2017 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival

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The 2017 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, held on August 25-27, 2017 was the 19th in the annual series. In all, more than 250 films were screened during the festival, including full-length narrative and documentary features and numerous short films. Screening venues used during the festival included the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, First United Methodist Church, Lyric Theatre, Alabama Theatre, McWane Science Center, and Red Mountain Theatre Company's cabaret theater.

The concurrent SHOUT LGBTQ film festival screened Whitney: Can I Be Me, a documentary about Whitney Houston on opening night and Beach Rats as its closing feature.

The opening night feature, Step, was screened at the Alabama Theatre. Award-winners with local ties included Alabama Bound, a documentary by Lara Embry and Carolyn Shere about lesbian couples living in Alabama.


  • Jury awards:
    • Jambor-Franklin Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature ($1000): Are We Not Cats
    • Kathryn Tucker Windham Storyteller Award ($1000): Mutt
    • Best Documentary Feature ($1000): The New Radical (Special jury prize to All the Rage)
    • Best Narrative Short ($500): August
    • Best Documentary Short ($500): All the Leaves Are Brown (Special jury mention for Okra Fest)
    • Best Animated Short: Second to None
    • Sidewalk Features Programmers Award ($500): Blame
    • Sidewalk Shorts Programmers Award ($250): Shilo
    • Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film ($500): Gardens of Red Dust (Special jury prize to The Nobodies)
    • Best Student Film ($250): Fry Day (Special jury award for Gardeners of the Forest)
    • Clint Howard Character Actor Award: John Merriman for Mustang Island
    • Best Life & Liberty Film: Most Beautiful Island
    • Family Film Award: Into the Who Knows (Special jury award for Last of the Longnecks)
    • Best Crowdfunded Film ($250): Olde E
    • Spirit of Sidewalk Award: The General and Dan Koch of Splash Adventure
    • Best SHOUT LGBTQ Film ($500): Alabama Bound
  • Audience Choice awards
    • Audience Choice for Best Narrative Feature ($250): Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks
    • Audience Choice for Best Documentary Feature ($250): Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story
    • Audience Choice for Best Alabama Film ($250): Alabama Bound
    • Audience Choice for Best Shout LGBTQ Film ($250): Princess Cyd
    • Audience Choice for Best Narrative Short ($150): Just Go!
    • Audience Choice for Best Documentary Short ($150): A Good Blinder / First to Go: Story of the Katakoa Family (tie)


  • Carlton, Bob (August 28, 2017) "Sidewalk Film Festival announces 2017 winners; here's the list." The Birmingham News

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