streetside cinema/ is a daily outdoor film screening program at a/perture cinema in Winston- Salem, NC. a/perture cinema is a four screen non-profit art house cinema. We are open every day of the year and screen over 200 films each year. streetside cinema/ is our attempt to reach a broader audience and to make cinema accessible. streetside cinema/ will screen daily on the sidewalk outside of our cinema and is free to the public.

In 2022, streetside cinema was named to MovieMaker magazine’s 15 Film Festivals You Can Enter for Free!

streetside cinema/ is only looking for short films of any genre - but they must be appropriate for all audiences in a public setting.

streetside cinema/ is our attempt to make film a part of the "public art" world.

There are no prizes - just the gratification of participating in a public art experiment.

streetside cinema/ will accept submissions on an ongoing basis during the submission window.

All submissions must be in the short form and (narrative, documentary, experimental, animated, music video, other) MUST BE 6 MINUTES OR LESS! Our team will not review any film that is over 6 minutes.

All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2022.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered (unless they are silent films).

All clearances must be obtained for exhibition.

Online submissions only.

Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application.

You may submit more than one film, but please do not submit the same film twice.

Unfortunately, streetside cinema/ is unable to provide comments about specific films not accepted due to time and resource constraints.

Selected filmmakers may expect the following:

Filmmakers whose films are accepted for competition will be notified by email. For entries selected an exhibition file of the film in MP4 or MOV (H.264) is required.

a/perture cinema promotes the schedule of streetside cinema/ screenings via email, social media and on-screen. We encourage filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public.

The management of the a/perture cinema reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

Overall Rating
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    Great festival. I am so very honored to be included.

    September 2023
  • ibrahim tarkan doğan

    Thank you very much for this wonderful experience and for the selection of my film in the official selection.

    September 2023
  • Marcos Altuve

    Thank you for selecting our short film "HAPPY birthday"

    January 2022
  • Nikolina Santovac

    Streetside Cinema has very interesting concept and organizers are amazing. Thanks for selection :)

    November 2021
  • Thank you for selection. See you soon...

    November 2021