** Alas, Flatpack: Assemble has now drawn to a close. It’s been an amazing couple of years. You joined us in droves for Bride of Frankenstein and American Werewolf in London at Dudley Castle; we’ve supported budding young film programmers to host their own screenings with Build Your Own Film Night and we’ve loved telling you all about the brilliant film stuff happening in the Midlands through our monthly mailout Filmwire. Our highlights are in fact far too great in number to list them all here. Thanks so much to everyone who has been involved in and supported Flatpack: Assemble – we had a blast, and we hope you did too.
And fear not, because when one door closes…
Flatpack will continue to champion film across the Midlands together with Broadway Cinema in Nottingham through the new (and very exciting) Film Hub Midlands! We’ll be on hand to provide funding, training and resources to film exhibitors in the region, as well as working to grow film audiences and bringing film to more people in more places.
You can read a bit more about Film Hub Midlands here, and keep an eye out for more information (coming soon…)**
Since spring 2016, Flatpack have been working across the West Midlands as part of a new partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). The project is called Flatpack: Assemble and the aim is to help build a more thriving, connected film community in the region. So what will this mean in practice?
More going on
Along with an increase in Flatpack’s year-round activity, Flatpack: Assemble will aim to build partnerships that will help increase the range and ambition of film activity in the West Midlands. In particular, there will be a focus on existing gaps – certain audiences or areas that could benefit from a wider variety of cinema. Other priorities will include special events, family programming and archive screenings.
It’s not always easy to find out about local film events in the West Midlands, or track down a particular release before it’s disappeared from our screens. The Flatpack: Assemble team will be looking to tackle this in various ways, including developing a monthly email out which will round up activity across the region and planning events to help connect like-minded film fans.
More advice and support
Whether you’re a full-time venue, a festival or a pop-up film night, throughout the year you’ll find a number of opportunities to share ideas, make connections and get access to training. We also hope to open doors to amateurs who are new to the business of showing films – we want to try and make it as easy as possible to get screenings off the ground by providing access to training and resources to help you plan your first film screening.
We also have this handy roundup of useful links and resources to get you started.
All of the above will be developed in tandem with the Film Audience Network and the South West West Midlands and Northwest Central regional hubs. Flatpack: Assemble will look to complement the work they do, pilot new activity, and encourage more West Midlands organisations to be part of FAN.
More information will be posted here as the project progresses, and in the meantime if you have any questions do get in touch: [email protected].