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Sidewalk Film Festival

International Film Festival in Alabama.

About

The Sidewalk Film Festival, consistently ranked among the coolest film festivals (MovieMaker magazine "Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals", Time magazine, "Top 10 Festivals for the Rest of Us").

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 packed houses, enthusiastic and adventurous crowds and the type of hospitality that only the south can extend.

The atmosphere at Sidewalk is electric with creativity and collaboration as filmmakers and film-lovers mix and mingle between screenings, and participate in panel discussions.It's like summer camp for filmmakers and film lovers- without the sleeping bags.

Sidewalk offers more than $10,000 in CASH AWARDS.

Awards

JURY AWARDS 

  • Jambor-Franklin Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature $1,000 
  • Best Documentary Feature $1,000
  • Best Narrative Short $500
  • Best Documentary Short $500
  • Best Animated Short $250
  • Best Shout Feature Film $250 
  • Best Shout Short Film $150
  • Kathryn Tucker Windham Storytelling Award $1000
  • Best Student Film $250
  • Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film $500

AUDIENCE AWARDS 

  • Best Narrative Feature $250 
  • Best Documentary Feature $250
  • Best Narrative Short $150
  • Best Documentary Short $150
  • Best Shout Film (Feature or Short) $250
  • Best Alabama Film $250

SCREENPLAY AWARDS 

  • Best Feature Screenplay $500
  • Best Short Screenplay $250
  • Best Alabama Screenplay $250

PROGRAMMERS' AWARDS 

  • Feature Programmers' Award $500 
  • Short Programmers' Award $250

Rules

  • Eligible works must have been completed after January 1, 2016. 
  • Projects must be a premiere in Birmingham.
  • Subtitles language: English
  • Submit via Filmfreeway system.

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Webb Robertson - President
  • Kristina Scott - Secretary
  • Donald Howell, CPA - Treasurer

Documents

Place

United States
Birmingham

Official website

sidewalkfest.com

Contacts

Address:

310 18th St. N.
Suite 404
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
United States

Phone: 205-324-0888

Email: 
sidewalk@sidewalkfest.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    November 01, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 01, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    February 01, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    March 15, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    April 16, 2018
  • Notifications
    July 28, 2018
  • Event dates
    20 — 26 August 2018
Categories & Fees

Narrative and Documentary films over 45 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Extended Deadline — $70

Narrative, Documentary and Animation. Films under 44 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Traditional and experimental music videos will be considered. Total run time must be 10 minutes or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $20
  • Extended Deadline — $20

Content equaling 45 minutes or less is accepted for consideration in the Episodic category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

The Teen Filmmaker Category is open to all teenage filmmakers (ages 13–19). Films submitted in this category must be 44 minutes or less in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $20
  • Extended Deadline — $20

This category is for content created or appropriate for children of all ages.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Short film screenplays of 20 pages or fewer. No pilots or episodic content, please.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $30
  • Extended Deadline — $30

Feature film screenplays of 21-120 pages. No pilots or episodic content, please.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $40
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