Sidewalk Film Festival announces the lineup for their 23rd Annual Festival this August 23-29

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The 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is almost here. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The 23rd annual Sidewalk Film Festivalis almost here, and the festival just announced its opening & closing night showings. Keep reading for all the details!

The festival is almost here

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The 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is almost here! Photo via Sidewalk Film’s website

Sidewalk Film Festival is a celebration of cinema, showcasing movies from filmmakers in Birmingham and beyond. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand River Drive-In hosted the 2020 festival—now, the Film Festival is returning to its roots in downtown Birmingham.

This festival creates a unique, interactive experience for their viewers. Therefore, this year’s event may rise to the top with additional events like special roundtables and panels built around beloved, timely classics.

Here is this year’s line up

One of the most unique things about Sidewalk is hearing from filmmakers directly. Photo via Sidewalk's Facebook
One of the unique things about Sidewalk Film Festival is hearing from filmmakers directly. Photo via Sidewalk Film’s Facebook

As tradition, Sidewalk Film Festival will host nightly themed spotlights leading up to the big weekend for the Sidewalk Film fans.

The weekend’s line-up includes:

  • Jeff Daniels’ Television Event (opening night screening)
  • Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe’s The Beta Test (closing night screening)
  • Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion
  • John Heyn and Jeff Krulik’s Heavy Metal Parking Lot
  • Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise
  • Chris Columbus’ Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Mike Plante and Jaosn Willis’ We Were There to Be There
  • John Heyn and Jeff Krulik’s Blondie: Vivir En La Habana

In addition, according to Rachel Morgan, the Creative Director for Sidewalk Film Festival, there are a lot of surprises planned for the long weekend!

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What is your favorite film? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The presentations will range from classic films, as well as, short films, documentaries and even a program of films with Alabama as the central theme and focus—they were even produced in the state.

Festival passes are now available for purchase.

Check out their full schedule online.

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