COMING SOON: Sidewalk Film announces full annual festival lineup

Sidewalk Film Festival 2022
Which films will you see during this year’s Sidewalk Film Festival?(Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

The full schedule for the 25th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival has been announced.

Recently named by Moviemaker magazine one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” the week-long extravaganza begins Monday, August 21 and closes on Sunday, August 27th. 

“We are really excited to celebrate 25 years of Sidewalk with our local community and our international community of filmmakers this August,” said Chloe Cook, Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema Executive Director. “This year’s lineup is stellar and includes a little something for every audience, including a great look back at some of our favorite films from prior year Festivals.”

The full schedule was posted on Sidewalk’s website last Friday.

Notable Showings

For more than two decades, Sidewalk Film Festival has highlighted indie films and indie filmmakers from across the globe – right in the heart of Birmingham’s historic theatre district. 

Some of the most notable showings over the week include:

  • Opening Night film, “Art for Everybody,” directed by Miranda Yousef, uncovers the real Thomas Kinkade through his daughters’ discovery of his unknown paintings. 
  • Opening Night After Dark, “Hello Dankness,” directed by Soda Jerk, is comprised entirely of film samples, and follows a neighborhood undergoing political changes from 2016 to 2021.
  • Closing Night film, “It’s Only Life After All,” directed by Alexandria Bombach, provides an intimate look into the lives of one of the most iconic folk-rock bands in America – the Indigo Girls


The Lyric and Alabama Theatre’s in downtown Birmingham. (Jon Eastwood/ Bham Now)

A series of “Birmingham Original” films will be shown throughout the week in the downtown area. 

Theater locations include:

  • Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema
  • Alabama Theatre
  • Lyric Theatre
  • BJCC Theater BJCC Forum Theater
  • First Church Birmingham
  • Alabama School of Fine Arts Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre
  • Black Box Theatre and Lecture Hall
  • Kress Building Ballroom
  • Steiner Auditorium at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Reserve your seats early by visiting the Sidewalk Film Festival page today.

Have you attended the Sidewalk Film Festival over the past 25 years? Tell us your favorite moment by tagging us on social media at @bhamnow

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

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