The Wayward Festival: Films Outside the Box

Wayward is an independent film festival showcasing works from international filmmakers.

We exist to bridge the gap between the lives of real people and the inclusive stories that Hollywood chooses to tell. We aim to elevate all voices through the medium of film.

We are a cross-genre celebration of outsider art and compelling narrative. Seeking change through cinematic expression, we show the importance of varied perspectives telling all stories.

By providing a space for underrepresented artists to showcase their work, we hope to open conversations about social issues and the bias represented by mainstream media.

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 May 2017 & in London September 2018. We screen films all year round with the help of our cinema and streaming partners.

501(c) non profit status

Festival events Los Angeles

Wayward Festival will be curating events throughout Los Angeles between 25 March 2017-10 June 2017.

March 25 2017: 8pm-11pm
Festival launch event at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Hollywood.
Our first celebration of the film festival with: open bar, live performances, silent auction & finalists announcement + trailer screenings, snacks and much much more.

Tuesday May 30th 2017: 8pm-11pm
Networking party, a private residence in the Hollywood Hills. Meet and greet for filmmakers, festival supporters and guests. Open bar, trailer screenings, food & drinks and performance.

Thursday June 1st: 8pm-11pm Documentary Screenings

Friday June 2nd: 8pm-11pm Short Film Screenings

Saturday June 3rd: 1pm-3pm World Cinema Screenings

Saturday June 3rd: 8pm-11pm Mixed Screenings

Sunday June 4th: 3pm-5pm TV Pilot Screenings

Sunday June 4th: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: May 1 2017
Finalists announced: Saturday May 1 Live in Hollywood
No fee waivers
Please send screeners with application

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