The Wasteland Film Festival is entering its fifth year and only growing bigger. 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 4 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

Prize Money
200 (us) to the Grand Prize winner (or a donation to a charity of your choice, if you'd prefer).

75 (us) to the top Alternative Film winner (or a donation to a charity of your choice, if you'd prefer).

100 (us) to the top Music Video winner (or a donation to a charity of your choice, if you'd prefer).

75 (us) to the top Animated Film winner (or a donation to a charity of your choice, if you'd prefer).

50 (us) to the film that gets the biggest audience reaction (or a donation to a charity of your choice, if you'd prefer).

Additional Prize Money Support
If we get enough entries, we plan to have prize money for each of the winners, not just the grand prize. Entry fees this year will be going toward that and other festival expenses.

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.
3. Music Video, the more post apocalyptic or stylish, the better.
4. Action Film, one of the more open ended categories (last year's winner was a martial arts through time and space film)
5. Audience Award, any film can qualify for this, including the features.

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

Please note: Zombie-related films will usually be considered horror (even if they take place in a post-apocalyptic world) and would therefore fall into the “other” category.

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, 2007. Films made prior to 2007, but after 2000 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 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).

7 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Jinghan Zhang

    Wasteland Film Festival is good! Staff are good and it is easy to be contact with, I really appreciate to be selected!

    October 2016
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    Brahm Taylor

    Impeccable communication, and "understanding" by this festivals officiates. These guys pull off a festival twice as organized than most do in environments half as harsh. We were extremely honored to be part of such a cool fest at such a unique (read as bananas) event. May the filmgods bless you with an official selection from the Wasteland!

    October 2016
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    Liza Bolton

    This is a super festival. Great communication, great PR.

    October 2016
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    BYP Media B95696571

    Quality and passion for cinema. Amazing Festival,

    October 2016
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    Kit McDee

    The guys running this festival are not only quick to respond, they are more than happy to help with any question. My only regret was that I wasn't able to attend, as it certainly looked like a fantastic time.

    October 2016