We are thrilled to announce our annual film festival’s return to Birmingham’s Historic Theatre District August 23-29, 2021.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we hosted our 2020 Festival at the Grand River Drive-In and though this provided a safe and fun environment for our Fest, Sidewalk is just not Sidewalk without the sidewalks (and gorgeous historic venues)!

The 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival presented by Regions Bank is returning to its Theatre District roots with a festival footprint that includes the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, the Alabama Theatre, the Lyric Theatre, First Church Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Recital Hall and Lecture Hall as well as the Steiner Auditorium at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

We acknowledge that the pandemic is not over and as a result, will be working in partnership with each of the venues we rent to ensure filmmaker, audience, volunteer, and staff safety, with limited capacities, social distancing regulations, and other policies as deemed necessary at the time of the Festival.


Passes for this year’s Festival go on sale Monday, May 17 at 8 am. 


Beyond the exciting news that we are returning to the theatre district, we’re also incredibly excited to announce the Alabama-based documentary SOCKS ON FIRE as the first Official Selection of the 2021 Sidewalk Film Festival. The film won the coveted Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Gadsden, Alabama-based filmmaker, Bo McGuire (one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film“), we are honored to host the festive homecoming screening of SOCKS ON FIRE. The screening date and time are TBA.


The full Festival line-up will be announced in mid-July.


Special thanks to our Sidewalk Heroes!


    Stacey & Chance Shirley     

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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