The Long and Winding Road

This morning we found out that Flatpack is joining the Arts Council’s National Portfolio. For many of our readers this will mean precisely bugger-all, but if you’re a fan of the festival it’s very good news. It means we’ll be able to plan for the long term, expand the work we do with artists and young people, and continue to steer the good ship Flatpack into new and uncharted territory for many more years.

It’s a nice opportunity to look back on the zig-zag route we’ve taken since starting a regular Tuesday night gathering at the Rainbow in Digbeth 14 years ago. Plenty has changed since then, although in many ways the core of what we do is not so very different. Right from the beginning other people have picked up our little idea and run with it, bringing all kinds of unexpected delights to the party. A massive thank you to all the artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, performers, techies, venues, partners, supporters and so on who have helped us to get this far, and to the audience for making it all worth doing. Onwards!


"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