Flatpack 8 Competition Winners

 

It was another stellar year for shorts; the standard gets better every Flatpack, and although it was a mighty hard job singling out a selection of the best, here’s what we, you, and our judges deemed the crème de la crème. The films that took home this year’s oversized allen keys are:

FLATPACK SHORT FILM AWARD
Judged by Mari-Liis Rebane (Programme Director, Animated Dreams, Estonia) and Will Anderson (BAFTA-winning animator, The Making of Longbird):
Winner (£1000 AWARD): EMERGENCY CALLS (dir. Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen)“…a chilling film which stayed with me.  Cleverly mixing documentary recording with abstract imagery, the film shows how fragile humankind is.” Will Anderson

Honorable Mention: I THINK THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO HOW THE FOOTAGE LOOKED (dir. Yuval Hameiri & Michal Vaknin)

Eager

FLATPACK WTF AWARD
Judged by Team Flatpack
Winner: EAGER (dir. Allison Schulnik)

 

365

FLATPACK AUDIENCE AWARD
Winner: 365 – ONE YEAR, ONE FILM, ONE SECOND A DAY (dir. The Brothers McLeod)

 

Hop Frog

COLOUR BOX AWARD
Judged by Team Flatpack
Winner: HOP FROG (dir. Leonid Shmelkov)

 

Rabbit and Deer

COLOUR BOX AUDIENCE AWARD
Winner: RABBIT AND DEER (dir. Péter Vácz)

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ENDORSEMENTS

"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member