The Lookout Wild Film Festival is an adventure and environmental film festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA held in the famous Tivoli "Jewel of the South" Theater with an attendance of 4000+ at our 3 day flagship festival. We also host a virtual festival as well as a multi-city tour.

From humble beginnings in 2013 at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, we have grown each year in stature moving to the Walker Theater and then to the Tivoli. In 2020, we were pleased to seat approximately 5,000 audience members over 4 days including the first sell-out of the Tivoli theater for a film event. In 2021, due to Covid, we shifted to weekly free events in downtown Chattanooga at Miller Park to inspire our audience and thank them for the years of support. We returned to the glorious Tivoli Theater in 2022 for a very special 10th anniversary. In 2023, we celebrated with 2 World Premier films and 6 North American or US Premiers and hosted filmmakers from 3 Countries.

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, wildlife, and adventure. Some outdoor activities we feature 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, slacklining, base jumping and whatever else people are doing outside.

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 and photo 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
  • 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
  • Jem Moore

    A wonderful gem of a festival, superb communication and a willingness to listen, great audience of all ages with a packed house for every block. Highly recommended for any and all outdoor film.

    January 2023
  • Excellent communication and professional management of the film festival. Proud to be part of the LWFF 2022!

    January 2022
  • William Freund

    A great festival with great communications from the organizers. And we were honored to receive an Honorable Mention!

    January 2022