With a mantra of “something for everyone”, Sidewalk actively strives to bring a variety of film to its audience. To that end, we are pleased to highlight civil and social issues in our Life + Liberty track, black filmmakers and diversity-related topics in our Black Lens track, and LGBTQ filmmakers and stories with our SHOUT track. As an Alabama festival in a city with multiple universities, we also spotlight local and student filmmakers in our Alabama track.

Black Lens

Black Lens aims to shine a light on some of the most outstanding narrative and documentary films directed by, produced by, and/or starring Black filmmakers. The films that are shown...



SHOUT was launched in 2006 and showcases features, documentaries, and short films that explore issues and situations involving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. SHOUT is Alabama's first...



Alabama might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about filmmaking, but the craft is alive and well in the deep south. Sidewalk’s mission is...


Life + Liberty

Life & Liberty Films focus on historic civil rights events and modern-day human rights issues. The Life & Liberty track, now in its 14th year, was inspired by the growing...


August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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