2020 Sidewalk Film Festival

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The 2020 Sidewalk Film Festival, held on August 24-30, 2020 was the 22nd in the annual series. Due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, the festival eliminated large social events and reduced the total number of screenings, which were held at the Grand River Drive-In rather than in downtown Birmingham.


Jury awards

  • Best Student Film: "Slave 2"
  • Student Film Honorable Mention for Creativity in Editing: "Lunar Powers"
  • Best Family Film: "Tobi and the Turbobus"
  • Family Film Honorable Mention: "The Treasures of Mrs Grady's Library"
  • Best Black Lens Film: "Adullam"
  • Honorable Mention for Black Lens as a Must-See Film: "After Selma"
  • Black Lens Filmmaker Grant Recipient: Elisha Williams
  • Alan Hunter Best Alabama Feature: "Jasper Mall"
  • Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance and for Strength in Short-Form Storytelling: Virginia Newcomb, "Doodle"
  • Best SHOUT Feature: "Transhood"
  • Best SHOUT Short: "Vote Neil"
  • Special SHOUT Jury Mention: "We"
  • Best Documentary Feature: "Feels Good Man"
  • Special Jury Prize for Editing: "Coming Clean"
  • Jambor-Franklin Founders' Award for Best Narrative Feature: "The Immortal Jellyfish"
  • Honorable Mention for Outstanding Performance: Krisha Fairchild, "Freeland"
  • Feature Programmers' Award: "Giants Being Lonely"
  • Best Life & Liberty Film: "Coming Clean"
  • Spirit of Sidewalk Award: Suzi Quatro
  • Best Narrative Short: "Public Lot"
  • Best Documentary Short: "Conviction"
  • Best Animated Short: "If Anything Happens I Love You"
  • Reel South SHORT Award: "Coup d’Etat Math"
  • Kathryn Tucker Windham Storytelling Award: "Tantalization"
  • Shorts Programmers' Award: "Good Guy With A Gun"
  • Shorts Honorable Mention: "Dafa Metti"
  • Shorts Honorable Mention: "Mizuko"

Audience awards

  • Best Narrative Feature: "The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain"
  • Best Documentary Feature: "Transhood"
  • Best Narrative Short: "Lunar Powers"
  • Best Documentary Short: "Invasion: the Unist'ot'en's fight for Sovereignty"
  • Best Alabama Film: "Jasper Mall"
  • Best Black Lens Film: "After Selma"
  • Best SHOUT Film: "A Short Story About the Life of Elise"

Sidewrite script awards

  • Best Alabama Screenplay: "The Sympathetic Martian" by Scott Turner and Jim Torres
  • Best Short Screenplay: "Lab Partners" by Tommy Britt
  • Best Feature Screenplay: "Riding Shotgun" by Nafi Ayvaci


  • Yeager, Andrew (August 11, 2020) "This Year’s Sidewalk Film Festival Becomes A Drive-In." WBHM.org
  • Colurso, Mary (August 30, 2020) "Sidewalk Film Festival 2020: A look at the drive-in event in Alabama." The Birmingham News

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