Born in a Digbeth pub and a Balsall Heath attic, Flatpack has since grown in many interesting and wonderful directions. We’re grateful and excited to have made it this far, and would very much like you to join us in celebrating our tenth birthday in spring. Kicking off slightly later than usual (19-24 April 2016), you can expect the usual boundary-defying cinematic fun and games in venues across Birmingham. Details will start to emerge over the next few weeks, with the full shebang launched in March 2016.
2015 Highlights See All
We love animation. It's the art of putting a bunch of still images together to create the illusion of movement. Here we gather some great examples from around the world.
After months of digging around in crypts and basements, we emerge blinking into the light with a crateful of rarely-seen films and TV programmes.
From Oculus Rift and zoetropes to DIY cinema and sci-fi.
Flatpack’s family programme Colour Box returns with a weekend of screenings and activities for younger viewers and doers, including a big day at our Gas Hall hub on 23 April.
Fun with slime moulds - showing the creative possibilities around slime moulds, lichen and bacteria. Presented in partnership with BOM Lab and the Arts & Science Festival.
In a really good year for non-fiction films, we've had no trouble filling with this section with great work.
Our partnership with Colmore Business District continues for a fourth year. Taking place in venues across the district, expect coffee tasting to oldskool computer-gaming, Camera Obscura creating to early silent fairy tales.
Live music, shindigs, walking tours, eloquent talks and screen dance.
A sampler of the best international cinema, from acclaimed award-winners to off-beat surprises.
Made over the course of two decades at the BBC in Birmingham, the films of Philip Donnellan are a raw, poetic document of people who were rarely given a voice on television at the time. This is a rare chance to revisit Donnellan’s work, and to hear from some of his contemporaries and collaborators.
As his new feature lands in the UK toting a Golden Lion from Venice, we finally have a chance to stand back and appreciate one of the singular achievements in European cinema over the last twenty years; Roy Andersson’s ‘living’ trilogy. This is amongst the first opportunities to view all three films in the same place, alongside a selection of the director’s formative short work.
With seven competitive programmes vowing for five awards this year (Best Short, WTF, Colour Box, and two Audience Awards), here you’ll find la crème de la crème of the short film. There are also various non-competitive shorts programmes scattered throughout the programme.
For a second year we’ve teamed up with Birmingham City University. During the festival, the University’s Parkside campus will be a hub for filmic ingenuity and innovation featuring an industry day, installations, exhibitions and workshops.
BE KIND AND REWIND as the Scalarama collective recreate a vintage video store for four nights only in Vivid Projects, Birmingham complete with cafe, screening rooms and meeting area.
A series of events spanning a talk with folk legend Peggy Seeger to a field trip discovering Birmingham's hidden world of lichen plains, mushroom groves and moss forests.