MovieMaker magazine recently named Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival among 25 of the coolest film festivals in the world. The world.

Festivals were selected for their excellent cinema, inspiring panels and moviemaker education events. The magazine also noted that “a great festival is, on the one hand, a temporary plunge into a world magically removed from real life. But the very best ones elevate their communities throughout the year.” The article went on to say that Sidewalk “wows with its sheer comprehensiveness—to Birmingham, it’s more than just a festival.”