Sidewalk Sidewrite

A division of the Sidewalk Film Festival started in 2004, Sidewrite’s mission is to discover and reward talented screenwriters in Alabama and around the world. The short screenplay competition aims to foster community amongst emerging writers and reinforce cinematic artistry locally. Sidewrite allows passionate writers to enhance their craft and receive recognition for their work and creativity.

The 2014 Finalists are:

Top 3 Alabama Screenplays:

“Fishing Trip” by Alan Moore
“A Memory of Jane” by Jeremy Crowson
“Don’t Miss the Bus” by Kimberly Tompkins

Top 3 Overall Screenplays:

“The Importance of Sex Education” by L. Elizabeth Powers
“Trimmed” by Stephen Dhondt
“You’re a Good Guy, Eli” by Cornelius Murphy

Sidewrite Finalists scripts will be read by the Birmingham Film Actor’s Lab during the 2014 Sidewalk Film Festival.

Alabama Finalists at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 23 at Legends Bar
Overall Finalists at 11:00am on Sunday, August 24 at Legends Bar

Sidewrite Winners will be announced at the Sidewalk/SHOUT Awards Show, Sunday, August 24 at 9:00pm. Each winner receive a $250 cash prize.

Previous Sidewrite Winners

2012 Sidewrite Jury Prize for Best Overall Screenplay- “She Will Be Mine” by Burleigh Smith
2012 Sidewrite Jury Prize for Best Alabama Screenplay- “The Five” by Cobey Cobb
2011 Sidewrite Jury Prize for Best Screenplay – “The Post Office” by Richard Hobley
2011 Sidewrite Alabama Screenwriter Prize – “Get Right” by Jeremy Burgess
2010 Sidewrite Jury Prize for Best Screenplay – “Mean Creek” by Dan Goforth
2009 SideWrite Grand Prize “Lost in Transmission” by Carl Edward Orr
2009 SideWrite Production Prize Winner: “The Burden” by Bill Barnett.
2008 Sidewrite short screenplay competition “A Good Man” by Stacy Davis
2008 SideWrite Production Prize Winner – “Waiting” screenplay by Mary Catherine Wendt
2007 Sidewrite First Prize for “Self Addressed” by Jim Pihakis
2007 Sidewrite Production Award for “Face Value” by Julie Pritt
2006 Sidewrite Grand Prize “When Standish Met Standoffish” by Daniel Ryan O’Donnell
2006 Sidewrite Production Prize “Pineville” by David A. Smith
2005 Sidewrite Grand Prize “Muckfuppet” by Kenn McCraken

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