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

Now in its seventh year, the Black Lens track aims to shine a light on some of the most outstanding feature narrative and documentary films produced by and starring people […]



Launched in 2006, SHOUT showcases features, documentaries, and short films that explore issues and situations involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. SHOUT is Alabama’s first queer film […]



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 in the most appropriate of venues – downtown Birmingham, the center of the 1960s Civil […]


August 21-27, 2023

Sidewalk Film Festival

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