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2017 Call for Entries is Open!


The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival, will take place August 25 – 27, 2017, in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

Available competitive categories include the below.  Please see our Film Freeway listing for deadlines and submission fees.

 

  • Narrative Feature (fiction film of 45+ minutes)
  • Narrative Short (fiction film of 44 minutes or less)
  • Documentary Feature (non-fiction film of 45+ minutes)
  • Documentary Short (non-fiction film of 44 minutes or less)
  • Animated Short (majority animated film of 44 minutes or less)
  • Music Video (traditional or experimental music videos of 10 minutes or less)
  • Episodic Content (content intended for serial viewing such as tv shows, webisodes, etc of 45 minutes or less)
  • Teen Category (films of 44 minutes or less created by teen filmmakers)
  • Family Film Festival (films intended for children of all ages)

Please be aware that we offer discounted submission fees to our Alabama filmmakers, our returning filmmakers, and student submitters.

  • Sidewalk Alumni: Code SWALUMN17 offers a $5 discount for returning Sidewalk Alumni. A Sidewalk Alumni includes an Above The Line filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Actor in a starring role) who has screened their film at the Sidewalk Film Festival in a previous year (1999-2016).
  • Student Films: Code SWSTUDENT17 offers a $5 discount for student films. A Student Film includes films produced or directed by individuals who are enrolled in school (college or graduate level) and carry a valid student ID at the time of the film’s production.
  • Alabama Films: Code ALABAMA17 offers a $5 discount for Alabama-produced films. Alabama Productions include films that have been fully or partially filmed in Alabama and/or fully or partially produced in the state of Alabama. Partial Alabama productions must include at least 1 scene filmed in Alabama and/or at least 20% of the total budget spent in the state of Alabama. Alternatively a film that has the participation of at least 1 above the line filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Actor in a starring role) that currently lives in the State of Alabama and/or is an Alabama native can be considered an Alabama film.