Congratulations to our Spooky Scramble Winners!

This past Wednesday, we screened films made during the Spooky Scramble – a 48-hour filmmaking competition held here in Birmingham. Participating teams had to write, direct, and edit films and submit them to us within 48 hours. Each team received a random horror sub-genre that their film had to fit into, a spooky prop (in this case, a small bendable skeleton) they had to incorporate, and a line of dialogue they had to use (The Shining’s famous line, “Here’s Johnny”).

The audience award winners receive $500 and automatic acceptance into Sidewalk Film Festival 2019. The jury award winners receive $1,000 and automatic acceptance into Sidewalk Film Festival 2019.

The jury for the Scramble consisted of Sidewalk programmer Corey Craft, horror screenwriter Jeremy Burgess, local filmmaker Chance Shirley, and Birth.Movies.Death. writer Justin Harrison.

Below is the complete list of winners and a link to the Youtube playlist of the films (films accepted into the festival are not online as per our submission requirements).

Jury Special Awards

Sickest Riffs Award – Badmouth Films
Best Use of Space – Team Haunted House
Best Use of Skeleton – Line B
Best Special Effects – Line B
Best Use of Comedy – Vacant Manifesto
Best Performance – Michael Greene, Vacant Manifesto
Best Puke Award – Whale Wolves
Best Score – Whale Wolves
Best Use of Fake Blood – Vacant Manifesto
Best Cinematography – L’Goons

Cash Prize Awards

Audience Award – Over Fork Over
Jury Award – L’Goons


We screened all the films on October 24th at Alabama School of Fine Arts. If you missed the event or just want to re-watch some of your favorites, check out our Youtube playlist of the films here!


We host two scrambles a year. If you missed your chance to participate in this one or want to try your luck for the top prize one more time, we’ll have another scramble in February 2019. We’ll post details about registration for that as they become available.

Featured photo by Lauren Chisholm.

Spring Event Schedule

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2018 lineup of events. From documentary screenings to filmmaker salons, plan on joining us for some of our spring events. Check out the details on our tickets page or on in our Facebook events listing.

March 20: The China Hustle Screentalk Screening
April 3: Music in Film Filmmaker Salon
April 17: The Road Movie Screentalk Screening
May 1: Location Scouting Filmmaker Salon
May 3: Casting Workshop Tech & Technique Workshop
May 15: RBG Screentalk Screening
June 5: Casting Ethics Filmmaker Salon
June 19: Filmworker Screening

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 workshop on adapting for the screen from various mediums. Dan is an award-winning screenwriter and columnist for Script Magazine. His work spans genre and source material, from historical biographies to sci-fi graphic novels. Dan won the Sidewrite screenwriting competition at Sidewalk in 2010. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, June 6th
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Rojo Birmingham

SHOUT Pride Week Screening: Dynasty Night | Wednesday, June 7th

In honor of Central Alabama Pride, SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival presents Dynasty Night! In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Steven Carrington coming out, this special event will feature Dynasty inspired drag performances by the amazing Cierra Symone Campbell, Shelby Dillard and Audrina Taylor.

We’ll have an “Icons Of Television” costume contest with a prize basket for the winner including VIP Passes to Sidewalk 2017, plus bourbon tasting sponsored by Virgil Kaine. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, June 7th
7:00 PM
Al’s On Seventh

ScreenTalk: Night School | Tuesday, June 20th

ScreenTalk is a monthly documentary and discussion screening series designed to stimulate conversation.

Night School
Directed by Andrew Cohn
85 minutes, USA

Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. For adult learners Greg, Melissa and Shynika, finally earning their high school diplomas could be a life-changing achievement.

Emmy award-winning director Andrew Cohn’s absorbing documentary observes their individual pursuits, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low income Americans. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, June 20th
7:00 PM
Carrigan’s Public House
$8 in advance, $10 at the door, $5 for students anytime