310 18th St. N., Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35203
· USA Today says ‘Top Ten Places for a Fabulous Film Festival’
· One of TIME Magazine’s ‘Film Festivals for the Rest of Us’
· One of Chris Gore’s ‘Best Vacation Film Festivals’ in the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide
· ‘Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals’ and ‘Best Kept Secret’ in MovieMaker Magazine
Description: The Sidewalk Film Festival is an annual, non-profit celebration of new independent cinema in Downtown Birmingham. Aside from the initial festival in late August, Sidewalk offers year round programming for film makers and audiences alike. This years festival is set to take place August 22-24, 2014.
Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema. Typically, the festival attracts around 10,000 people annually and brings in over 500 volunteers.
Sidewalk offers up to 200 short films and feature films over the course of three days. Low-priced weekend passes provide easy access to Sidewalk venues, encouraging attendees to seek out new films they may not see otherwise. With ten venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, the festival mainly centers around the beautiful Alabama Theater (a 2,200 seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927). The economic impact of Sidewalk Film Festival is estimated to be 1.5 million annually.
“I liked it all. The films. The panels. The venues. The city.” –David McMath