The Lookout Wild Film Festival, held annually in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, is a vibrant celebration of adventure and environmental cinema, drawing over 4000 attendees to our three-day flagship event at the iconic Tivoli Theater. From our modest beginnings in 2013, we've expanded our reach with virtual festivals and a multi-city tour, enriching our impact year after year. In 2024, we celebrated our 12th annual festival, continuing our tradition of showcasing captivating films and fostering community engagement. Over the years, we've proudly premiered numerous North American and US films, welcomed filmmakers from around the world, and hosted filmmaker Q&A sessions and workshops.

Filmmakers, we are looking for films that celebrate wild places and the diversity of people they inspire.

Topics of films may include — but are not limited to — inspiration, exploration, conservation, and adventure films. Some outdoor activities we feature are: epic travel adventures, rock climbing, road and mountain biking, creek and river boating, hiking, skiing, trail running, fishing, ocean sports, wildlife, snowshoeing, caving, boarding , airsports (gliding & wingsuit), surfing, multisport, highlining, and whatever else people are doing outside. We share tales of inspiration showing people using Nature to overcome adversity.

We are looking for narrative and documentary films, feature-length films, short films, animated films, time-lapse films and everything in between.

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

Beyond any specific activity or theme, the LWFF board is looking for films that share our love of the outdoors through 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.

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

We believe that the Lookout Wild Film Festival is a key part of Chattanooga's continued growth as a destination for both outdoor enthusiasts. We hope to see you here and thank you for your consideration as a venue for your film!

Online screeners and digital submissions preferred. If your film is available on Vimeo or similar services please include that link as well. Please include any needed password to access the films.

We thank the filmmakers and our audience for your support over the years.

Winners in each film category receive our infamous "Loggy" award.

To the most inspiring character in a film we will present the prestigious Dale 'Greybeard' Sanders Perseverance Award - the "Stoney".

By submitting your film and/or photographs to the Lookout Wild Film Festival (LWFF), you agree that you have Rights to all media content in the submission including but not limited to all video, audio and photographs. You agree that your submission does not infringe on the Copyright of any 3rd party.

By submitting your film(s) and/or photographs, you agree to allow LWFF to show your film(s) and/or photo(s) at our in person festival and/or our virtual online festival. This option can be rescinded at the option of the filmmaker if submitted in email/writing to LWFF when and if the film is accepted.

By submitting your film(s) you agree to allow LWFF to show your film(s) as part of our LWFF Film Tour for a period of 1 year from the date of the main festival. This option can be rescinded at the option of the filmmaker if submitted in email/writing to LWFF when and if the film is accepted.

Films may be shown at multiple screenings. Photos may be shown at multiple exhibits.

With the exception of Festival pass(es), the filmmaker will receive no monetary compensation for exhibition of the Film during the Festival or additional screenings.

Photos, trailers, video clips, screen grabs or filmmaker submitted images may be used in promotional material and social media.

Winner of Photo categories may have award presentation prints made. These award presentation prints may be auctioned if the winner does not take possession at the festival. Photographer retains all Rights to the content of the photos.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless LWFF and its agents from and against all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs that such parties may incur as a result of any violation of these Terms.

These Terms are governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee.

Overall Rating
  • Lookout Wild Film Festival embodies Southern hospitality and strong community. I highly recommend it as a must stop for your films. I unfortunately was unable to attend my world premiere of Flowing Air, a 9 year passion project, but followed along as my main character, Lane Lamoreaux, won the "The Stoney" award for most inspiring character. His attendance and acceptance of the award in person was a perfect end to this story for now. I can not think of a better film festival to have premiered at!

    March 2024
  • Liz McGregor

    Although we were not able to attend in person, our entire team was thrilled to be given Honorable Mention in LWFF 2024! Thank you so much for recognizing our film and sharing work that is important, timely and inspiring.

    January 2024
  • Adam Bratton

    I've been fortunate enough to participate in Lookout Wild Film Festival across multiple years, and multiple roles (attendee, official selection, producer, etc.) and this festival continues to deliver year over year on all fronts.

    It is definitely on my calendar each year!

    January 2024
  • Kelsey Ferguson

    Even though I could not attend in person, the team behind LWFF was awesome and I highly recommend it.

    January 2023
  • Paige Swift

    First time attending & it was great! Great crew, superb location & programming of films, and nice audience attendance. I appreciated being asked to be on the filmmaker panel- met lots of cool filmmakers, and the man himself- Dale 'GRAYBEARD' Sanders! I will definitely be back for LWFF.

    January 2023