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.

Awards & Prizes

The Wayward Innovator Prize for Documentary Films
$3000

The Wayward Storyteller Prize for Short Film
$1500

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
$1500

The Wayward Prize for TV pilots
$1000

The Wayward Screenwriters Prize
$1000

The Wayward Prize for US 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

Rules & Terms

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.