Your guide to the 2024 Lookout Wild Film Festival

The Lookout Wild Film Festival is back for another year, showcasing 60+ short and feature films that depict adventure and conservation — we’re here to help you get ready for the full weekend of screenings.

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Get ready for four days of adventurous films.

Photo by Steve Rogers via Lookout Wild Film Festival

The 12th annual Lookout Wild Film Festival is returning to set up camp at the Walker Theater this Thursday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 14. Let us direct you on how to make the most out of this event.

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just really love a good independent film, this festival has it all. From surfing in Norway and rhino conversation to rock climbing in Afghanistan and gravel biking in East Tennessee, these movies will take you on a different adventure with each new title screen.

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“I’m also proud to hear every year from folks that aren’t ‘outdoorsy’ but who fall in love with the stories and the characters in these films.” — LWFF Founder + Festival Director, Andy Johns

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The festival will showcase 60+ films (shorts and features) — check out the full lineup for each day. For a sneak peek of what to expect, here are four films that are based on our very own Tennessee Valley.

“A Couple of Screws Loose” | Thursday, Jan. 11 | 7 p.m. | 32 minutes | Travel with two bike-packers who take on three of the hardest gravel bike rides in the southeast in just three days.

“Mecca in the Making” | Friday, Jan. 12 | 7 p.m. | 16 minutes | Get a glimpse of the “remarkable rebirth of Chattanooga” through collective action.

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Get a glimpse at conservation and adventure seekers from across the globe, including those in our city.

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“The Conservation Kid” | Sunday, Jan. 14 matinee | 1 p.m. | 11 minutes | Watch the story of local Cash Daniels who began cleaning the Tennessee River at the age of six + his continued efforts over the last few years.

“Walls of Faith” | Sunday, Jan. 14 matinee | 1 p.m. | 17 minutes | See the chronicles of Zach LeClerc as he scales some of Chattanooga’s most scenic sites.

Bonus: Get an opportunity to meet the folks behind some of the films with special dinners offered on Saturday + Sunday.

Let the credits roll, it’s time to get your tickets for weekend or day passes.

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