Top 3 Birmingham Film Festivals

3 Birmingham Film Festivals You Can’t Skip.

Birmingham film lovers, keep reading. Here are 3 Birmingham film festivals you can’t skip. When it comes to the Birmingham video production community, festivals are essential, so here are our top picks:

1. Sidewalk Film Festival

Birmingham Film Festivals - Sidewalk Film Festival


Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

1821 2nd Ave N

Birmingham, AL 35203


(205) 324-0888

This film festival has been around for over 20 years and takes place in the heart of the city. The end of summer won’t mean the end of fun. Top it off by taking in films, snacks, vendors, parties, and discussions at this event. With USA Today naming this festival as “One of the Top 10 Places for a Fabulous Film Festival,” this is one film event you shouldn’t pass up! Inclusion and diversity are hallmarks of this festival, evidenced by their Black Lens filmmaker event and LGBTQ filmmaker event—just to name two. Given such a big event, they are always looking for volunteers, so this could be another good way to combine humanitarianism and film. You can volunteer to help with the ballots, the box office, panels, post-production, parties, and so much more.

2. Films Ablaze

Birmingham Film Festivals - Films Ablaze


University of Alabama Birmingham – University Hall

10th Ave S

Birmingham, AL 35294


(205) 934-4011

[email protected]

If you’re a fan of short films and micro fests, this one is tailor-made to fit you. The Honors College Film Seminar presents a mini screening event at the University Hall Theatre. Admission is free to the general public and students. The films will be shorts on a variety of themes, all created by University of Alabama students.

3. University of Alabama Foreign Languages and Literatures International Film Festival

Birmingham Film Festivals - University of Alabama Foreign Languages and Literatures International Film Festival


Hill Student Center, Alumni Theater

1400 University Blvd

Birmingham, AL 35233


[email protected]

(205) 934-4652

This event is scheduled at the Hill Student Center in Birmingham, bringing an assortment of films highlighting an array of international cultures. Some of the films presented include Young Goethe in Love (Germany), Of Gods and Men (Algeria), The Postman (Italy, Chile), and more. While this event is open to the public, it does target enrolled students. Students will get applicable course credit where appropriate. Breaks, pizza, and snacks will be provided.

When it comes to city film festivals, look no further than Birmingham. Whether it’s a one-film date, or a whole week excursion, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll find films to your liking in this culturally informed southern city.

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