3 things to know before going to Sidewalk Film Festival this weekend. Use BHAMNOW15 for 15% off tix

Grab your popcorn! The Sidewalk Film Festival is here. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This year’s Sidewalk Film Festival looks a bit different. To allow for social distancing, the festival is being held at the Grand River Drive-In in Leeds. I went earlier this week and learned a few things I might do differently when I head back this weekend. Here are 3 things to know before heading to the festival tonight or tomorrow.

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

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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:

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Photos: Help Birmingham’s new Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema open by the end of July—Here’s how.

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Sidewalk volunteers doing their thing, always with a smile. Photo via Sidewalk Film Fest

Bham Now loves Sidewalk Film Festival. We know you do too.  But they need a new home. Let’s help Sidewalk reach their funding goal for the brand new Sidewalk Cinema by the end of July so you can enjoy Birmingham’s only independent film center in the heart of Birmingham’s Theatre District ASAP. Keep reading to see photos of their progress so far and to find out how you can get involved.

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15 Things to do in Birmingham in August, including Sidewalk Film Festival, Magic City Brewfest, Secret Stages and more

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Def Leppard is headed to Birmingham’s Legacy Arena (BJCC) on August 20 with Journey. Photo via Def Leppard

That’s right y’all … it’s August already. We are officially 2/3 of the way through the calendar year, people! The good news? August is the time to be a Bham resident. With everything from Restaurant Week to Magic City Brewfest to Def Leppard, we’ve got you covered on all things fun in Birmingham in August.

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XLNB comes back to Birmingham with Olde E and On Time

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Remember Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop?  Go on, read it again, I’ll wait – but the author, Xavier Burgin, has bigger plans.  No, not a TatGFF movie (though it’s definitely a thing, more on that later).  XLNB makes movies for a living, and two of his works will feature at Sidewalk Film Festival this year.

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Sidewalk Film Fest co-founder Alan Hunter celebrates (almost) 19 years of Birmingham film

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Nearly 19 years ago, Alan Hunter co-founded Sidewalk Film Fest.  It’s fitting: all his life has been dedicated to entertainment, from his time as one of MTV’s original video jockeys to his work in Sidewalk to his current job at Sirius XM’s 80’s on 8 channel.  We asked Alan to look back on his time coordinating the festival over the years, and to look forward to this year’s festival.  Take a trip with us! Continue reading “Sidewalk Film Fest co-founder Alan Hunter celebrates (almost) 19 years of Birmingham film”

Sidewalk Film Fest prepares an exclusive virtual and augmented reality experience

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Tested tries out the Samsung Gear VR, one of the devices available to test at Sidewalk Film Fest this year

Sidewalk Film Festival will highlight a new way to experience film this year!  Virtual and Augmented Reality can bring movies to life in entirely new ways.  Sidewalk will offer VR and AR content both days this year.  The catch?  You have to sign up in advance! Continue reading “Sidewalk Film Fest prepares an exclusive virtual and augmented reality experience”