Tonight: Life + Liberty Spotlight Night

Life & Liberty films focus on historic civil rights events and modern-day human rights issues in the most appropriate of venues – downtown Birmingham, the center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Now in its thirteenth year, the Life & Liberty track was inspired by the growing popularity of documentaries covering these important issues as well as Birmingham’s own place in civil rights history.

dir. Cynthia Lowen

BATTLEGROUND is an urgently timely window into the intersection of abortion and politics in America, following three women who lead formidable anti-abortion organizations to witness the enormous influence they wield. As the nation faces the end of Roe, the film also depicts those on the front lines of the fierce fight to maintain access. BATTLEGROUND was partially filmed in Alabama and includes Alabamians Jenna King and Samantha Blakely.

Note: If you have a VIP pass you should have a link in your confirmation email to purchase discounted tickets to this event. If you cannot find your link please email [email protected] to request it. 

Alabama Spotlight Night ENCORE

Last night’s Alabama Spotlight Night: Shorts was SOLD OUT! If you missed your chance to snag tickets, you’re in luck because we’re having an encore screening TONIGHT also at 7:00pm. You can get tickets here.

Birmingham’s a Foodie Town.

So we’re sending you everything you need to know to about eating and drinking at the Fest.


Concessions are available at the following venues.

Please note outside food and drink are not allowed at any Festival screening venue.

Food Trucks
The following food trucks will be on site Sidewalk weekend! On Friday these food trucks will be outside of the Alabama and Lyric Theatres and on Saturday and Sunday they will be outside of the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater. 


Porky’s Pride
Stephen’s Hot Dogs
CroixStreet Vegan
Burrito Punx


Porky’s Pride 
Stephen’s Hot Dogs
CroixStreet Vegan
Ono Ice


Porky’s Pride
Stephen’s Hot Dogs
Ono Ice
Los Bomberos Coffee Truck

Fast Casual Dining
For varied, relatively fast options:
The Pizitz Food Hall (120 19th Street N.) houses more than a dozen unique restaurants serving options like burgers, poké, tacos, and more.

For coffee and snacks: Revelator Coffee Company (1826 3rd Ave. N.)
Full-Service Restaurants
The Yardlocated in the Elyton Hotel (1928 1st Ave N) and adjacent to our partner hotel the Fairfield Inn serving an elevated Southern menu inspired by what’s in season.

Shu Shop
Trattoria Zaza
Brick & Tin
Cafe Dupont
Magnolia BBQ & Fish
Bistro 218
Roots & Revelry

Cahaba Brewing’s Cinematic Sour is back, just in time for Sidewalk Film Fest.⁠

Directed by Sidewalk Cinema + Film Fest, Cinematic Sour tells a juicy story of citrusy tangerine meeting tropical pineapple.⁠ This Berliner Weisse shines pale orange in the spotlight and boasts a light and sweet-tart flavor. ⁠

Cahaba Brewing is proud to continue sponsorship of the cinema and the fest and hope you’ll grab a six-pack and toast to another year of Sidewalk.

You can stop by Cahaba Brewing’s taproom for a pint or six-pack to-go, or head over to Sidewalk Cinema and have a pint!⁠ And you can click here to find Cinematic Sour near you.

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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