5 Reasons Not to Miss This Year’s Sidewalk Film Festival

More than 250 films, 10 venues, 10 panels and workshops, and 9 parties and receptions are all taking over one theater district. Get your popcorn and meet us there Aug. 26-28. Find Sidewalk tickets and more info at sidewalkfest.com.

In A Valley Of Violence

1. Opening night in the Wild, Wild West

A horror film director takes a comedic Western turn in In a Valley of Violence.  Sidewalk will be showing the film opening night. Read more about it.


2. Meeting a Sidewalk native who’s made it big

Birmingham native Daniel Scheinert’s new film Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe is inventive. It’s weird. It has a lot of flatulence. Swiss Army Man screens Sunday, Aug. 28 at 12:50 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre. Read more about it.


3. Feature films galore

With more than 250 films screening at Sidewalk Film Festival, where do you start? The masterminds behind the film festival shared their top picks for feature films to save you some research. Watch trailers and get plot previews here.



4. The possibility of sidewalk every night

There’s a permanent art house theater in the works. The people who have brought you Sidewalk Film Festival for 18 years are now looking to bring a permanent venue for cinema to downtown Birmingham. As of press time, Sidewalk was engaged in a funding feasibility study to determine community support for a new a two-screen art house theater. It could possibly be located lower level of The Pizitz at 1821 2nd Ave. North, in the heart of Birmingham’s theatre district, just below The Pizitz Food Hall.

The theater would show first-run indie and repertoire films nightly and feature a full bar. The Sidewalk team will release more information on the proposed theater as it becomes available.

5. The parties

What better way is there to celebrate good cinema that to party with people who share your passion for it?

Live Music
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
3rd Avenue North and 19th Street

Food Truck Rally & 19th Street Market
Saturday and Sunday
19th Street
Handmade goods, art, and wearables for sale in partnership with First Church Birmingham

Shout Opening Night Reception
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Included with Shout Opening Night Passes, Shout Weekend Passes, Sidewalk Weekend Passes, and VIP Passes

Opening Night Theatre District Throwdown
Friday, Aug. 26, 5-7:30 p.m.
3rd Avenue North between 18th and 19th Streets

Opening Night After Party
Friday, Aug. 26, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
3rd Avenue North between 18th and 19th Streets
Included with Opening Night Passes, Sidewalk Weekend Passes, and VIP Passes

Saturday Night After Party
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Birmingham Parking Authority Deck No. 7
(5th Avenue North and 18th Street)
Included with Saturday Night Party Passes and VIP Passes

Sidewalk and Shout Awards Show
Sunday, Aug. 28, 9-10:30 p.m.
Lyric Theatre

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