The Wayward Festival: Films Outside the Box

Society is diverse.

Legacy media reporting 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. Enter our LA festival here.

Step into the future.

Step outside the box.

We have a low barrier to entry: submissions are just $10 for everyone. We welcome filmmakers 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!

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

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Festival events Los Angeles

Wayward Festival will be curating events throughout Los Angeles between 25 August 2017-30 September 2017. Below are the current announced events, stay tuned for further programming.

Fri 25 August 2017: Online previews
Thurs 31 August 2017: 8pm-11pm
Opening party, at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills. Meet and greet for filmmakers, festival supporters, and guests. Open bar, trailer screenings, food & drinks, and performance.

Fri September 1st: 8pm-11pm Documentary Screenings

Fri September 8th: 1pm-3pm World Cinema Screenings

Saturday, September 8th: 8pm-11pm Mixed Screenings

Friday, September 15th: 3pm-5pm TV Pilot Screenings

Friday September 22nd :7pm-10pm Awards & Closing Party

Awards & Prizes

The Wayward Innovator Prize for Documentary Films

The Wayward Storyteller Prize for Short Film

The Wayward International Prize for World Cinema

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

The Wayward Prize for TV pilots

The Wayward Screenwriters Prize

Rules & Terms

Closing date: August 1 2017
Finalists announced: August 2 Live in Hollywood
No fee waivers
Please send screeners with application

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