Los Angeles

Debut Festival

Los Angeles, CA

September 2017 - January 2018

Wayward was born and raised in LA – join us for our flagship event in autumn 2017. 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.

Submit your film now for a chance to win.


We focus on narratives highlighting:

  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • 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.


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

The Wayward Prize for US Narrative Films

The Wayward Prize for Horror Feature

The Wayward Prize for Horror Short


  • Seven days of festival programming at several prestigious venues in Hollywood
  • Screenings of the best “out of the box” cinema & shorts
  • A varied film program expressing non-traditional stories, voices and viewpoints
  • Genre-based curation
  • Opening & closing parties
  • Prizes & award ceremonies
  • Afterparties
  • Networking sessions
  • Workshops
  • Panel discussions
  • Photo booth / Pop-ups / Food trucks & much, much more