The Epicenter Of Creative And Electrifying Cinema, The Sidewalk Film Festival

The Epicenter Of Creative And Electrifying Cinema, The Sidewalk Film Festival

The Sidewalk Film Festival is an annual film festival. It takes place during the last weekend in August. It was held in the Theater District of Birmingham, Alabama. It was founded in 1999. The festival is celebrated in the seven screening venues located within downtown Birmingham. One of seven venues featuring the restored Alabama Theater. It is a 2,200-seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927. It has multiple screening rooms in the Alabama School of Fine Arts. 

Writer/director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi are recognized for their collaboration in independent film for more than two decades in the  Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival of 2004. It includes such acclaimed indie classics as The Brother From Another Planet, Passion Fish, and Lone Star. The classic movie SilverCity is the Sidewalk 2004 Opening Night Film. Sidewalk honored actor John C. Reilly in 2005 with the inaugural Spirit of Sidewalk award.

The Sidewalk film festival was known in the early days as Alabama Moving Image Association. Kelli McCall Franklin, Wayne Franklin, and Erik Jambor are the founders of the film festival. In the Theater District of Birmingham, Alabama the festival debuted as Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. Sidewalk Film Festival has culminated its very own trifecta of neighborliness, organizing, and unadulterated fun. 

Empowering participants to break out of their shells and get to know each other, Sidewalk likes to blend movie producers and their crowds in a surprising town with uncommon exercises. The environment at Sidewalk is electric with imagination and joint effort as movie producers and film-darlings associate among screenings and partake in board conversations. Low-evaluated passes and a dense impression empowers producers and participants the same to the interface during this 3-day, a weekend celebration with genuine southern friendliness.

The List Of Some Of The Award Winner At The Sidewalk Film Festival:

Narrative Features

  • Best narrative Feature – Low and Behold
  • Best Director – Low and Behold
  • Best First Feature – August the First
  • Original Vision – Last Stop for Paul
  • Filmmaker to Watch – Murder Party


  • Best Documentary Feature – Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life
  • Best Short Documentary – Salim Baba
  • Best Student Documentary – A Street Divided
  • Special Jury Award – Join Us

Short Films

  • Best Short Film – Pop Foul
  • Best Animated Film – Everything Will be OK
  • Best Student Film, 1st Place – Caress of the Creature; 2nd Place – Heartburn
  • Best Alabama Short Film – I’m Nostalgic
  • Kathryn Tucker Windham Storytelling Award – A Death in the Woods
  • Special Jury Award for Direction – Archer House
  • Special Jury Award for Brilliance in Imagery – Help is Coming
  • Special Jury Award for Brilliance in Animation – Their Circumstances

Alabama Citations of Excellence (ACE) Awards

  • Excellence in Storytelling – Asclepius Fandango
  • Excellence in Imagery – Modern Plays: The Music Video
  • Excellence in Directing – Cup of Joe
  • Excellence in Originality – Lunch with Lincoln
  • Excellence in Comedy – Lunch
  • Excellence in Comedy Writing – The Little Things
  • Excellence in Acting – Tallie Medel, in I’m Nostalgic
  • Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking: Dick-George, Tenn-Tom, and Speaking Without Speaking

Audience Choice

  • Best Narrative Feature – American Fork
  • Best Documentary Feature – Darius Goes West: The Roll of his Life
  • Best Short Film – Deface
  • Best Alabama Film – Overflow

Other Awards

  • Side-Write, Grand Prize – “Self-Addressed” by James Pihakis
  • Side-Write, Second Prize – “Stuck” by Susan C. McCain
  • Side-Write, Production Prize – “Face Value” by Julie Pritt

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