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.

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Focus

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.

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

Event

  • 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

Schedule

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