Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 15th, 2011
SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURE FESTIVAL
Birmingham, Alabama – USA
In the Spotlight this week is the 13th Annual SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURE FESTIVAL. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, to enjoy the thriving arts scene and screen their work at Sidewalk. Once there, they’ve been thrilled to discover inquisitive, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.
With eight venues within easy walking distance located in Birmingham’s historic Theatre District (featuring the newly restored Alabama Theatre, a 2,200-seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927), Sidewalk audiences are known to be adventurous and spontaneous when it comes to their festival screening schedules. Low-priced weekend passes provide easy access to Sidewalk venues, encouraging attendees to seek out new films and sample programming they may not otherwise see. The result is a diverse audience united in a shared hunger for new film.
From the Filmmakers’ Reception and the Filmmakers’ Retreat to a myriad of field trips, parties, and galas, Sidewalk connects filmmakers. The atmosphere is electric with creativity and collaboration as filmmakers and film-lovers mix between screenings, participate in panel discussions, and mingle at not-to-be-missed parties. Filmmaker hospitality is key at Sidewalk, and the staff, volunteers, and audience make sure that visiting film artists take away as much as possible from everything Birmingham has to offer.
February 15, 2011 – Regular Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5 on this deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Sidewalk is a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Sidewalk gives away $5,000 USD in cash prizes in an impressive line-up of juried and audience awards. All guest filmmakers receive complimentary transportation, and VIP access to all of the screenings and the unique whirlwind of festival events – including everything from opening and closing parties, to a filmmaker luncheon, a filmmaker retreat, panel discussions, and numerous additional receptions and special events.
Named a “Top 25 Coolest Film Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine, Sidewalk attracts raves from attendees. Will Cannon, the director of BROTHERHOOD, calls Sidewalk “hands down one of the best festivals out there,” exclaiming “it’s a community that loves film. A staff that runs an amazing festival. And a group of filmmakers committed to supporting each other creatively.” Director Michael Paul Stephenson (BEST WORST MOVIE) concurs, saying: “What sets Sidewalk apart from the gamut of festivals out there? Their immense hospitality towards the filmmaker.”
If you’re looking for an action-packed event that treats filmmakers like family, submit to Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival today!