Los Angeles

Debut Festival

Los Angeles, CA

August - September 2017

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


Friday, August 25th, 2017
Online previews

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

Friday, September 1st
8pm - 11pm
Documentary screenings

Friday, September 8th
1pm - 3pm
World Cinema screenings

Saturday, September 9th
8pm - 11pm
Mixed screenings

Friday, September 15th
3pm - 5pm
TV Pilot screenings

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