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streetside cinema was named to MovieMaker magazine’s 15 Film Festivals You Can Enter for Free, Presented by Film Freeway! click here

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.


reflect on what we value.

films about morality and rethinking the values we prioritize.

may 19 – june 1, 2023

borers (shiyu tang, china): in such an impetuous and fast-paced society, what will we become when we pick up the mobile phone, take it as our ears, nose, mouth and eyes, and accept the over packaged information?

future:ON (maciej glowinski, poland): an animation about human life. 

my grandma is a vegetarian (jasmine ko, korea): a girl visits a restaurant for her grandmother and realizes what really matters.

le collectionneur de libertés (auriane chapot, france): an improvised animated short film about the deeply personal relationship humans form with the practice of drawing.



This Season’s theme “To Reconnect and Reflect” uplifts the primary themes of filmmakers who show the ideologies of the present. Our judges selected films that highlight important values for us to spend more time with as we grapple with uncertain times. Season Five celebrates filmmakers with a purpose and a message that takes root in what it means to be human.


 twenty one reels. thirty two countries. eighty six films.

streetside cinema 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, season five has something for everyone.

six hours twelve minutes and 53 seconds of excellence.

You’re watching the best of the best. Out of 1,983 submissions, only the top four percent of films were selected for screening. Entries were submitted through FilmFreeway and will reopen in April 2023 for the 2023-2024 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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keep an eye out for submissions to open for season six!

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