Birmingham on Film

Tomorrow we kick off a whole month of Birmingham-related archive screenings, and you could argue that we’ve been warming up for ...

A night at the Castle

“It’s a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters…” No thunder and ...

The Bride comes home

You can’t beat a good old-fashioned regional press photocall, and last week we warmed up for Bride of Frankenstein by taking the ...

Black Country adventures

Regular viewers may know that we’ve always had a soft spot for the Black Country. Much as we love Birmingham its flat sprawl can ...

Flatpack 10: how was it for you?

An important part of the clearing up process is the traditional Flatpack audience survey. This is really useful in getting an idea of ...

Flatpack 10 Collective Memory

Once we’ve slept and eaten ourselves back to a semi-human state, a good part of the post-festival week is spent clearing up and ...

Flatpicks: Ian Francis

It’s that time of year when people start to collar us at newsagents and bus-stops, urging us to share hot tips on unmissable ...

Positions Vacant

As the tenth festival approaches, we are advertising not one but two new roles within Team Flatpack. If you are interested in making ...

New beginnings

We’re very sad to announce that next month’s festival will be the last for our brilliant operations wizard Selina Hewlett. ...

Flatpack: Assemble

As you may have noticed from last month’s job advert, Flatpack is broadening its horizons over the next year and a bit. There’s a ...

Phil Fawke

As part of tomorrow’s Celluloid City programme, we have the privilege of chatting to retired projectionist Phil Fawke. Phil was ...

An introduction to Celluloid City

After a pilot at Flatpack no.9, our Celluloid City project kicks off in earnest this autumn. To give you a bit of context on the whole ...

Ghost Streets of Balsall Heath

The mighty Brumpic asked us to write a piece about the Janet Mendelsohn project we’re involved in, and we thought we’d post ...

VHS Memories

The Video Palace was widely agreed to be a highlight at this year’s Flatpack. Scalarama teamed up with Viva VHS and DVD Bang to ...

Build your own paper cinema

As part of tomorrow’s Celluloid City activities at the Barber, you can have a go at constructing your own Odeon Kingstanding. ...

The Week Before Close-up

Throughout the year we’ve been picking a series of films to complement Ikon Gallery’s decade-spanning celebration of their ...

Things That Go Pop

On Saturday we realised a long-cherished dream and put on an event devoted to Joseph Priestley, as part of the British Science ...

Emett’s haunts

A few months ago Tim Griffiths of the Rowland Emett Society got in touch to discuss possible film events. As Tim himself says, the ...

Busy month

After the usual post-Flatpack lull, the next month is looking fairly hectic… Sunday 8 June, 2pm at the Library of Birmingham ...

Cafe Neuro video

A short video on Cafe Neuro, one of the most exciting additions to the programme this year. Features eye-tracking technology, kids ...

Tochka gif

Souvenir from Tochka’s brilliant light painting workshop at 6/8 Kafe.

Flatpack video roundup

Relive the whole experience in two caffeinated minutes, thanks to sterling work from Chris Keenan (Prime Objective, photography) and ...

Flatpack 2014 :: any thoughts?

The post-festival stocktake would not be complete without your views. If you came to this year’s Flatpack Film Festival, please ...

Flatpicks: Ian Francis

In the mad rush to put the festival on, our mooted series of guest choices hasn’t really happened. However, I (that’s Ian, ...

Opening weekend

A few photo highlights from an excellent Flatpack weekend. All images by Katja Ogrin. Great talk to kick off my @flatpack 2014 – ...

The day dawns

It’s that time of year when we awake at 5, minds racing with all the stuff that needs doing. Ticket sales are anxiously ...

Flatpicks: Simran Hans

To help you negotiate the festival programme, we’re asking a few people to tell us what they’re looking forward to in the ...

Oh my GLOB!

Three weeks today we’ll be at the mac wallowing in the joys of Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward’s joyously strange cartoon ...

The Dark River

Last Friday we unveiled new video installation The Dark River at mac birmingham, commissioned for the festival from locally based ...

Back to the Lab: Pete Walsh

In 2009 I recorded a chat with Pete Walsh in the bar at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Pete had landed a great job there in the ...

Box of Light slideshow

We’re recovering from an exhausting but very enjoyable Box of Light weekend at the Library. Lovely artists, volunteers and ...

Unexpected Journeys

Unexpected Journeys – A Life in Lanterns from Prime Objective on Vimeo. Another insight here into one of our Box of Light guests. ...

Julien Maire

On Friday we welcome French artist Julien Maire back to Birmingham for Box of Light, three years after he last appeared here as part of ...

Fierce 2013

Once a springtime bedfellow with Flatpack, Fierce has now nestled itself in October and tonight kicks off a jam-packed and ...

The Diamond Roadshow

This week we welcome itinerant Hamburg duo Digger Barnes and Pencil Quincy to Moseley for a one-off performance. This video gives you ...

Designer wanted

Thanks to some brilliant designers Flatpack has been looking lovely since day one, and we’re now looking to refresh the identity ...

Catherine O’Flynn on 7inch

As part of our tenth anniversary stock-take, we’re compiling a little almanac summarising all that we’ve been up to since ...

7 Inch Cinema is 10

Ten years ago this month we started running a monthly filmnight at the Rainbow pub in Digbeth called 7 Inch Cinema. For £1 on the door ...

Flatpack videos

We’re just putting the finishing touches to a nifty video document of this year’s festival, but in the meantime here are a ...

Flatpack 7 collective memory

Having been far too distracted to take it all in at the time, we are piecing together the festival experience from other people’s ...

Photo highlights

We’ll be uploading a bundle of festival images to flickr over the next few days, but in the meantime here are a few that stood ...

Award winners

At a glittering ceremony last night, the winners of the first ever Flatpack Awards were announced… FLATPACK SHORT FILM AWARD ...

Eyes on the Prize

For the first time tonight we’ll be giving out Flatpack prizes for the best short films in the festival. A spirit of competition ...

Back to the Lab: Hunt Emerson

Like most internationally renowned British cartoonists, Hunt Emerson lives in relative obscurity at his home in Handsworth. A ...

Animated sting for Flatpack 2013

The challenge with film festival idents is making something that won’t annoy the hell out of you if you see it eight times before ...

Flatpicks no.1: Son of Man

In the run-up to the festival we’re posting a few personal responses to particular films in the programme. To kick off, the ...

Flatpack 7 is live!

In time-honoured David Bowie/MBV fashion, the 2013 Flatpack programme slipped quietly online last night. Feast yourself here. ...

Alan Moore on Arts Labs

“The only organisation I have ever enjoyed being a part of was the Northampton Arts Lab, when I was seventeen. Arts Labs are a ...

Programme snippets

There’s another month or so until the full, bulging lineup for Flatpack 7 is unveiled, but we’ll be releasing plenty of ...

Delia’s gas mask

On the eve of Delia Derbyshire day in Manchester, we’re reminded of the day we found her childhood gas-mask. Derbyshire’s ...

Imminent deadlines

Happy new year! Already festive indolence is a distant memory, and some key dates are looming. As you’ve probably noticed we ...

Silent Night images

Despite rubbish weather on Friday a healthy crowd gathered in Birmingham Cathedral to see pianist Paul Shallcross accompany a programme ...

Pete Walsh, RIP

Image via Irish Times The doors of the Irish Film Institute will be closed today as a mark of respect to Pete Walsh, the IFI programmer ...

Got any films?

As you may have noticed the Flatpack site has had a lick of paint in anticipation of next year’s festival, and we’re now ...

Silent Night

Flatpack’s opening night back in March was a rollicking, rip-snorting evening of slapstick at Birmingham Cathedral. (If you ...

A view from the Summit

Town Hall and Council House on Victoria Square, Birmingham, 1921 – Britain from Above. A few thoughts from Flatpack Director Ian ...

Flatpack Vacancy

Exciting changes are afoot at Flatpack HQ, and we are currently looking for a Finance and Development Director to help shape the ...

Autumn gigs

Plenty of you have been asking about submitting shorts for Flatpack 2013, and full details will be going up here in the next couple of ...

Flatpack 6 souvenir

Oops, we plastered this everywhere else but forgot to put it on the blog… Filmed by Chris Keenan (Prime Objective) and edited by ...

Digbeth Shuffle

Here’s some photo evidence of Saturday night’s Digbeth Shuffle, a raucous party to cap off our season of dance films for ...

Digbeth Shuffle

Our dance film season reaches its finale next Saturday 12 May with a knees-up at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth. Here’s a nifty flyer ...

48SHEET Draw Off

Nice little document of the 48SHEET Draw Off on 17 March, when an army of OHPs and illustrators descended on the Flatpack Palais. Video ...

Light Fantastic

You may think we’re in post-Flatpack hibernation, but it’s far from the truth. On the horizon are events with Ikon Gallery ...

Flatpack survey

Your feedback is important to us as Flatpack continues to develop. So if you visited the festival this year we’d like to hear ...

Fierceness

Picking up the baton from Flatpack this week is the ever-awesome Fierce Festival, once again bombarding Birmingham with an array of ...

Flatpack 6 collective memory

As always it’s very difficult for us to be in ten places at once during the festival, but once again an army of bloggers and ...

And breathe

The festival team have been doing a fair impression of zombies these last couple of days, as we sift through the debris sending things ...

Taa-daah!

It’s all kicking off! After a leisurely lunch in the Flatpack Palais (thanks to the excellent Milan on Stoney Lane), the festival ...

Flatpack teaser

Splendid little trailer put together by Andy Goodman, compressing five days of cinematic mayhem into 1 minute 22 seconds. Music by The ...

Postcard from The Edge

Something intriguing landed on our doormat this morning… To find out more, book yourself a bed for Outer Sight Over Night. Please ...

Trailerama, vol.2

More coming attractions… The Icebook Wrinkles Grandma Lo-Fi Streets of the Invisibles, showing as part of Alterations I Bought A ...

Ben Javens print

Here’s a lovely new illustration in honour of Harry Nilsson’s The Point, screening as part of 16mm Cartoon Rock next ...

Trailerama, vol.1

We’re adding various trailers to the event pages, and thought we might as well post a string of them here too… The Fairy ...

Programme online

This is where the fun begins… The Flatpack 6 programme is now online. Still a few details and bugs to iron out, but this should ...

Bring Your Own Beamer

Another open-participation Flatpack event hit the wires this week… We are pleased to announce the Birmingham edition Bring Your ...

Highlights!

As you may have noticed there’s a bundle of 2012 highlights up on our homepage now – tickets for these events will be ...

Citizen Kane, Five Stories High

Flatpack tends to involve a jumble of artforms, so this year’s collaboration with storytelling wizards YARN makes total sense. With ...

Totoro tomorrow

Just a quick heads-up – by way of warm-up for Flatpack 6 we’re doing a series of Colour Box family screenings at mac on the ...

Help wanted

Flatpack 6 is approaching fast, and the team just keeps on growing. We’re now looking for two interns to join us between January ...

Totoro!

There may be another couple of months until Flatpack proper, but there are various ways of filling the gaps inbetween – including ...

7inch October listings

In a break with protocol, I’m pasting below our listings email for this month. If you’d like to receive these in your ...

Submissions wanted

It’s that time again! The sixth Flatpack Festival is a growing dot on the horizon (13-18 March 2012 in Birmingham – save ...

Latenight treats

We’ll be over the Black Country like a rash over the next four days, presenting a banquet of heavy metal cinema in all sorts of ...

Summer update

If you haven’t been visiting the events section of this site you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing going on ...

Metal on Film

While we beaver away overhauling the website and plotting for Flatpack 6, as ever there’s plenty of film action afoot over at the ...

Bobby Yeah

Robert Morgan slips between animation and live action, and is well known for creepy short films like The Cat With Hands and The ...

Submission calls

A few people have been in touch enquiring about submissions for Flatpack 6 in March 2012. We’ll do a proper shout in September ...

Kids watching films

Just sifting through photos from our film-tent at this weekend’s marvellous Book Bash. There are many things to love about this ...

Book Bash: 1 day left

Just had a marvellous day showing films at Aston Hall as part of this year’s Book Bash, along with special guest and old friend ...

Postapocalypticpics

There was a disappointing lack of Rapture today, but to get you in the ‘end of days’ mood here are some snaps from last ...

Invisible Cinema slideshow

During the research for his Invisible Cinema walking tour Ben Waddington did some delving in various disused picture palaces around ...

On a Ragga Tip

The other night my daughter gave me back a sliver of the edge I thought I’d lost, by stomping downstairs and demanding that I ...

Chilean downhill bike race

Just been sent the link to this amazing helmet-cam view of a downhill bike race in Valparaiso, Chile. Listen to your heart-rate going ...

Women on Film

If your interest was piqued by our Iris Barry focus, you might be interested to know that Sight and Sound are running a competition for ...

Reliving Flatpack no.5

As a festival-organiser, one of the nice things about this internet business is finding out what you missed. Skipping from event to ...

Flatpack 2011 slideshow

Here’s a quick canter through some Flatpack memories, with plenty more to be found on our Flickr stream. Many thanks to all those ...

Colour Box projections

Along with all the other family activities at mac during Flatpack weekend, Chris Plant from Colour Burst cooked up some ingenious ...

That’ll do pig.

It’s a beautiful day for packing up a film festival. We’ll be back once all the empties are binned and the films returned, ...

Ra prop

A sneaky look at one of the contraptions being cooked up for tonight’s Ra! Ra! Ra! extravaganza in honour of Sun Ra. We are ...

Rubber posters

In some ways you might call Quentin Dupieux’s new film Rubber a tricky sell; tyre discovers psychokinetic powers and embarks on ...

Some screening highlights

Beyond all the mobile cinemas, bunker installations and shadow shows, there are of course plenty of old-fashioned movie screenings at ...

Sunrise in London

Just a quick heads-up for London types – the Sunrise score we commissioned for last year’s Flatpack will be performed again ...

David Wilson

We’ve been loving David Wilson‘s work since we stumbled on his Moray McLaren video, and last year’s promo for Let Go ...

Live!

As you’ve probably noticed, the full programme went live today. Much euphoria and relief in Flatpack towers, after many weeks of ...

Wurld

Elfin Saddle are a Canadian duo on Constellation Records who play mystical folk with a touch of post-apocalypse. As well as music they ...

Passenger Films

If we weren’t up to our eyeballs in Flatpack we might be tempted to pop down to London in a couple of weeks for the launch of ...

Celestial Navigations

Last year the excellent Numero Group released Celestial Navigations, a DVD retrospective of artist and animator Al Jarnow. Ordinarily ...

Flatpack pluggery

The festival got a nice mention in yesterday’s Observer, as part of Catherine O’Flynn’s cultural highlights: (NB: ...

Shadow Shows

A fleeting glimpse of Shadow Shows has just gone up on vimeo… Shadow Shows – UK Premiere from Film Ficciones on Vimeo. This ...

Glasgow trailer

The programming for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival has just been unveiled, and our friends at the Shorts fest have made this ...

Lichter Filmtage

Before the holidays, a spookily like-minded festival got in touch. Lichter Filmtage show shorts, documentaries, animation and ...

Blockhead: The Music Scene

While hunting for short stuff we’ve been coming across lots of morphing and psychedelia lately. Here’s Exhibit A, by the ...

Competition winners

Thanks to all who partook in the recent Town Called Panic giveaway. DVDs of Panic and the Hammer and Tongs Collection are winging their ...

Town Called Panic giveaway

Next week sees the DVD release of A Town Called Panic (aka Panique au Village), the demented Belgian toy animation which we screened at ...

The Clock

Sometime this month I’m hoping to get over to Nottingham for Christian Marclay’s The Clock. Researchers spent God knows how ...

Spit Bars Jump Cars

Noticed any footprints on your car recently? Here’s a man jumping over cars in Digbeth. Via Dom, who is off to Portland in a ...

Carlton Cinema, Balsall Heath

Sparkhill Home Guard on the steps of the Carlton Cinema in 1940. Seventy years ago tomorrow, on the night of 25 October 1940, an ...

Todays 7inch mailout

As you might know we send out regular emails about our gigs and other things going on. We used to post all of these online, but on the ...

Festival Assistant

Flatpack Festival are seeking a Festival Assistant, to work full-time on the festival from November to April. Piano-playing and ...

The Man With the Beautiful Eyes

This 1999 animation by Jonathan Hodgson is showing at next week’s Footnotes event, part of a clutch of shorts adapted from poems ...

Jarnowia

We’ll be up at Press Play in Newcastle this weekend, taking part in their closing do along with People Like Us and Warp Films. ...

The Oyster Princess

Birmingham Jazz, who worked with us on the Sunrise score at Flatpack back in March, are presenting another live film treat at the mac ...

2011 submissions call

Lengthening nights and falling leaves mean it’s time to start cranking up for Flatpack, and our first milestone of the season is ...

Photos of punters

A couple of images from our summer travels – Paul Shallcross playing the piano at Green Man and a candle-lit 7inch at Islington ...

Kawamoto, Kon in memoriam

We lost two brilliant Japanese filmmakers within two days last month, one of them far too soon. Kihachiro Kawamoto (born 11 January ...

Cream/Egg

We’re off up north tomorrow for a little show at Islington Mill in Salford. It’s an old cotton mill which has been ...

Gruff Rhys Q and A

**Stop press** Just confirmed that Gruff Rhys and Dyl ‘Goch’ Jones will be at the Green Man Festival this weekend to talk ...

Separado! at Green Man

Separado! is a terrific, off-kilter docu tracing Gruff Rhys’ family ties in Patagonia. Flatpack was one of the first places to ...

Library roundup

Birmingham’s love of threatened species and the soon-to-be-demolished has manifested itself again in a flurry of Central Library ...

Bioscope digest

The Bioscope is a font of useful information on silent cinema, delving comprehensively into neglected corners while also alert to new ...

Hospital 100

The final Hospital Club 100 has just been announced, highlighting established and up-and-coming people across the UK’s creative ...

Alan Plater, r.i.p.

It was very sad to hear of Alan Plater’s passing last week. A writer with a brilliant ear for dialogue whose theatre and TV ...

Cinema vans

After our Mobile Cinema event last month we were alerted to a lovely project in the south-west. A few years ago a rusty Bedford cinema ...

Synth Eastwood at Flatpack

Fabbo little video document of Synth Eastwood’s stay in Birmingham. There are also shedloads of GIFs on their site. Synth ...

Incoming

Supposedly it’s our quiet time, but there’s loads going on. Including… > 7INCH no.38 – Old-school gaming ...

The New Moscow

Yesterday I drove to London to pick up two hefty black boxes which contain The Mobile Cinema, starring at the Hare and Hounds this ...

Bendito Machine

Bendito Machine III from Zumbakamera on Vimeo. Aztec shadow-puppets discover television. No.3 of a proposed 10-part series. Whatever ...

Graham Vick at the Barber

If you’ve ever been to a Birmingham Opera production in a warehouse or burnt-out ice-rink and wondered how they got such a thing ...

Raymond Scott doc

Trailer for a new documentary about composer Raymond Scott by his son, Stan Warnow. Sensoria Festival in Sheffield are premiering the ...

Odeon cross-section

One of those things that we forgot to blog about in the run-up to the festival – a cross-section illustration of the Odeon ...

Jafar Panahi

Alongside Tim Burton, Kate Beckinsale and Shekhar Kapur there’s a chair on this year’s Cannes jury reserved for Iranian ...

Beyond Flatpack

The world keeps on turning, and 7 Inch Cinema is ready to try and fill that Flatpack-shaped hole in your life… Wednesday 21 ...

Jim le Fevre Phonotrope talk

A whole year back animator Jim le Fevre brought his marvellous Phonotrope device along to Unpacked. He’s recently posted the talk ...

Flatpack dossier

In my experience the week following a festival tends to involve lots of sleeping, eating, clearing up, looking for things that have got ...

Animated vegetables

Last Saturday animator Andy Wyatt kindly brought along the contents of his kitchen for the Animate Your Own Vegetable event at the ...

Ian Emes

Today we went for a curry in the Big Bulls Head with artist and animator Ian Emes. He is best known for creating the visuals for Pink ...

Odeon photos

A little slideshow from Saturday’s Odeon bus tour, led by Chris Upton. See also the Guardian’s writeup on Rediscovering ...

Taking stock

Some good stories are trickling in as we clear out venues and get buried in invoices. The couple who met while Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan ...

Installation pic

A sneaky look at David Hurley’s handiwork in the Created in Birmingham shop. (via @createdinbrum)

A few trailers

Beeswax: Separado!: Double Take: And a clip from The Living Room of the Nation:

Errata, addenda, and so on

Look out for the nice Flatpack writeup in t’Guardian Guide today. One small error we should point out: Moon Unit and Jackdaw with ...

Going going gone

Thanks to the very helpful people at The Ticketsellers, booking for Flatpack is a breeze. As you probably know many of our venues are ...

Alex Smith at Unpacked

An exciting late addition to the Unpacked lineup which we wanted to share — filmmaker Alex Smith will be taking part in the ...

Film Dash etc

Thanks to having our heads in a festival-planning hole, other Birmingham film-related stuff has passed us by over the last few weeks. ...

Flatpack 2010 sting

Here’s a short animation which will be popping up before screenings at this year’s festival: Flatpack 2010 Trailer from ...

Fast Forward

Flatpack’s big Friday night this year comes courtesy of Synth Eastwood, a Dublin outfit famed for their open-submission art ...

Taa-daah!

As you may have noticed, this little blog has suddenly become surrounded by a bulging programme of goodies. There is a fair bit to ...

Fort Dunlop

There was a programme on radio 4 this morning about memories of Fort Dunlop, that impressive slab of a building you see from the M6 ...

Facts About Projection

I can think of a couple of retired projectionists who would find this little film by Temujin Doran quite comforting. Someone posted it ...

Flipbook history of the world

Apparently this was somebody’s AS level art project: [via @AnimateProjects] The usual pre-Flatpack tumbleweed on this blog. Just ...

Mucking in

Fancy helping out at Flatpack? This year’s festival runs from 23-28 March in venues all over Birmingham, and the whole thing ...

Snow

Here’s what a proper cold snap looks like: And here’s a poem on the same subject: Snow The room was suddenly rich and the ...

Escaping the office

It’s very easy to get tunnel-vision when you’re planning a festival. I find myself muttering lists of things to do as I ...

Engine Room Pitch

A bit of advance notice… one of our partners at this year’s event is Sheffield Doc/Fest, who will be hosting an intensive ...

Filmmakers at the movies

Happy noo year. Been watching quite a few films about movie-going recently, and came across this three-minuter which the Coens made for ...

Rayogram results

Here are some of the images created on Alex Mackenzie’s rayogram workshops while he was in the UK recently, including a few made ...

Happy birthday, Electric

While you’re consuming your bodyweight in minced pies and mulled wine over the next few days perhaps raise a glass to ...

Spacy article

I did a piece for the current issue of Electric Sheep. I’m posting it here not just out of vanity, but also because it’s ...

The New World

I am pretty crap at best-movie lists and end-of-decade summaries but if you got me in an armlock and forced an answer out of me, I ...

Sleep

Domestic Infelicity wrote to us yesterday. Nice name, and they make nice videos too: Ethav: Sleep from Domestic Infelicity on Vimeo. ...

The TV Show

Endless film-hunting for Flatpack at the moment, and this was a nice smack in the face this afternoon. (Gracias to Cartoon Brew.) As ...

Introductions

Ok, this is where it starts getting interesting. Tired of knocking a shuttlecock back and forth across a largeish office and conscious ...

New look

Crikey, dormant blog. Apologies for the month-long silence. We were busy tracking down good stuff for next year, and as you can see ...

Lightbox pics

A couple of blurrycam shots from last night’s Wooden Lightbox performance by Alex MacKenzie at Vivid. During their flying visit ...

Submission of the day

DVDs have been steadily thumping onto the mat. One of today’s crop contained a warning relevant to all shorts programmers.

Hugh Cooney

My red-hot productive day has fallen at the first hurdle thanks to an innocuous recommendation from Synth Eastwood. Mr Hugh Cooney is ...

Fairbrother time-lapse sequence

Birmingham timelapse from 7inch cinema on Vimeo. This is a selection of images taken by amateur photographer Derek Fairbrother from the ...

New flyer

Designed by Gas. Inspired by Kingstanding Odeon.

Efterklang etc

You might remember Danish troupe Efterklang from a joyous set at Supersonic last year. They’re returning to Birmingham next week, ...

The Magic Box

Hitching a ride with the Travelling Picture Show throughout the summer, animator Claire Evans has been making a ...

Pontypool

A nice post-gig buzz today, with the usual craving for a fry-up. I just wanted to draw your attention to Pontypool, a smashing little ...

Bit of bad news

Unfortunately Bibio won’t be able to play at the gig in London tonight, due to illness. Apologies for any disappointment; ...

Onde Sonore

At the Roxy on Monday we are sharing film-picking duties with Electric Sheep magazine. Here is one of their choices, a gorgeous 360° ...

Living and listings

A brief word for Living by Henry Green, a 1929 novel set in a Birmingham foundry. Not sure how it took me so long to hear of this but ...

The Cat Piano

Here’s another film showing at the Roxy on the 19th. An Aussie production created entirely in Photoshop, and featuring the ...

London jaunt

Applications for the Coordinator post closed yesterday; many thanks for all the interest. And last Wednesday it was exactly six months ...

Bloodface

Some nice puppetry action in Ben Lister’s latest video: Lisa Li-Lund ‘Bloodface’ from ben Lister on Vimeo. PS: ...

New distractions

This summer we welcomed a new office-mate to 7inch towers; Chris Keenan, a photographer/filmmaker who sent in some of our earliest ...

Call for submissions

Ok, we are ready for your mini-masterpieces. If you’d like your short film to be considered for the next Flatpack Festival (23-28 ...

Newman Brothers Coffin Works

Here’s a couple of shots from the Coffin Fittings Works in the Jewellery Quarter, out of action since the 1990s but accessible ...

R.I.P. Metro Life

Having heard various rumours and had a couple of emails bounce back, someone confirmed to me last night that Metro have shut down their ...

Meeces

A mountain of knitted mice, created by Joyce Hall. We’ve been steadily handing these out as we trundle around on the Travelling ...

Position Vacant

Flatpack are seeking a Festival Coordinator to work on the next festival in March 2010. The deadline for applications is 28 September. ...

Home again

A little aching and fuzzy-headed today after a lovely few days in the Usk valley for Green Man festival. For the first time in three ...

August flavours

As we pack our bags for Green Man, here are my top 5 things for the month…. 1) Moon (dir: Duncan Jones) Saw it last night and was ...

Beautiful Losers

Just a heads-up to let you know that Beautiful Losers is coming out on DVD in the UK next week. A portrait of the group of artists who ...

Curzonora slideshow

Sam Coley teaches radio production at Birmingham City University, and on Flatpack opening night he helped us out by recording the ...

Zoologic

Another short from the Travelling Picture Show programme, made as a graduation film at CalArts by Nicole Mitchell. This one is part of ...

Balloons

The Travelling Picture Show kicks off in Lichfield today. (I’m not there but apparently it’s going very well.) One of the ...

It started with a .font

A brief insight into how Flatpack planning works. For a good while it was nice to think about other things. Then this morning I sent ...

Stalker and Shadow Shows

Two Birmingham film-happenings that have come to our attention… Stalker Night Friday 17th July @ AE Harris in the jewellery ...

The Mole and the Radio

Here’s another short film from the Travelling Picture Show programme, for anyone with noisy neighbours. This went down ...

Big beastie

This creature will be unveiled in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park this Friday as one of the headline acts at the Shift_Time festival. ...

Edge of the world

Every festival has a few choice acts/films that don’t come off; the trick is to be thick-skinned and keep your options open. One ...

Lavatory Lovestory

In the run-up to the launch of the Travelling Picture Show tour next month, I thought I’d start posting some of the featured ...

Vote Bibio

You might remember Bibio from a DJ set at the very first Flatpack, or a magic live spot he did in our tent at Green Man last year ...

Walsall antics

A couple of weeks ago we had a fab time Making Do at the New Art Gallery in Walsall. Here are some photos… Images by Naz and ...

Flavours of the month

Digging for good stuff is part of our job description, but we did so much of it in the run-up to Flatpack that I think we blew a fuse ...

Feedback cloud

Sifting through all the images and data and audience reaction from the festival is a mammoth job in itself, and it can be hard to ...

Origami cats

Here’s a copy of Finn’s guide to making origami cats, shown during Travelling Picture Show at the festival. (Apparently ...

Recent additions

Ok, so a few things have been sneaking up on here that we should draw your attention to… TRAVELLING PICTURE SHOW Project page for ...

Back in the saddle

Yikes! I just realised there’s only half an hour of March left and not one blog-post this month. Ok, so Flatpack wiped us out. ...

Flatpack flipbooks

At the Mystery Train event animator Trevor Woolery was helping people make their own flipbooks, and he’s just posted some of the ...

The grave of Waller Jeffs

Since we metaphorically dug up Waller Jeffs for our tribute event Curzonora a couple of weeks ago, a surprising number of people have ...

Guy Sherwin and Kevin Timmins

By complete coincidence, it turned out that one of the people showing work at this year’s Flatpack (Kevin Timmins) was a student ...

Flatpack collective memory

Photograph by Hilmi Ramlan As it involved quite a lot of things going on at the same time, there was only so much of the festival we ...

Morning after

So we are left with an empty warehouse, a bad head and lots of memories. Many thanks to Eleanor McKeown for diligently feeding the blog ...

Drumroll

Peachy-pink clouds over Birmingham herald day 1 of the Flatpack Festival. And the premiere of Dave Gaskarth’s lovely festival ...

Warehouse action

As if putting on a film festival weren’t enough hassle, we thought we’d try converting a warehouse into the bargain… ...

Confession

Apparently we have been hoodwinked… www.robringfoundation.tumblr.com

Morning Elegance

We’ve been compiling all the shorts onto chunky blue cassettes this week, so that next week all we have to do is press ...

Windows launch

Below is a flyer for next week’s launch of the shop-window installation trail, at Urban Outfitters [map] from 5.30pm on Thursday ...

Privilege in Birmingham

Here are a couple of lobby-cards used to promote the original release of Peter Watkins’ Privilege in 1967. At the top you can see ...

Flatpack stories

A few people have been writing about the festival… > BBC online on the Travelling Picture Show > The Bioscope on Curzonora > Evil ...

Figgis in Birmingham

Unfortunately we won’t be able to make this, what with a festival to organise, but you might be interested to know that Mike ...

Web vs. print

Sometimes print publicity seems a bit pointless; all those piles of flyers when you can do the same job online with none of the expense ...

Flatpack site

howdy — Please excuse the tumbleweed, we’ve been busy on this.

There!

Hello? Anyone there? Here’s the new Flatpack 3 site. Dont break it now. And excuse any typos, we’ll be polishing for a ...

Nearly there..

Full site online on Monday. Tickets on sale from Tuesday. Thank you for your patience…

Call for volunteers

DEADLINE EXPIRED: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN ARCHIVED POST FROM THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Ahem: >>FLATPACK FESTIVAL CALL FOR ...

Gas press

The Flatpack flyer is in Design Week this week. Swish – and we never knew it was called ‘collateral’. Much-deserved ...

Trailers

Here are a few trailers/clips for things you can find at Flatpack… Beautiful Losers; Sita Sings the Blues; Privilege; …And ...

Installation trail

One of the first physical signs of Flatpack this year will be a series of interventions in shop-windows around the city. It’s an ...

Bombin

Here are Goldie (Metalheadz) and 3D (Massive Attack) in fresh-faced younger days, painting a mural in the Bull Ring, Birmingham. ...

Bubblicious

Cardboard dog on keyboards. 3 minutes of joy. Better version here, via antville.

Little White Lies

Look out for a nice big spread which we wrote on Waller Jeffs, near the back of this month’s Little White Lies magazine. (Che issue)

The Way We Were

2008 is slipping through our fingers, and we’re in nostalgic mood. Well actually, I’m supposed to be writing copy for the ...

Mystics in Bali

At the last 7inch event we showed a brief clip from 1981 Indonesian horror flick Mystics in Bali, by way of a taster for a full ...

Please Say Something

One of our guests at Flatpack will be David O’Reilly, a young Irish animator based in Berlin whose CV includes prize-winning ...

New B.I.F.S. site

We moaned at them for not having a website, so it’s only fair that we toast the arrival of Birmingham International Film Society ...

Oliver Postgate, r.i.p.

Oliver Postgate died yesterday, aged 83, leaving behind an amazing body of work and a hell of a life. There are plenty of old kids TV ...

Youtube search box

We’re not generally in the habit of handing out techy tips on this site, but thought this was useful. Youtube have decided in ...

Bozo Texino

Here’s a trailer for Bill Daniel’s 2005 film about railroad graffiti, shot on box-cars across the US over a 16-year period. ...

Lange and Donnellan

This week a new show opened at the Ikon gallery. Darcy Lange: Work Studies in Schools gathers some of the reams and reams of video ...

Pedal-powered cinema

Black Country-based art student Kevin Timmins has been sending us an intriguing stream of photos for over a year now, showing work in ...

Sell-outs

There were two full houses for the climax of our archive tour in Pershore and Worcester this weekend. A blow-by-blow account can be ...

Introducing Waller Jeffs

Our ‘patron saint’ for this year’s Flatpack Festival is Birmingham film showman Mr Waller Jeffs (1861-1941). Between ...

Stinks

This little skit by Coventry-based animator Qianqian Liu was cooked up during the recent Digitoons masterclasses run by the Brothers ...

Worcestershire finale

Our pitiless conquest of the media continued last week with a spot on Midlands Today about the Worcestershire on Film tour. Many thanks ...

In a Dream

In A Dream Trailer from Herzliya Films on Vimeo. In our unceasing quest for good stuff to show we came across In a Dream last week. ...

Komaneko

Discovered while trawling for kids films yesterday, a Japanese series called Komaneko. We understand that it means ‘frame-taking ...

Osbert Parker

This morning I dragged myself away from several deadlines to go and hear Osbert Parker talk about his animation at the Flip Festival, ...

Hallelujah

Despite a shedload of work to get through, it’s been a rather euphoric day. As ever, the perfect soundtrack courtesy of ...

Sita Sings The Blues

Flip Animation Festival is on in Wolverhampton this week, and includes one of the first UK screenings of Nina Paley’s debut ...

Dunkirk

This film about a little robot discovering the joys of Digbeth was winner of the recent Film Dash challenge… Dunkirk from Pete ...

A feast of Georges

More doormat joy last week, with the arrival of Flicker Alley’s five-disc box-set Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema. As you ...

First booking

One of the first acts nailed down for next year’s festival is Paper Cinema. Along with various collaborators, illustrator Nic ...

Gideon Baws

Ordinarily this thread marks the passing of forgotten legends or cult heroes and it seems a little flippant to include a 33 year-old in ...

Internships

Flatpack is expanding, and we are seeking interns to work with us on the next planning stage for the festival. There are two part-time ...

Halfway there

We reached the halfway point in our Worcestershire archive tour last week, with over 100 people coming along to the Priory in Great ...

Film Dash

A last-minute reminder that there is a 48-hour film challenge going on in Birmingham this weekend, if you happen to have three days ...

Overcoming Dictatorships

Yet another thing we forgot to mention in our listings; this is an exhibition which runs until 9 November at the University of ...

Call for submissions

A whole five months until the actual festival, and we already have a tasty-looking holding page up on the Flatpack site. Unprecedented. ...

The People and the Whale

It’s always good to start the day with a pleasant surprise through the letterbox, and a dvd of ‘The People and the ...

Pram shop

Just following up from the dvd launch; anyone who wants to pick up ‘Shadow Shows of the Phantascope’ can do so at the new ...

A new one from PES

Well, three months old; ancient by internet standards. PES is a master at reappropriating familiar objects, and somehow here he manages ...

Codswallop

As well as launching the Pram dvd this Sunday, we have another exclusive; the very first UK showing of a new animation by ...

Delia roundup

Towards Tomorrow was one of our most pleasurable event experiences. No major hitches, enthusiastic and friendly audience, a great ...

More flipbooks

One of our favourites from the new batch of Animate shorts premiered last night was Stephen Irwin’s multi-flipbook film The Black ...

Stalking Delia

Some unexpected discoveries today. We’re going to have a little reading room with some material relating to Delia Derbyshire at ...

Lots of rice

‘Of all the People in all the World‘ is back in Birmingham after five years wandering the globe. It’s really good, do ...

Love Letters and Live Wires

A brief postscript to our Len Lye event last Saturday; we should have mentioned that a couple of Lye films will be part of the BFI ...

Dummy Jim

A gentle nudge from Jim himself has reminded me that I was going to tell you about Dummy Jim. This is a mooted feature film by ...

Tusalava

Tusalava is Len Lye’s first film, made over the course of two years between 1927 and 1929. It doesn’t get shown much, and ...

New view

After five years in the attic, last week we moved into the Custard Factory… New address is on the contact page.

Notes from Nairn

Still recovering from our marathon drive home, with stop-off in Morecambe for Lancastrian tapas (?). Beyond the jump is a brief writeup ...

The road to Ballerina

You find us huddled on the foggy ramparts of Berwick-on-Tweed, halfway to the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams; a new film festival ...

Floods, asparagus and ferrets

Spent an illuminating if disorientating day in Leicester yesterday, delving through Worcestershire’s past at the Media Archive ...

Bruce Conner, r.i.p.

Please be standing for Mr Bruce Conner, artist, founder member of the ‘Rat Bastard Protective Society’ and an inadvertant ...

Flipbook results

At the Flummoxed event a couple of weeks ago Trevor Woolery (Lonomi Productions) was dishing out flipbooks and encouraging people to ...

Vampire love

A couple of images from last week’s amazing Nosferatu rescore (with many thanks to Penny McConnell who took them and then had to ...

A few loose ends (arf)

Before we pack our bags for Knitflicks, here are a couple of other knitting-related things that we’ve come across recently… ...

Supersonic bits and bobs

Have been feeling slightly out of touch with the music video world lately, but programming for Supersonic is always a good opportunity ...

Knitflicks, pt.4

Our final sneak preview from the Knitflicks programme, this one’s a computer animation by Finnish filmmaker Laura Neuvonen (Anima ...

Strange Attractor

One of the speakers at this weekend’s Supersonic festival is Mark Pilkington, who edits Strange Attractor – the occult ...

Oliver Laric

Another of our featured Flummoxed artists, Oliver Laric is based in Berlin and makes consistently interesting and often funny short ...

Birthday pics

Here are some photos from our birthday bash on Saturday: And a nice preview from the Metro…

Lucent Harmonic Color

In the run-up to Flummoxed, we’ll try and illuminate some of the things that will be going on that night… The climax of the ...

Birthday collage

Here’s a sneak preview of a collage which Dave Gaskarth (Cyrk) is working on for our birthday do; this will be a big paste-up ...

Favourite Things

Though it’s a bit embarassing to be promoting this (honestly), you can if you choose blow an hour of your Wednesday evening this ...

Jaygo Bloom

A quick introduction to Jaygo Bloom, who is coming down for our birthday gig next Saturday. We first came across him at an event we ...

My Winnipeg, live

Just booked tickets for our birthday treat, a Tuesday afternoon jaunt to London to wave down the Telectroscope and then on to see Guy ...

Knitflicks pt. 3 – the trailer

In honour of our Knitflicks event at Compton Verney next month, here’s a little trailer (or animated flyer) by Kate Pemberton and ...

Some exciting news

Today the UK Film Council announced the recipients of their national Festival Fund award, and it gives us great pleasure to confirm ...

Home of the Flipbook

Being fans of pre-cinema gadgetry and well-stocked with civic pride, we were delighted to discover yesterday that Birmingham is the ...

Venn Festival

Terrific, random lineup of music for the Venn Festival in Bristol this weekend, running the gamut from A(rtamanova) to Z(unzunegui). ...

Bo Diddley, R.I.P.

A quick doff of the cap to the amazing Bo Diddley, who died on Monday aged 79. Aquarium Drunkard has a couple of MP3s (we recommend ...

The Bays in Brum

“The Bays incorporate a classical ensemble into their improvised electronic performance, using a unique system of real-time music ...

Knitflicks, part 2

Another knitting film for Friday afternoon… This here is a knitting machine made out of LEGO by the resourceful Thomas Johnson, ...

Telectroscope

Image from Flickr by judepics. The Telectroscope is one of those nifty ideas that make you go ‘why didn’t I think of ...

Knitflicks, part 1

Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire asked us to put together something filmy which will complement their Fabric of Myth exhibition, ...

Tamworth on my mind

The imminent arrival of Julian Cope at Town Hall next week has resurrected heady teenage days when I wore a homemade ‘Julian Cope ...

Edgar returns

If you’re anywhere near Birmingham (uk) this weekend, be sure to book yourself an appointment with The Divine Edgar, which has ...

Rotunda film

With the Rotunda reopening last week it seemed a good time to show Rosalind Fowler’s film about the building’s past. ...

Live Brum

Fancy eh? The new Live Brum site lets you paste their listings onto your site. I know it’s not exactly live, but maybe ...

New Blu

We urge you to take 7 minutes out of your busy schedule to watch the latest ‘ambiguous animation’ from Bologna-based ...

Birmingham, folk city

I’m doing a bit of moonlighting this week, writing press releases for Moseley Folk fest at the end of August. One of their guests ...

Weird films for kids

After enduring the horrors of Nim’s Island this weekend I turned to the web in search of some hope for childrens cinema. There ...

Hazel Court, R.I.P.

Although it’s a couple of weeks late, we felt we should mark the passing of one of British horror’s finest purveyors of the ...

Telly on the radio

Just a heads-up to let you know – should you care about such things – that ‘Telly Savalas and the Quota ...

Films in clubs

With superstar DJs no longer a guaranteed crowd-puller, clubnights are increasingly using films as a little extra something on the ...

Rainbow Hunters

This video for ‘Florida’ by Diplo was made by Brum director Ben Lister with Warblefly productions in the wild woods of ...

Home movies as art?

By way of a warm-up act for I For India on Sunday we’ll be showing a small selection from the Living Room Cinema dvd, recently ...

Brief encounter

Went to the Cineworld Haymarket in London on Friday, currently bedecked with bunting and balloons for a stage version of Brief ...

Lots of filmnights going on

I remember back in the day – about 8 years ago – when we first started doing an event called Burdzeye at the Custard ...

Sandhya Suri interview

Just added a brief interview with Sandhya Suri, director of I For India. Here’s a snippet: “Like most film-makers I am ...

Writing your name in the snow

As the snow started falling last weekend, I ran out into the garden with some old cinema letters to leave a pawprint. Here is the ...