The Sidewalk Film Festival announces the lineup for its 23rd annual festival from August 23 to 29


The 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is just around the corner. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The 23rd annual Sidewalk Film Festivalis almost here, and the festival has just announced its opening and closing nights. Read on for all the details!

The festival is almost here

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The 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is just around the corner! Photo via the Sidewalk Film website

The Sidewalk Film Festival is a celebration of cinema, showcasing films by filmmakers from 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 Birmingham city center.

This festival creates a unique and interactive experience for their viewers. Therefore, this year’s event can reach the top with additional events such as special roundtables and panels built around beloved and current classics.

Here is the program for this year

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

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

The weekend program includes:

  • Jeff Daniels TV Event (Opening Night)
  • The Beta Test by Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe (closing screening)
  • Contagion by Steven Soderbergh
  • John Heyn and Jeff Krulik’s Heavy Metal parking lot
  • Thelma and Louise by Ridley Scott
  • Mrs. Doubtfire by Chris Columbus
  • We were there to be there from Mike Plante and Jaosn Willis
  • Blondie by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik: Vivir En La Habana

Plus, according to Rachel Morgan, Creative Director of the Sidewalk Film Festival, there are plenty of surprises in store for the long weekend!

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

The presentations will include classic films, shorts, documentaries and even a film program with Alabama as the central theme and focus – they have even been produced in the state.

Festival passes are now available for purchase.

Check out their full program online.

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