Sidewalk Film Festival FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Sidewalk below. Have a question that’s not here? Send us an E-Mail

When is the festival?

The festival is presented annually on the last weekend of August.

When will the film schedule be announced?

The schedule is usually announced in mid July.

What kind of films will be shown at the festival?

Sidewalk Film Festival showcases the best in new, independent films. Narratives, documentaries, features, and short films are all featured at the festival, with a special spotlight on Alabama filmmakers.  We screen traditional narratives as well as music videos, animated film, and episodic content.  With a little bit for everyone, you’re sure to find something you enjoy!

How can I submit a film?

Please visit Sidewalk or SHOUT entry rules.

Where do festival film screenings and events take place?

Sidewalk takes place at various locations in Downtown Birmingham, including:

Screening Venues

Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave. N.
Carver Theatre, 1631 4th Ave. N.
Red Mountain Theatre Company, 301 19th St. N.
Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Rushton Theatre at McWane Center, 200 19th St. N.

Party Venues

2016 Venues TBA.  Check back in Summer 2016 for updates!

Other Venues

Sidewalk Central – 3rd Ave N between 18th and 19th St N
Central Ticketing/Will Call, 1807 3rd Ave. N.
Sidetalks Panels and Workshops, Legends Bar, 230 18th St. N.

How can I buy tickets for the festival?

Tickets for the festival usually go on sale in May and the purchase link for Festival Tickets and other events may be found HERE page.

What is SHOUT?

SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival is Alabama’s first and only film festival celebrating the best, new, independent films made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. SHOUT shares festival dates and footprint with Sidewalk. Visit the SHOUT website here for more information.

What is Sidewalk Central?

In partnership with REV Birmingham, Sidewalk Central is a free outdoor entertainment and vending area located on 3rd Avenue North between 18th and 19th Streets during the festival. Enjoy incredible local food, pop-up shops, unique interactive performances, Sidewalk merchandise, Regions Bank ATM, sponsor giveaways, festival info station, and more. For more information on Sidewalk Central, click here.

Is the festival accessible?

All Sidewalk venues are accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Accessible restrooms can be found at all venues and at Sidewalk Central.

What other programming will be at the festival besides films?

The Sidewalk experience extends far beyond the theatre. In addition to Sidewalk Central, the festival hosts panels, workshops, and parties throughout the festival weekend. For more information on parties, click here. For more information on Sidetalks panels and workshops, click here.

Where can I park at the festival?

Sidewalk venues are all within downtown Birmingham’s historic Theatre District and are easily walkable, so there should not be a need to park more than once per day. Please check our Logistics and Travel page for parking lot locations and information.

Are films in the festival rated?

Films in the festival are typically not assigned a rating by the MPAA – G, PG, PG-13, R, etc. Attendees are encouraged to consult the festival program for information on each film’s content. Family-friendly films are screened free of charge during the festival at the Rushton Theatre at the McWane Center on 3rd Ave. N between the Alabama Theatre and 19th St. N. Get info on our Family Festival here.

Are there opportunities to volunteer at the festival?

Yes! Volunteers play an integral role in each year’s festival. Volunteers also earn perks like shirts, festival tickets, and party passes. For information about volunteering at the festival, click here.

Can I contribute to the festival in other ways?

Yes! Click here for information on donating to the festival. If your company is interested in sponsoring Sidewalk, click here for more information. Sidewalk Film Festival is presented by the Alabama Moving Image Association, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Does Sidewalk offer educational programming beyond the festival weekend?

Yes! We offer a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year.  Please join us!

Monthly ScreenTalks that provide access to important documentaries and discussion of current issues by a panel of professionals.

Monthly free Salons for networking and filmmaker enrichment

Annual Sidewalk Scramble competitions to exercise your creativity and connect you with other filmmakers and artists

Youth Board for our teenaged and highschool filmmakers

Quarterly Tech and Technique to help filmmakers develop specific skills

What items are prohibited at the festival?

Outside food or beverages (including alcohol), coolers, animals other than service animals, e-cigarettes, and noisemakers of any kind are strictly prohibited. Weapons of any kind, even with a concealed weapons permit, are also prohibited. Photos, videos, or audio recordings of films are not allowed.

Every venue included in Sidewalk is smoke-free. E-cigarettes and other smoking devices are strictly prohibited. Some Sidewalk Party Locations provide smoking areas that will be clearly marked.

How can I contact Sidewalk?

You can contact the Sidewalk office at 205-324-0888. For tickets, call 205-332-3715. The Sidewalk office is located at 310 18th St. N Suite 404, Birmingham, AL 35203. For more contact information, click here.

Can my restaurant/organization/business be part of the festival?

We are currently accepting applications for restaurants, nonprofit organizations, and other vendors looking to participate at Sidewalk Film Festival in August.

Click here for the Restaurant/Food vendor application form.
Click here for the Nonprofit Organization application form.
Click here for the Sponsor/Merchant Vendor application form.