2016 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival

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The 2016 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, held on August 26-28, 2016 was the 18th in the annual series. In all, about 250 films were screened during the festival, including full-length narrative and documentary features and numerous short films. Seven venues were used for the festival, including, for the first time, the newly-restored Lyric Theatre.

The opening night feature, In a Valley of Violence, was screened at the Alabama Theatre. Award-winners included Gip, a documentary about Bessemer grave digger and juke-joint owner Gip Gipson, and First Lady of the Revolution, a documentary about Henrietta Boggs, who was a student at Birmingham-Southern College when she married José Figueres Ferrer, then head of Costa Rica's Social Democratic Party and president of the country in 1948-1949.


  • Jury awards:
    • Jambor-Franklin Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature ($1000): Donald Cried
    • Kathryn Tucker Windham Storyteller Award ($1000): Pickle
    • Best Documentary Feature ($1000): Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows (Honorable mention to Jackson)
    • Best Narrative Short ($500): A Film by Vera Vaughn
    • Honorable Mention: First Lady of the Revolution
    • Honorable Mention for Narrative Filmmaking: Red Folder
    • Honorable Mention for Comedy: Nigel & Oscar vs. Sasquatch
    • Honorable Mention for Imagination: Monty and the Runaway Furnace
    • Best Documentary Short ($500): Frame 394
    • Best Family/Kids Film: Kedi
    • Special Jury Award Short: The Champion and A House Without Snakes
    • Sidewalk Programmers Award ($500): The Master Cleanse (Honorable mention to Cheerleader)
    • Alan Hunter Best Alabama Film ($500): Gip
    • Best Student Film ($500): The Mink Catcher
    • Clint Howard Character Actor Award: Celia Rowlson-Hall, for Ma
    • Seed & Spark Award for Best Crowdfunded Short ($250):
    • Best SHOUT Narrative Feature ($500): Teenage Cocktail
    • Best SHOUT Documentary Feature ($500): Kiki
    • Best SHOUT Short ($500): Sign
    • SHOUT Programmers Award ($250): Slash (Honorable mention to Ma)
    • SHOUT Special Mention: Clare Cooney in Bird of Prey
    • SHOUT Special Mention (Best Alabama LGBTQ Film): [Ending the Silence]]
  • Audience awards
    • Best Narrative Feature ($250): Service to Man
    • Best Documentary Feature ($250): Gip
    • Best Alabama Film ($250): First Lady of the Revolution
    • Best Narrative Short ($150): Madame Black
    • Best Documentary Short ($150) Pickle
    • Best SHOUT Narrative Feature ($250): Miles
    • Best SHOUT Documentary Feature ($250): Suited
    • Best SHOUT Short ($250): The Escape Hatch


  • Carlton, Bob (August 28, 2016) "Sidewalk Film Festival announces 2016 winners; here's the list." The Birmingham News

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