13–22 April 2018
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13–22 April 2018
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What’s it like to be a Flatpack Marketing Volunteer?
We had a cracking team of marketing volunteers at this year’s festival who had the opportunity to help with promoting the ...
Posted on 27th April 2017
Misty, Frequently Water-Coloured, Memories
Two weeks on and the eleventh Flatpack already seems like a distant dream, and we’re slowly returning to normality here at ...
Posted on 19th April 2017
FLATPACK 11 COMPETITION WINNERS
We’ve wrapped up our eleventh Flatpack Film Festival and had a whale of a time – we hope you did too. Our programme ...
Posted on 10th April 2017
FLATPICKS: AISLING MARKS
1) Everything In between screenings I can’t think of anything better to do than pop into the hub and play Everything, the new PS4 ...
Posted on 6th April 2017
FLATPICKS: LUCILE BOURLIAUD
1) Holorama The greatest joy of working for Flatpack is being able to bring this kind of treasure trove to Birmingham. Digital artist ...
Posted on 4th April 2017
FLATPICKS: AMY SMART
Revelry, melodrama and a decent helping of cereal to complement your morning cartoons. Read on Amy Smart’s Flatpicks to give you ...
Posted on 4th April 2017
FLATPICKS: LAUREN YOUNG
Next up giving her twopence is our Festival Assistant Lauren Young… 1) Radio Dreams Both brilliantly funny and a treat for the ...
Posted on 30th March 2017
Flatpack Guide to: Documentary
Documentaries are a massive part of the Flatpack experience, and this year there are 15 to choose from that traverse time and space, ...
Posted on 29th March 2017
FLATPICKS: DUNCAN POULTON
It’s that time of year again when in the run up to the festival we’re on hand to guide you through the programme. Kicking ...
Posted on 28th March 2017
Flatpack Guide to: Unpacked
Here at Flatpack, we’re just as intrigued by films as we are by the intricate processes of production. Here we present the ...
Posted on 27th March 2017
Flatpack Guide to: Optical Sound
Optical Sound is a mini-festival in its own right, so dive into our guide broken down into five sections to help you through the ...
Posted on 25th March 2017
The Brumburger Miracle
We just couldn’t help ourselves. As if the first time wasn’t enough. If you didn’t manage to catch it, Take Me High ...
Posted on 22nd March 2017
Trailerama 2017: The Return of the Strange
It’s time for our first series of trailer-orientated posts getting you geared up for the festival, now only 2 weeks away. First ...
Posted on 21st March 2017
Pocket Film Festival
Newly appointed Flatpack FEDS Trainee Rico Johnson-Sinclair gives us the lowdown on Staffordshire’s very own Pocket Film Festival ...
Posted on 13th March 2017
Our full programme is now online, brochures are making their way to city-centre shelves, and with less than a month to go before ...
Posted on 9th March 2017
Highlights and Flatpass now on sale
Sizzlin’ hot out the frying pan, Flatpack’s got its first fresh batch out for the catchin’. Let the following ...
Posted on 21st February 2017
Festival Volunteers: We Want You!
Applications for flatpack 11 volunteers have now closed. Film Festival seeks enthusiastic volunteers for week-long cinematic ...
Posted on 30th January 2017
New Year, New Design
It’s that time of year when we revamp our identity for the upcoming festival. This year it encompasses a city skyline – ...
Posted on 23rd January 2017
You’ve Got a Friend in Flatpack
As we reach the end of the third week of 2017, things at Flatpack HQ are just starting to warm up. We have a new colour scheme, the ...
Posted on 20th January 2017
Attention: Hosts Needed!
Roll up, roll up! Come one, come all and see how you can help engage children in film through this new opportunity offered by Flatpack: ...
Posted on 14th December 2016
Jobs jobs jobs
It’s not often that we advertise for jobs that don’t spring directly from us, but two significant posts soon reaching deadlines are ...
Posted on 8th December 2016
Edge of Frame Weekend
Jill (dir: Lilli Carré, 2016) – screening as part of Push and Pull on Sunday 11 December. Edge of Frame is a blog that explores ...
Posted on 2nd December 2016
TIME TO SUBMIT SHORTS FOR FLATPACK 11
Last year was our tenth birthday, and the submissions we received reflected the gamut of eclectic and brilliant films that made ...
Posted on 28th November 2016
Late Night Work Club Interview
Born in a Void (dir: Alex Griggs, 2016) Late Night Work Club is a loose collective of animators founded by Charles Huettner, Scott ...
Posted on 25th November 2016
Our Festival Assistant Lauren Young headed over to the Dutch capital to spend a week at Cinekid Festival. Here’s what she had to ...
Posted on 15th November 2016
Job Vacancy: Festival Assistant
Flatpack are recruiting! If you’re an 18-24 year old looking for a brilliant opportunity to work on the production of Flatpack ...
Posted on 13th September 2016
Shock and Gore Interview
Shock and Gore is a festival of Horror and Fantasy cinema which celebrates its 6th year in 2016. We got in touch with festival director ...
Posted on 27th June 2016
A Channel 4 Eye Opener; Jacques Peretti talks The New Dull
As part of Flatpack’s celebration of mind-altering short films on Channel 4, independent film programmer Kate Taylor has selected ...
Posted on 20th April 2016
Screendance at Flatpack
In our first guest blog post, we asked local filmmaker Sima Gonsai to give a little more information about the programme on Screendance ...
Posted on 6th April 2016
Flatpack 9 Competition Winners
After eleven full-on days for team Flatpack, the festival is being packed up for another year. Furniture and films are being returned, ...
Posted on 1st April 2015
Many cups of coffee have been consumed, van loads of furniture and tech have been loaded and unloaded countless times, venues have been ...
Posted on 24th March 2015
Flatpack 9: The First Weekend
This morning the solar eclipse heralded the beginning of the second day of Flatpack 9. With fittingly blue skies over Birmingham, the ...
Posted on 20th March 2015
…and we’re off!
As you probably guessed from all the cosmic activity (aurora, eclipses), the ninth Flatpack Film Festival is nigh. Tonight we embark on ...
Posted on 19th March 2015
Flatpack inspired posters
A lovely email dropped into our inbox the other day. A group of West Midlands-based illustrators have re-imagined poster designs ...
Posted on 18th March 2015
The Return of Film Bug: 20 – 21 March
Our partnership with Colmore Business District, Film Bug, is back for its fourth year over the first weekend of the festival (20-21 ...
Posted on 13th March 2015
One week to go + programme amendments
Last night we dreamt it was Flatpack opening night, so it was some relief to wake up and find out we still have a week to go. However, ...
Posted on 12th March 2015
Get Involved at Flatpack 9
This year, as ever, there are opportunities galore for all you cinephiles and future filmmakers to get involved at Flatpack. Whether ...
Posted on 3rd March 2015
Full programme now live
After many a late night we are delighted to get the festival programme to you in record time. The full 2015 programme is now online and ...
Posted on 17th February 2015
London Warm Up
With our ninth festival coming up next month (19-29, if you had forgotten…), on Friday 6 March we are heading down to the Hackney ...
Posted on 6th February 2015
Highlights & Flatpass on sale
*Twirls proudly*…A new year and a new festival identity, how do we look? Ten festival highlights are now on sale. These include ...
Posted on 2nd February 2015
WFMU, benshi and zoetropes
Before Christmas we announced a few Flatpack 9 highlights with our first peek post. Since then, the festive season has become a distant ...
Posted on 14th January 2015
Flatpack 9: A First Peek
Forget shopping days till Christmas; there are only 90 sleeps until Flatpack no.9! More details will appear here in the new year as we ...
Posted on 19th December 2014
Programme Assistant Wanted
Flatpack 9 is now approaching fast and we’re on the lookout for a super Programme Assistant to join us at this exciting time. You ...
Posted on 17th December 2014
Submissions Deadline Approaching.
There’s now just under three weeks to go until the deadline for submissions to Flatpack no. 9, 6pm on Monday 22 December, 2014. ...
Posted on 2nd December 2014
The mornings are getting frostier and it is starting to feel a bit festive in the Flatpack office with the arrival of Miss Clara Bow in ...
Posted on 25th November 2014
Half Term Family Fun
It’s that time again – half term – and if you’re wondering what to do with the family this week then look no further; Flatpack have a ...
Posted on 29th October 2014
Submissions – 2 Months to Go!
That’s right, the deadline for submissions to the next Flatpack Film Festival, 6pm on Monday 22nd December 2014, is fast approaching. ...
Posted on 22nd October 2014
Coming up at Flatpack…
Crikey, that was quite a weekend. Probably one of our best. Thanks to all who came, and to all of our superstar volunteers. Now, ...
Posted on 24th March 2014
Events for younger viewers and doers
Wondering what to do with your little ones? There is plenty to see and do over the festival with workshops, feature films and short ...
Posted on 19th March 2014
A busy Friday…
The last Friday before the festival, and four of the team were busy in the derelict and deserted Central Library…
Posted on 14th March 2014
DVD Bang – Digbeth’s First Korean picture house
From South Korea’s city streets, Digbeth will see its very first DVDBANG as part of Flatpack this year. Based in the Custard ...
Posted on 13th March 2014
Film Bug 2014
Next week the festival kicks off with Film Bug, a mini festival within the festival across Colmore Business District from 20-23 March. ...
Posted on 10th March 2014
Judith Mackrell, the Guardian’s Dance critic has written a wonderful piece on Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre, a collection of films from ...
Posted on 7th March 2014
Two weeks to go!
In two weeks time the 8th festival kicks off in Birmingham. It’s our most ambitious yet with over 130 events taking place at 38 ...
Posted on 6th March 2014
London – festival taster
Next week we’ll be giving Londoners the chance to see what’s coming up in the second city for this year’s Flatpack: ...
Posted on 28th February 2014
Flatpack 2014 is live!
This year we have battled seasonal lurgy and had many a late night in order to get the festival programme to you in record time. The ...
Posted on 25th February 2014
Fantastic Planet at the Festival of Imagination
This week the Festival of Imagination opens in Selfridges Birmingham, a collaboration between The BIAD Centre for Fine Art Research ...
Posted on 4th February 2014
Festival highlights now on sale
Festival highlights are now on sale. All festival events can be viewed in full here. The full festival programme will be announced and ...
Posted on 22nd January 2014
Why the extra F?
New year, new identity. For seven years we’ve been content to label ourselves Flatpack Festival, but as part of a design overhaul by ...
Posted on 20th January 2014
Call for volunteers
DEADLINE EXPIRED: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST FROM THE 2014 FESTIVAL. Flatpack Film Festival are now looking for enthusiastic ...
Posted on 15th January 2014
HEEELLLLPPP!!! Festival Volunteers needed….
Flatpack Festival are now looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join the Festival Team in 2013.
Posted on 25th January 2013
Flatpack 2013 intern roles
Spring might seem like a long time away, but we’re already assembling our dream team for Flatpack 2013. This year we’re looking for ...
Posted on 7th November 2012
Brochures are now winging their way all over the country. In Birmingham you can find them all over the city centre including Birmingham ...
Posted on 2nd March 2012
Super-duper Volunteers Needed!
DEADLINE EXPIRED: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST FROM THE 2012 FESTIVAL. Flatpack Festival are now looking for enthusiastic and ...
Posted on 23rd January 2012
Clocks go forward tonight!
Don’t miss your screening! Please remember that clocks go forward one hour in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Posted on 26th March 2011
A few additions…
There are a couple of additions to our programme tomorrow taking place at Eastside Projects. All are free. 12pm – Open Cinema ...
Posted on 25th March 2011
Rubber: extra screening
Didn’t manage to get tickets for the screening of Rubber on Saturday? Due to popular demand there will be a post-Paper Party ...
Posted on 25th March 2011
…and we’re off!
Morning, And what a beautiful day for a film festival. After a jam-packed and atmospheric opener with Shadow Shows, Flatpack proper ...
Posted on 24th March 2011
As well as all kinds of live stuff from maverick cellist Hiromichi Sakamoto to archive plunderers People Like Us, Flatpack welcomes a ...
Posted on 22nd March 2011
Spit or Swallow? – a Sunday brunch with a difference
Fancy something a little different from your usual Sunday lunch? Then you might appreciate Spit or Swallow? On Sunday 27 March, ...
Posted on 20th March 2011
This year Juneau Projects have taken up the task of beautifying our joint hub space with Fierce, the Dirty End based at VIVID. They ...
Posted on 19th March 2011
The Dirty End – a place to refuel
This year we are sharing a hub with Fierce festival. Best known as the home of VIVID, for the duration of Fierce and Flatpack the space ...
Posted on 16th March 2011
Fierce website live
The Fierce Festival website is now live! Happening across Birmingham at the same time as Flatpack, it promises spectacular performances ...
Posted on 15th March 2011
The Studio @ Fairbridge
The Studio @ Fairbridge is a new creative space in the Digbeth area. Located at 79 Warwick Street, it is a renovated photography studio ...
Posted on 14th March 2011
Team pick #1
Hello! *waves* My name is Annabel and I am Marketing Assistant for the festival. During the festival itself I will be tweeting, ...
Posted on 14th March 2011
Brochures are now all over the country. In Birmingham you can find them in our venues: mac, Ikon Gallery, VIVID, The Victoria, as well ...
Posted on 11th March 2011
Colour Box, Flatpack’s programme for children and families will take place at mac this year over the festival weekend ...
Posted on 21st February 2011
A few dates for the diary
The programme is finalised and the brochure is coming together nicely. Here are a few of the big events for your diary over the ...
Posted on 7th February 2011
Unravel – the longest hand painted film in Britain
The weekend before last I visited Ikon Gallery to take part in the Unravel film project. It is a true epic that will create a hand ...
Posted on 17th January 2011
Call for volunteers
DEADLINE EXPIRED: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST FROM THE 2011 FESTIVAL. Flatpack Festival are once again seeking ...
Posted on 13th January 2011
It is a Flatpack tradition for each festival to have a ‘patron saint’, people from Birmingham past who have contributed to film ...
Posted on 14th December 2010
A sack full ‘o films
The deadline for film submissions has come and gone. Thank you to all who have submitted. We have a sack full to the brim of films ...
Posted on 11th December 2010
Vintage Mobile Cinema
On our travels this year many of the team have accidentally come across a beautiful Vintage Mobile Cinema travelling the country. Be it ...
Posted on 6th December 2010
Exciting updates and looming deadlines
We are very excited that next year’s festival will be taking place across the city over the same week as Fierce festival: 22-27 March. ...
Posted on 26th November 2010
Today Flatpack has seen workshops on animating vegetables, tours of the region’s old Odeon cinemas and more shorts than you can ...
Posted on 27th March 2010
Day four of Flatpack brings terrific treats including magic from artist Julien Maire, an odd insight into the lives of Finnish men in ...
Posted on 26th March 2010
Brochures and city transformations
For the second year running, students studying BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance and Event Design at Birmingham City University have been ...
Posted on 20th March 2010
The programme is now online and the brochure will be on the streets next week. While you wait to get your mits on a physical programme, ...
Posted on 4th March 2010