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2017 Sidewalk and SHOUT Award Winners

Thanks to every sponsor, filmmaker, volunteer, and attendee who made Sidewalk 2017 a success! Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. Jury Awards The following awards are presented by the competition juries of Sidewalk & SHOUT. Jambor-Franklin Founders Award For Best Narrative Feature ($1000) — Are We Not Cats directed by Xander Robin Best Narrative […]

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SHOUT Opening and Closing Night Announced

We’re pleased to announce the opening and closing night selections for SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival. SHOUT Opening Night – Whitney: Can I Be Me Directed by Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal UK, Documentary, 105 minutes Wednesday, August 23rd 7:00 PM Saturn Birmingham Click here to buy tickets for this screening. Celebrated director Nick Broomfield is […]

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Sidewalk 2017 lineup revealed!

A total 266 films across multiple genres are set to highlight the 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank, August 22nd–27th in downtown Birmingham. “This is a phenomenal lineup for our attendees, and—coupled with our accompanying events throughout the weekend—will prove to be the strongest festival to date,” said Chloe Cook, executive director […]

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Sidewalk 2017 Preview: Opening and Closing Night

We’re 35 days away from Sidewalk 2017! This week’s preview is a big one—we’re announcing both our Opening Night Film and our Closing Night Film. Check out the titles below, and watch this space next Friday for a HUGE sneak peek at this year’s festival. The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions is August […]

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Sidewalk 2017 Preview: Features

We’re 42 days out from Sidewalk 2017! For this week’s preview, Sidewalk Creative Director Rachel Morgan shares a few features you don’t want to miss at this year’s festival. “It’s a crazy year,” Rachel says. “The temperature of indie film this season is very reflective of the cultural climate of the past 18 months. I’m looking forward […]

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Sidewalk 2017 Preview: Shorts

Sidewalk Opening Night 2017 is just 49 days away, and it’s time to begin unveiling selections from this year’s lineup! At last year’s festival, we screened over 180 short films from filmmakers all over the world in ten venues in Birmingham’s historic theatre district. For this week’s festival preview, Sidewalk Shorts Programmer Joi Tribble shares some […]

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Upcoming Sidewalk Events for June 2017

School’s out for the summer, and we’re just 84 days out from our 2017 Opening Night – but there are plenty of Sidewalk screenings and events in the meantime! Check out what’s coming up in June: Salon: Adapting for the Screen | Tuesday, June 6th For our June Salon, screenwriting guru Dan Goforth will lead a […]

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Alabama Film Incentives in Jeopardy

Please call Montgomery today to help save our growing film industry! Late yesterday, a legislative bill that would effectively kill a growing creative industries employment sector was introduced by Representative Phil Williams of Huntsville. House Bill 554 is a repeal of the Alabama Film Incentive Package. If passed, the legislation would almost certainly halt all […]

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Sidewalk makes “50 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” list!

Sidewalk has been named one of 2017’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine! Once again, Sidewalk was singled out for our unique (and numerous) parties, savvy programming, and networking opportunities for attending filmmakers. You can read the whole list here. We’re thrilled to be included on this list, and in celebration we’re […]

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Salsa Showdown presented by Alagasco Returns May 27th

Sidewalk is happy to announce the 7th Annual Salsa Showdown presented by Alagasco will be Saturday, May 27th at Cahaba Brewing Company! Restaurants and vendors from across Alabama will convene to compete for best salsa, queso, guacamole, and specialty dip – both audience choice and jury choice. Plus we’ll have live music, piñata smashes, kids’ […]

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Campaign Launches – Keep #SidewalkStrong

Our Keep Sidewalk Strong crowdfunding campaign has launched on Seed&Spark! We’re raising money to help rent the Lyric Theatre at this year’s festival and to outfit the Alabama Theatre with Digital Cinema Projection. We’re asking our biggest champions to contribute in this effort to make Sidewalk 2017 our best festival yet. Plus, donors to the […]

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