1) Holorama

The greatest joy of working for Flatpack is being able to bring this kind of treasure trove to Birmingham. Digital artist Jeff Desom and model-maker Olivier Pesch spent months working on this crazy project. You’ll have exactly six days to go and check it out at Millennium Point. Olivier will be around, in case you have questions about how to make a miniature bowling ball.


2) Supernatural

I love all the shorts in competition, but I have a soft spot for this batch, featuring works by some of my favourite female animators. The wonderful worlds depicted in these films will leave you filled with amazement and satisfied like after a good bedtime story.


3) Fraud

It is only natural that such an uncategorisable film should find its place in the programme. Not a short and not a feature, Fraud runs at 52 minutes and blurs the lines between genres (documentary? found footage? hoax?) to deliver a clever satire of consumer’s society. A surprisingly gripping tour de force.


4) NUMéROBé + Loup Blaster

Live performances are often the highlight of the festival, and what makes it so special. Having missed them all last year, I’m decided to make up for it this time, with this colourful electronic duo playing at the BMI on Friday night.


5) My Life as a Courgette

Delicate, touching, tragic and funny all at once, this stop motion animated feature is the last film to have made me shed a tear. Well worth waking up on Sunday morning, to purify your soul after a night of hard-partying with Club Fierce.




"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