offer fee waivers.
Advance entry (before 31 Dec 2017): $5
Early bird (1 Jan 2018 to 28 Feb 2018): $10
General entry (1 Mar 2018 to 31 July 2018): $15
Late entry (1 Aug 2018 to 1 Sept 2018): $20

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 1 September 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 Sept 1st 2018. 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 its selection.