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.

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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