The Lookout Wild Film Festival is an outdoor adventure and conservation festival in Chattanooga, Tenn., that aims to celebrate what we call "wild" films. In 2016, we were pleased to seat more than 4,000 audience members over 4 days. We are looking for projects that celebrate the wild places around the Southeast, North America and the world.

For 2021, we are thrilled to continue LWFF's annual Outdoor Photography Competition! See details on the specific categories. The 2021 festival will likely move to Summer or Fall of 2021 due to concerns over COVID 19.

Topics of such films may include — but are not limited to — exploration, conservation, nature, wildlife, survival and outdoor activities such as adventure sports. Some sports/activities we hope to encompass are: rock climbing, cycling, paddling, hiking, hang gliding, skiing, running, mountain biking, fishing, birding, snowshoeing, caving, boarding (snow, wake, skate and others), horseback riding, surfing, multisport, slack lining, base jumping and whatever else people are doing outside.

We are looking for narrative and documentary films, feature-length, shorts and everything in between.

But beyond any specific activity or theme, the LWFF board is looking for films that share our love of the outdoors and storytelling. We want films that take us places we can't go — or haven't gone yet. We want films that help us see things with a new perspective.

Films will be shown over four days at the Memorial Auditorium Community Theater and the Camp House event space.

Chattanooga is a youthful, growing outdoor mecca drawing in top adventurers from around the United States. The city are also garnering attention from media outlets and tourism groups, headlined by Outside Magazine calling the Scenic City its "Best Town Ever" in 2011 and 2015.

We believe that the Lookout Wild Film Festival will be key part of Chattanooga's continued growth as a destination for both outdoor enthusiasts and young, techie creatives. We hope to see you here!

First place "Loggy" awards for each category

We are looking for projects that celebrate outdoor adventure and conservation around the Southeast, North America and the world.

We are looking for narrative and documentary films, feature-length, shorts and everything in between.

There are no time constraints for when the film was produced.

There are no location constraints for where the film takes place, aside from our Southeastern Film category and our 100 miles from Chattanooga photo category.

Online screeners and digital submissions preferred. Submission by mail will gladly be accepted, but please consider the environment in choosing your packaging material.

By submitting your film and/or photographs, you agree that you have rights to all content in the submission. You also agree to allow Lookout Wild Film Festival to show your film/photo at our festival and/or winter film series. Films may be shown at multiple screenings. Photos may be shown at multiple exhibits. Segments of the films may be used in trailers. Photos, screen grabs or filmmaker submitted images may be used in promotional material and social media.

Overall Rating
  • David Jervidal

    Very glad to be part of this festival! Can definitely recommend!

    February 2020
  • Mike Wilkinson

    As a filmmaker from the southeast, I had a great time at this fest. While they brought in some great films from all over, they definitely had an appreciation for those specifically from the southeast. As such, I was able to network with other filmmakers and photographers in my region.

    The hospitality, theatre, and volunteer help were all great! The Tivoli is an awesome venue for this. Hoping I have some more work to submit next year!

    January 2020
  • Justin Pugh

    Great festival with superb programming! As a filmmaker, my only criticisim is unfortunately the festival provides no means for networking with industry peers. Hopefully, this change in the future, as film selections are very well curated, and Chattanooga is a great festival destination.

    If you're looking for festivals to showcase your adventure film please submit!

    March 2019
  • Nicole Potgieter

    I have been to this festival as both an attendee and a filmmaker with a film shown. It is an awesome experience. There was great communication between myself and the event organizers. Everything went smoothly and I really learned from the experience. Would definitely recommend as either an attendee or filmmaker!

    February 2019
  • Very special film festival with a lot of character!
    Unfortunately I couldn't visit the festival because the journey from Switzerland was too expensive for me. Maybe another time! It was a great honour for me that my Scotland film was shown at the festival.
    I would like to thank Andy John for the good communication.

    February 2018