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Check it out – street side cinema was named to MovieMaker magazine’s 15 Film Festivals You Can Enter for Free, Presented by Film Freeway! click here

And it’s back and better than ever. After a year-and-a-half-long hiatus, streetside cinema is making its return to the big screen with more films, directors, and submissions than ever before. Season four will run from August 2021 to July 2022.

streetside cinema is an outdoor, year-long, film festival that seeks to further immerse our community in the magic of cinema by providing free access to a curated festival of short films from around the world.

submissions for season 5 have now closed!

click below to see submission requirements and submit at no cost on Film Freeway

why streetside?

 This season’s theme, why streetside?, celebrates curiosity and applauds those who choose creative courage over comfort. Our judges selected films from filmmakers who are unafraid to ask big questions and who confront topical issues with originality, open-mindedness, and introspection.


 fifteen reels. twenty-five countries. seventy films.

Season four boasts an impressive collection of films that are both visually varied and geographically diverse. Featuring animated shorts, narrative films, and documentaries from across the state, over the country, and around the world, why streetside? has something for everyone.

three hundred and two minutes of extraordinary.

You’re watching the best of the best. Out of a record 2,565 submissions, only the top three percent of films were selected for screening. Entries were submitted through FilmFreeway and will reopen in April 2022 for the 2022-2023 season.


come watch with us!

Visit a/perture cinema on 4th street and look for the street-facing TV mounted directly to the right of the main entrance. Pull up a stool, grab a mini-popcorn from the concession counter, and watch some free films! Each reel of short films will run on loop throughout the day and will screen for approximately two to three weeks. Click here to learn more about the films that are playing now!

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