Sidewalk is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging filmmaking in Alabama and building audiences for independent film. The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema produces the nationally recognized Sidewalk Film Festival, the SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival; hosts a Youth Board; organizes regular filmmaking competitions and monthly events for filmmakers, and holds other events that create interest in and enthusiasm for independent film. The 22nd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival will take place August 24-30, 2020 in the heart of Birmingham’s Historic Theatre District.
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 enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.
Building on this legacy, we’ve recently opened our own two screen independent movie theatre, the Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema.