Artist Wayne White demonstrating part of his massive sculptural installation, Wayne-O-Rama, during the VIP Filmmaker Bus Tour, 2017. Photography provided by Chris Wolfe

Artist Residency Chattanooga & Chattanooga Film Festival


A Partnership; A Friendship; A Collaborationship


For six years, the Chattanooga Film Festival has continued its mission to fill four days in early April with as much incredible film, music, comedy and art as humanly possible, including films, parties, workshops, and good times. For the 2nd year in a row, ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga is teaming up with CFF, continuing the Featured Exhibiting Artist in what is hopefully a new favorite festival tradition. As always this will be the biggest, craziest, most Chattanoogist film festival in 2019!



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Make New Work and be the Featured Artist of the 2019 Chattanooga Film Festival


CFF 2019

For sixyears, the Chattanooga Film Festival has continued its mission to fill four days in early April with as much incredible film, music, comedy and art as humanly possible, including films, parties, workshops, and good times. For its 6th year, we're bringing back the Featured Exhibiting Artist in what is quickly becoming a festival tradition. This promises to be the biggest, craziest, most Chattanoogist film festival in 2019! Find out more on their website and facebook.

Featured Artist

The selected artist will live and work 2-4 weeks in Chattanooga leading up to the festival April 11-14. We provide a studio for the artist to create a new installation or exhibition of work that will be displayed around the festival venue and be exposed to over 10,000 local & national festival attendees. There is potential for networking, press, and other opportunities.


What does ARC & CFF Provide?

  • Lodging

  • Space to create work

  • Featured Artist exhibition for the duration of the festival (April 11-14 at the Chattanooga Theatre Center)

  • Exposure to over 10,000 visitors, filmmakers, special guests

  • Stipend for the artist

  • CFF 2019 T.R.I.P Badge (formerly the VIP Badge)
    - The Best way to experience the Fest
    - Access to all Films, Workshops, Parties, events
    - Exclusive access to the VIP Outing field trip
    - Priority tickets & seating to films & events

What does the artist provide?

  • Exhibition/Installation at CFF 2019

  • Travel/food/other living expenses

  • Materials/Supplies/Special Tools

  • Art handling (post festival)


A very heartfelt thank you to the Footprint Foundation and the Bonnaroo Works Fund for supporting local artists and arts iniatives such as ARC and CFF with grants to make these opportunities possible.


Applications Are Now CLOSED


ARC is open to creative permanent residents of the United States living outside the greater Chattanooga area working in any medium. Artists who are or will be enrolled in a college or university art degree-granting program during the time of the residency are not eligible to apply.



Tra Bouscaren

2018 Selected Artist


Bouscaren's work engages American spectacle at the crossroads of waste culture and the surveillance state. From a technical perspective, his research works to extend our capacity to manipulate live video together with streaming internet feeds according to a variety of digital inputs in real time.

While in Chattanooga Bouscaren will be working to create a giant, ceiling-mounted styrofoam “Doom Cloud”, which will become a 'sculpted screen' awash in a video bath from multiple projectors. Visitors will be able to contribute their own live video images as mashed up with live internet news feeds and social media information as it is projection-mapped onto the surface of the cloud sculpture and barked out by speakers buried within it.

A widely accomplished artist living and working in Watsonville, CA, Bouscaren was recently featured in Peripheral Vision Arts and has recently been invited to both MOCA Tuscon and The Mattress Factory for a solo exhibition as an artist-in-residence. He received his MFA from University of Pennsylvania, and was a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (ABD). He is represented by N2 Gallery in Barcelona and has exhibited globally, including residencies in Ethiopia and Armenia, as well as exhibiting at the AC Institute in New York City, the Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture in San Francisco, CA, and Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center of Pittsburgh, PA.



For the past 5 years in April, thousands of filmmakers, actors & actresses, film buffs, fans, and cinephiles alike gather in Chattanooga, TN, to celebrate film, music, and art for four days. The schedule isn't released until closer to the festival, but some CFF traditions include:



The VIP Outing is a special opportunity for our VIP badge holders. We load the VIPs onto a bus stocked with libations and an itinerary packed to show off some of our favorite spots in town. CFF 2017 included a free tour of Wayne-O-Rama lead by artist Wayne White, followed by a catered lunch at Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish, where a few brave souls sweat & suffered through a 'hottest' wing eating contest. Previous years have included stops at Rock City, Champy's Chicken, the Incline Railway, and Chattanooga Whiskey. We get you back with some time to catch remaining films, events and the nightly party (or maybe a nap).


Special guests and filmmakers

Previous attendees have included Elijah Wood, Clint Howard, Uwe Boll, Joe Bob Briggs, Alex West, Kyle Kinane, Bobcat Goldthwait, Michael St. Michaels (The Greasy Strangler), Clayton English, Eddie Pepitone, Wayne White, Lauren T. Mack and Charlotte Pines, Aaron Moorhead and  Justin Benson, André Gower and Ryan Lambert (Squadcast Podcast), Joe Lynch and Adam Green (Movie Crypt Podcast), Company X, EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!, and many more! 


Party Every Night

Every night is a party!  Thursday through Sunday, from Karaoke at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant to the Closing Awards Ceremony & Afterparty, including one of the most anticipated events of every CFF: our infamous Boat Party. On Saturday night, party-goers board the historic Southern Belle Riverboat, jam-packed with some of our favorite bands like CFF 2017's Jeff the Brotherhood and Shannon and the Clams. It doesn't leave shore, but it'll take you on a journey!


Comedy, Workshops, and Podcasts, oh my!

Say films and parties aren't for you? There's more! Sprinkled through the schedule of the festival are workshops, panels, and other events from filmmakers, actors & actresses, and other special guests from the film industry. There's Stand-Up comedy blocks, like last year's Clayton English, or Eddie Pepitone in 2016, and always introduced by our favorite local comedians; Classes & workshops such as indie film production, last year taught by Snowfort Pictures, or how to make a monster on a budget (James Sizemore 2016); Panels on navigating the film festival circuit (with Billy Ray Brewton in 2017) or taking a script from first draft to production (Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson 2017); Live podcasts from the likes of 2017's Squadcast Podcast (André Gower + Ryan Lambert) and Movie Crypt Podcast (Joe Lynch and Adam Green). Don't forget special keynote presentations, like 2017's Daniel Noah, Josh Waller and Lisa Whalen who discussed the vision of Company X.  


Expect the Unexpected

Every year CFF aims to best itself, and one way to do that is with fun, unexpected popups sprinkled throughout the festival grounds. 2016 incorporated a circus sideshow where a world record was set; 2017 featured a cardboard maze inspired by the opening night film Dave Made a Maze, complete with props from the film, hand-crafted by a team of local artists. Free pop-up tattoo booths and cocktail contests have also been known to occur. Our vendors vary from local artists and small businesses to non-profits, podcasters, VR demos, and industry leading film companies.

Contact Us

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