Flatpack Film Festival | 19-29 March 2015 | Birmingham, UK

Flatpack no.9 is open for business…

Browse the full programme here.

Take your pick from live silents, industry events, Paper Cinema, VHS seance, the films of Roy Andersson, a visit from freeform radio station WFMU, the joy of slime moulds and much much more.

The festival takes over venues across Birmingham every March, and has developed a strong following with its unique atmosphere and mixtape programming. If you’re just dipping your toe in, try out one of our many free events or visit the festival hub in Digbeth. For the hardcore Flatpacker, we are this year offering a limited edition pass to cover the whole festival.

See you in March!

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The Flatpass has landed. After much begging, pleading and arm twisting, we’ve finally given in and introduced a festival pass.


Programme sections


A selection of the best animation as well as workshops and an industry day exploring the ever-growing parameters of animation.

Archive & Re-issue

Films seen in a new light after careful archive restoration work or those rarely seen.

Colour Box

On Saturday 28 March at mac Birmingham, Flatpack’s family programme Colour Box returns with a day for younger viewers and doers. This time round we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Anorak Magazine

Culture Club

Fun with slime moulds - showing the creative possibilities around slime moulds, lichen and bacteria. Presented in partnership with BOM Lab and the Arts & Science Festival.


Creativity under pressure is the thread that unities these fascinating and very different non-fiction films.

Film Bug

Our partnership with Colmore Business District continues for a fourth year. Taking place in venues across the district, expect coffee tasting to oldskool computer-gaming, Camera Obscura creating to early silent fairy tales.

New Features

From Glaswegian mystics to Iranian vampires, a roundup of the most distinctive and brilliant new features hitting our shores over the next few months.

Philip Donnellan

Made over the course of two decades at the BBC in Birmingham, the films of Philip Donnellan are a raw, poetic document of people who were rarely given a voice on television at the time. This is a rare chance to revisit Donnellan’s work, and to hear from some of his contemporaries and collaborators.

Roy Andersson

As his new feature lands in the UK toting a Golden Lion from Venice, we finally have a chance to stand back and appreciate one of the singular achievements in European cinema over the last twenty years; Roy Andersson’s ‘living’ trilogy. This is amongst the first opportunities to view all three films in the same place, alongside a selection of the director’s formative short work.


With seven competitive programmes vowing for five awards this year (Best Short, WTF, Colour Box, and two Audience Awards), here you’ll find la crème de la crème of the short film. There are also various non-competitive shorts programmes scattered throughout the programme.


For a second year we’ve teamed up with Birmingham City University. During the festival, the University’s Parkside campus will be a hub for filmic ingenuity and innovation featuring an industry day, installations, exhibitions and workshops.

Video Palace

BE KIND AND REWIND as the Scalarama collective recreate a vintage video store for four nights only in Vivid Projects, Birmingham complete with cafe, screening rooms and meeting area.

Walks & Talks

A series of events spanning a talk with folk legend Peggy Seeger to a field trip discovering Birmingham's hidden world of lichen plains, mushroom groves and moss forests.