The annual Sidewalk Film Festival is returning to Birmingham, Ala., for its 21st installment and set to premiere over 200 films and special events over a six-day period this summer!

Thanks in part to its title sponsor, Regions Bank, the Sidewalk Film Festival was founded in 1999 as a means for filmmakers and film fans to come together. The fest strives in providing a variety of film to its audience, highlighting social issues, embracing diversity and encouraging both student filmmakers, black filmmakers and LGBTQ+ filmmakers, alike, to submit projects.

SWFF has accumulated many laurels over its 21 years, including being recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the ‘Top 25 Festivals in the World’, a ‘Top 10 Festival For the Rest of Us’ by TIME Magazine and, most recently, was a 2018 finalist for ‘Best Festival’ in the Best of Birmingham Awards by About Town Magazine.

While much information is still coming down the pipeline as the festival draws closer, the week’s special events are already in place. Things begin with a Filmmaker Welcome Reception on Thursday, there will be plenty of daily afterparties and the festival will culminate with an Awards Show on Sunday.

The festival will begin on Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25. It will take place in various classic locations around the city, including legendary spots like the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre. More locations can be found HERE.

As the event draws closer, look for the schedule to be updated to reflect the films coming to the event, including trailers for each film as well, and definitely try to attend the special events over the course of the week. Tickets for the festival will go on sale on May 1, HERE.

If you are interested in submitting your film for the festival, you can find more information into doing so HERE.


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Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder, and marathoner.


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