Shorts: maximum 45 minutes
Projects completed after 01-Jan-2013
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world
Projects must be a premiere in Birmingham
Projects may have distribution
SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
| Secure Online Screener|
SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
| .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)|
| .MOV (Quicktime)|
A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.
Best Documentary Short
Jury award for Best Documentary Short
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
Audience Choice Award
Audience Choice Award for Short Film
Cash Award Value: 150 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.
Eligible works must have been completed after January 1, 2013.
Exhibiting films publicly in the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area prior to the 2015 festival dates WILL prevent your film from competing in the 2015 Sidewalk Film Festival and MAY prevent the film from being accepted to the Festival. This includes projects available on the web.
Work accepted to screen at the Festival will be categorized in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of Sidewalk Film Festival Programmers. Decisions regarding a films competitive status at the Sidewalk Film Festival is up to the sole discretion of the Sidewalk programming staff. While all films that meet eligibility requirements will screen in competition for the Audience Choice and/or the Programmers Award, not all films will screen in the jury competition, meaning the Sidewalk 2015 Jury will not view and consider all accepted films.
If your submission will be available through a video on demand (VOD) or pay-per-view (PPV) service of any kind on or before August 30, 2015, please indicate such when entering. The availability of your film prior to August 30, 2015, through such a service will make the film ineligible for competition and may, or may not, prevent the film from being programmed. Availability through such a service will be considered during the programming process and may impact programming decisions. However, decisions regarding programming films that have been screened elsewhere and/or are available through a video on demand service, pay-per-view service and/or any other service, venue, channel, theater or otherwise are solely up to the Sidewalk Film Festival staff.
Sidewalk Alumni includes an Above The Line filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Actor in a starring role) who has screened their film at the Sidewalk Film Festival in a previous year (1999-2013).
Alabama Productions include films that have been fully or partially filmed in Alabama and/or fully or partially produced in the state of Alabama. Partial Alabama productions must include at least 1 scene filmed in Alabama and/or at least 20% of the total budget spent in the state of Alabama. Alternatively a film that has the participation of at least 1 above the line filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Actor in a starring role) that currently lives in the State of Alabama and/or is an Alabama native can be considered and Alabama film.
If you are entering your project via digital upload through the withoutabox.com upload system and would like to also include a higher quality, password protected online link (such as a Vimeo link) please include the link and password in the Cover Letter section of the withoutabox entry. Please be sure that the link is password protected, and please make sure that the link is active and stays active throughout the consideration process. Please note that cover letters can not be updated once submitted.