Education and Outreach


A FREE monthly networking and educational event aimed at film makers and film fans alike. Join us the 1st Tuesday of each month (with a few exceptions, like our Oscars viewing party) to meet new people, learn something new and enjoy complimentary chips, salsa and queso from our friends at Rojo.


A year long documentary film and discussion initiative designed to stimulate conversation. ScreenTalk happens on the third Tuesday of every month at Carrigan’s Public House.


A timed filmmaking competition. Fueled by caffeine and competition, teams are challenged to create a short film — from concept to completion – typically within a 48-hour time frame – and based on themes and inspiration items provided by the creative folks at Sidewalk. Participants range from amateurs to professionals, so the results are inspiring and spectacular! More Info


A division of the Sidewalk Film Festival started in 2004, Sidewrite’s mission is to discover and reward talented screenwriters in Alabama and around the world. The short screenplay competition aims to foster community amongst emerging writers and reinforce cinematic artistry locally. Sidewrite allows passionate writers to enhance their craft and receive recognition for their work and creativity. Submit through FilmFreeway.


Technology & Technique Workshops offer a chance to gain hands-on experience under the guidance of a filmmaking professional. Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of the creative and technical process of making a film. Technology & Technique Workshops occur quarterly.


The Sidewalk Youth Board are a group of high school students from across the Birmingham area who share a love for movies. The Youth Board write, produce, direct, edit, and screen their own short film, which will also appear in the Sidewalk Film Festival lineup. Youth Board members also get to help our programming team choose films submitted by other teen filmmakers for consideration at the festival. More Info