Pocket Film Festival

Newly appointed Flatpack FEDS Trainee Rico Johnson-Sinclair gives us the lowdown on Staffordshire’s very own Pocket Film Festival as part of Flatpack: Assemble.

Stafford is a town full of picturesque sights and attractions ranging from historic architecture to galleries and museums but this spring there’ll be an added attraction for the natives and tourists of Stafford.

In a collaboration with Staffordshire County Council, Flatpack: Assemble will descend on the town and mix it up a little adding Pocket Film Festival to the cultural landscape.

Pocket Film Festival will run from 13 – 18 March. Watch familiar spaces come alive with features, short films and archive footage, transforming quirky local venues, such as a micro-brewery, historic courtroom and the beautiful St Mary’s church, into a haven for Stafford film-lovers.

Media Archive for Central England (MACE) takes us back in time with archive footage from the 50s and 60s; we’re Singin’ in the Rain at the old Picturehouse; there’s a chance to see what all the fuss is about with Oscar winning La La Land at Stafford Film Theatre as well as a special screening of silent classic The Wind with a live piano accompaniment.

And if you catch the film screening bug, let the Flatpack team give you the run down on everything you need to know about setting up your own film night on Wednesday 15 March at Number 7.

The full programme is available from: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/pocketfilm

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"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