Due to health and safety protocols we are not sure if we will be offering XR programs at the 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival, but we hope to make an announcement no later than July 1, 2021. 

Introduced in 2017, Sidewalk Extended Realities (XR) offers an exciting lineup of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences to bring Birmingham audiences the newest innovations in immersive digital storytelling. Located inside the Lyric Theatre, Sidewalk XR showcases the latest technology, including the Microsoft HoloLens, Samsung Gear VR, and the Oculus Go. As filmmakers push boundaries with new methods of narrative and experiential programs, Sidewalk is thrilled to continue this push forward into the future of storytelling.

2019 XR Lineup

First Contact
Developer: Oculus
Runtime: 10-15 minutes
Interactive • adventure/sci-fi • Ages 13+

Drawing inspiration from the 80s, you and your robot guide explore a box full of virtual toys.

Trover Saves the Universe
Developer: Squanch Games
Director: Justin Roiland
Runtime: 30+ minutes
Interactive • action/comedy • Ages 18+

Your pups are missing and the cosmos is at stake. Only you and Trover can save the universe.

Developer: Google Spotlight Stories
Director: Patrick Osborne
Runtime: 6 minutes
360 experience • narrative • All ages

Pearl is a story about gifts we hand down and their power to carry love.

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel
Developer: BBC Media Applications Technologies Ltd
Director: Oscar Raby
Runtime: 13 minutes
360 experience • documentary/narrative • All ages

2018 XR Lineup

Dunkirk: Save Every Breath (Samsung Gear)

The pulse-pounding 360-degree short film immerses the viewer in the world of Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller.

Authentically Us: Voices From the Transgender Community (Samsung Gear)

Step into the lives of three transgender people in the American northwest who are living authentically and taking action to make communities safer and more prosperous for all.

Race to Alaska (Samsung Gear)

Roellen and Rohan Gillmore embark on an epic journey from their humble home in Australia to compete in one of the most challenging and dangerous sailing races in the world.

Rise Above (Samsung Gear)

A story about a teenage girl’s journey of empowerment as she confronts and overcomes her trauma after experiencing sexual violence.

Submerged (Samsung Gear)

During monsoons, the rivers flowing through Bihar submerge over 60% of the state under water. In July 2016, panicking villagers cut away a portion of a mud dam, leading to a torrential burst of water that inundates hundreds of villages downstream.

Dear Angelica (Oculus Rift)

A teenage girl looks back on the stories her mom told her as a child. As she recreates these vivid landscapes in her mind, you’re pulled into the magical, dreamlike worlds of her memories.

Doctor X: Pale Dawn (HTC Vive or Samsung Gear)

One of the world’s top geneticists is attacked by his own test subjects, but he must venture into the Labyrinth to discover who his true enemy is.

Waltz of the Wizard (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)

Unleash creative or destructive wizardry upon a fully interactive virtual world.

Colosse (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)

The story of the long lost Great Spirits known as the COLOSSE, exploring themes of fear, power and respect.

La Camila (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)

This interactive virtual reality experience transports the viewer to a fantasy world where they must help Camila and her father create clouds from sheep wool to nurture the land below.

Manifest 99 (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)

This interactive virtual reality experience transports the viewer to a fantasy world where they must help Camila and her father create clouds from sheep wool to nurture the land below.

Tilt Brush (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift)

Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

2017 XR Lineup


You are the detective. In this first-person crime thriller, use cutting-edge tools and your compatibility with a device that can explore others’ memories to crack the case. Uncover clues, sometimes hidden behind your furniture, in crime scenes that blend into your world using the Microsoft HoloLens.


What’s it like to spend 23 hours a day in a cell measuring 6×9 feet for days, weeks, months, or even years? 6X9 is a unique virtual reality experience which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensure from isolation.

Notes On Blindness

This interactive VR experience is based on the sensory and psychological experience of blindness. Each scene addresses a memory, a moment, and a specific location, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a “world beyond sight.”

August 22-28, 2022

Sidewalk Film Festival

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