Chattanooga State Community College is honored to host Chattanooga, Tennessee's first student film festival of this kind. If you are a current college or high school student in the greater Chattanooga area, we encourage you to submit your film here.

The Chattanooga State Film Festival will run from March 26 - March 28, 2020, and it is free and open to anyone interested in attending. Events include: Thursday night's Global Film Series screening of the Japanese film Shoplifters, with free food and discussion after. Friday night's student film screening, which will take place in Chattanooga State's Humanities Auditorium. Finally, Saturday night will feature production designer and art director, Kristen Adams (from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Project Runway, and many music videos), as well as an award ceremony with recognition and cash prizes for our high school and college student films in the categories listed below.

Cash awards will be given in the following categories:
Short Film
· All narrative genres
· Less than 30 minutes in length
Short Documentary
· Nonfiction or docudrama
· Less than 30 minutes in length
Music Video

*Special Awards:
· Young Filmmaker Award: Directed by filmmakers under 18 years of age.
· Chattanooga State Honor Award: Recognition of an outstanding work created by a current Chattanooga State Student.
· Audience Award: Voted on by the audience during the screening of student work on Friday March 27th.

All films must be submitted via this FilmFreeway website by February 15, 2020.
To qualify for submission this year, your film must have been finished between February 15, 2019 and February 15, 2020.
Submissions will only be accepted from current high school and college students. (We define "local" as any colleges and high schools within approximately seventy five-miles of Chattanooga State's Main Campus.)
It costs $5 to submit a film to the festival.
If you have additional questions about rules, terms, and submissions, please contact Sarah Page at

Overall Rating
  • I am very thankful for their hospitality and willingness to take on my documentary. Keep up the good work!

    August 2018
  • BJ Faircloth

    It was a small festival. They had great awards for the size of the festival. I wish film makers were given a chance to network. I didn’t know who was a fellow film maker so I didn’t meet anyone. This was their first year so I think they did great for a first try. I will be back next year!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Yo BJ, thanks for the review.

    We are already talking about next year and one of the big things that we are wanting to do is make the festival a better networking opportunity for filmmakers! So, we be super open to an ideas you had on the subject!

    And we look forward to seeing you next year!