The ultimate venue guide to Birmingham’s 21st Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Use ticket discount code BHAMNOW15!

Photo by @sidewalkfilm on Instagram

Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is back August 19-25 for its 21st annual festival. Here’s your guide to venues and films playing all weekend long. Tickets available now!

Sidewalk Film Festival showcases the work of more than 250 filmmakers and welcomes over 15,000 film lovers to Birmingham annually. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk

Here’s an overview of where and what will be live on the big screen throughout the event:


Venues

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema: 1821 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Alabama Film Spotlight Night: Alabama Shorts Spotlight (Monday)
  • Life & Liberty Spotlight Night: special preview screening of The Peanut Butter Falcon (Tuesday)
  • Shout LGBTQ Spotlight Night: special preview screening of Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (Wednesday)
  • Black Lens Spotlight Night: The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion (Thursday)
  • We Talk with Ondi Timoner (Friday)

Kress Building: 301 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Sidewalk Kick-Off reception at Kress Building. Photo by @sidewalkfilm on Instagram
  • Filmmaker + Sponsor Kick-Off Reception (Thursday)

3rd Ave N. (Block)

  • Opening Night After Party (Friday)

Roots & Revelry: 1623 2nd Ave N suite b, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Opening Night Pre-Party (Friday)

Alabama Theatre: 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Alabama Theatre. Photo by @sidewalkfilm on Instagram
  • Opening Night: I Want My MTV (Friday)
  • Mike Wallace is Here (Saturday)
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Saturday)
  • The Birth of Cinema and the Art of Silent Film (Saturday)
  • The Nightingale (Saturday)
  • The Death of Dick Long (Saturday)
  • The Green Frog (Saturday)
  • Scheme Birds (Sunday)
  • Safe Spaces (Sunday)
  • Knives and Skin (Sunday)
  • The Cat and the Moon (Sunday)
  • Midsommar: Director’s Cut (Sunday)

ASFA Black Box Theatre: 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles/The Well-Places Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey (Saturday)
  • Range Runners (Saturday)
  • Alabama Foodies (Saturday)
  • Shakedown (Saturday)
  • Shorts: After Dark Ch. 1 (Saturday)
  • Sunday Music Videos (Sunday)
  • Pizza, A Love Story (Sunday)
  • Light From Light (Sunday)
  • Environmental Documentaries (Sunday)

ASFA Dorothy Jamison Day Theatre: 800 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

DJD Theatre. Photo by Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre at ASFA on Facebook
  • Shorts: Alabama Drama (Saturday)
  • American Identity: National Documentary Shorts (Saturday)
  • Iron Grit (Saturday)
  • Monos (Saturday)
  • Shorts: After Dark Ch. 3 (Saturday)

ASFA Lecture Hall: 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Alabama Documentary Shorts: Politics (Saturday)
  • Shorts: Borders (Saturday)
  • Shorts: Teen Documentaries (Saturday)
  • Comedy Shorts (Saturday)
  • Saturday Music Videos (Saturday)
  • Life & Liberty Documentary Series (Sunday)
  • Animated Shorts (Sunday)
  • Shorts: Growing Up (Sunday)
  • Sea of Abundance (Sunday)

ASFA Recital Hall: 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Shorts: Start Here (Saturday)
  • Documentary Shorts: We’re Complex (Saturday)
  • Alabama Documentary Shorts: Profiles (Saturday)
  • Circus of Books (Saturday)
  • Shorts: Sidewalk Samplers (Saturday)
  • Shorts: After Dark Ch. 2 (Saturday)
  • SHOUT Shorts 1 (Sunday)
  • Shorts: Notes on Grief (Sunday)
  • Episodic (Sunday)
  • Black Lens Shorts (Sunday)
  • Kifaru (Sunday)

Birmingham Museum of Art: 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203

Photo by Birmingham Museum of Art on Facebook
  • Clementine (Saturday)
  • Wind and Water Balloons (Saturday)
  • Vita & Virginia (Saturday)
  • The Popcast: How to Take Your Podcast to the Next Level (Saturday)
  • Flawless (Saturday)
  • The Ghost Who Talks (Saturday)
  • Sister Aimee (Sunday)
  • Recorder: The Marian Stokes Project (Sunday)
  • The Cat Rescuers (Sunday)
  • Mapplethorpe: Director’s Cut (Sunday)

First Church of Birmingham: 518 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • We Believe in Dinosaurs (Saturday)
  • Markie in Milwaukee (Saturday)
  • Feral (Saturday)
  • 17 Blocks (Saturday)
  • Gay Chorus Deep South (Sunday)
  • Always in Season (Sunday)
  • Pahokee (Sunday)

Lyric Theatre: 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Lyric Theatre. Photo by @sec on Instagram
  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (Saturday)
  • Greener Grass (Saturday)
  • American Dharma (Saturday)
  • ArcStories: Projections: A Live Storytelling Event (Saturday)
  • In Fabric (Saturday)
  • Amazing Grace (Sunday)
  • Mystify: Michael Hutchence (Sunday)
  • NPR’s White Lies (Sunday)
  • You Don’t Nomi (Sunday)
  • Awards Show (Sunday)

McWane Center Rushton Theatre: 200 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

  • Saturday Kids Shorts (Saturday)
  • Wonders of the World (Saturday)
  • Ocean Quest (Saturday)
  • Shorts: By Kids For Kids (Saturday)
  • Shedding (Saturday)
  • Kids Shorts: Little Ones (Sunday)
  • Sunday Kids Shorts (Sunday)
  • Shorts: Teen Narratives (Sunday)
  • the Karate Kid (Sunday)

RMTC Cabaret Theatre: 301 19th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203

RMTC Cabaret Theatre. Photo by Red Mountain Theatre Company on Facebook
  • 7th Annual Saturday Morning Cartoons (Saturday)
  • 80s Music Videos (Saturday)
  • Sidetalks Live (Saturday)
  • The Grizzlies (Saturday)
  • Premature (Saturday)
  • This One’s For the Ladies (Saturday)
  • Strange Negotiations (Sunday)
  • Cold Case Hammarskj√∂ld (Sunday)
  • Frances Ferguson (Sunday)
  • Foosballers (Sunday)
  • Queen of Lapa (Sunday)

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark: 20 32nd Street N, Birmingham, AL 35233

  • Sidewalk Saturday Southern AF/Saturday Night After Party (Saturday)

We know we’ll be there. Will you? Follow us on Instagram @bhamnow and follow @sidewalkfilm to stay updated!