Dalmatian Animation

It’s our pleasure to support The Busy Parent’s Network celebrating the launch of the first ever picture book of The Hundred ...

Fins and Flippers

April 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Get your sea legs, and prepare to meet some fantastic underwater creatures.

The Red Turtle

We are very excited to announce that Michael Dudok de Wit will be joining us next Friday evening for a Q&A following his beautiful ...

DIY Drive In Cinema

January 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Families build their own make-shift cars and settle into them for Colour Box kids' animated shorts screening.

DIY Drive In Cinema

October 26, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Families will build their own make-shift cars, and settle into them for a screening of Colour Box kids' animated shorts.

Heart Of A Dog

April 24, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm
Part essay, part documentary, and part home movie, Laurie Anderson takes the death of her beloved piano-playing terrier Lolabelle as a ...

Pick ‘n’ Mix 2

April 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The second installment of our Pick 'n' Mix programmes focuses on home-grown talent, highlighting the wealth of filmmaking talent in the UK.

Pick ‘n’ Mix 1

April 20, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Part one of two, showcasing some of the best shorts that have been on the international festival circuit over the last twelve months.

Heart Bypass

March 28, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Brilliantly Birmingham triple-bill. Features a 1963 public information film about the ringroad, an episode of Rex the Runt, and ...

Riddles & Recitals

March 28, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
An eclectic mix of short films with everything from Oscar-nominated animations to locally made documentaries.

Family Portraits

March 28, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Selection of documentary, animation and drama, with each film offering a distinctive take on the modern family.


March 28, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Our Colour Box day draws to a close with this beautiful animated feature from France.

Shape Shifters

March 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Short films for all ages, with magical transformations including a mum who turns into an aeroplane and cakes that come to life.

Animation and Beyond

March 26, 2015 @ 9:45 am - 7:00 pm
Exploring the ever-growing parameters of animation through screenings, demonstrations and panel discussions, Birmingham City ...

Time + Motion

March 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With Swipeside in full swing, immerse yourself in an evening of live animation and performance. Attractions include the first ever UK ...

Amusement Park opening

March 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Launch event for an exhibition of interactive works from Finland, alongside multi-projector installation Elemental.

The Finnish Line

March 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
To complement new exhibition The Amusement Park, a selection of films by some of the animators whose work features in the show.

Amusement Park

March 16, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 28, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Showing in the UK for the first time, an interactive exhibition from a group of contemporary Finnish animators.

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 ...

Ernest and Celestine

March 31, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Charming, funny animated tale about a forbidden friendship between a bear and a mouse, by the duo behind A Town Called Panic.

Out of the Inkwell

March 31, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hailed as the master of Chinese animation, Te Wei (1915–2010) was a pioneering animator and cartoonist. He developed a brushstroke ...

The Phantom Tollbooth

March 30, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The late, great Chuck Jones' only full-length feature comes in the form of this charming oddity.

Colour Box: Bugs and Beasts

March 30, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Cunning birds, wriggly insects, and singing monsters light up this selection of animated shorts.

Cartoon Rock

March 30, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Get Saturday started off on the right track, with free films and free cereal, as we turn the Palais into one big living room.

Animation Station: Make Some Noise

March 30, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
SOUND EFFECTS WORKSHOPS Laura Kloss and Adam Mendez (Foley Sound Recordist ‘Fantastic Mr Fox‘) present “MAKE SOME ...

Natural Habitats

March 29, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 7:50 pm
Our second animation programme promises both joyous and sombre takes on life.

Moomins and the Comet Chase

March 29, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Those delightful little hippo-like creatures are back and in delightful puppet-form.

Animation Station: Make Some Movies

March 29, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
HAND-DRAWN ANIMATION WORKSHOPS A chance to make your very own animated film with Peter Millard and Ben Cady who will be delivering ...

Eastern Lo-Fi

March 28, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dir: Various, 80 mins There are some trailers which make viewing the complete film a new life-priority. When we saw the teaser for ...

Shynola: Collected Works

March 28, 2013 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
A chance to take stock of Shynola’s terrific back-catalogue, peek inside their sketch-books, and get a live director’s commentary.

Edgeless Shapes

March 27, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The first of our animation programmes concentrates on the more hypnotic side of the art with an assortment of playful, surreal, and ...

Consuming Spirits

March 24, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Beautifully detailed 16mm animation about a rust-belt town, fifteen years in the making.

The Gatekeepers

March 23, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A documentary like nothing else at this year's festival with insights into Israel's security agency from the people who used to run it.

Exploring The Attic With Suzan Pitt

March 18, 2012 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Rare UK retrospective for surrealist animator Suzan Pitt, who will be visiting Flatpack to talk us through her work.


March 17, 2012 @ 7:45 pm - 9:20 pm
Acerbic animated feature from Spain, based on the award-winning graphic novel by Paco Rocas.

Through the Looking Glass

March 17, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Always a joy to put together, Flatpack’s roundup of new animation is consistently one of our most popular programmes.

Boro in the Box

March 17, 2012 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Imaginative celebration of the boundary-jumping work and life of Polish auteur Walerian Borowczyk.

The Gif Shop

March 16, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temporary record shop where you can create your own looping animation and play it on a record deck.

Flatpack teaser

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

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 ...

Piercing I

March 27, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Liu Jian sold off his flat and devoted three years of his life to making China’s first independent animated feature.

Celestial Navigations

March 27, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
A speeded-up voyage through the mind-boggling CV of artist and occasional Sesame St animator Al Jarnow.

Eleanor’s Secret

March 27, 2011 @ 10:00 am - 11:20 am
When his aunt leaves him the key to a secret room, Nat discovers a library where all of the books come to life.


March 26, 2011 @ 4:30 pm - 6:25 pm
Takeshi Koike's feature debut is a full-throttle anime adventure about an intergalactic car-race.

Colour Box 2

March 26, 2011 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Family programme of computer animation, including Pigeon Impossible and Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing.

Lichter Films

March 26, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm
Selection of animation, documentary and experimental work from the Lichter film festival in Frankfurt.

Colour Box 1

March 26, 2011 @ 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm
A programme of shorts for younger viewers, featuring whale-birds, walking acorns and naughty clouds.

Busy Being Born

March 26, 2011 @ 11:00 am - 12:40 pm
Shorts, animation and archive clips of a natal nature, from Stan Brakhage to the Immaculate Conception.

Fantastic Mr Fox

March 26, 2011 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Three farmers vs. one very dapper gentleman thief, in a beautiful puppet adaptation of Roald Dahl's tale.

Mind Bombs

March 25, 2011 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Pulsating shorts and music videos from a new generation of psychedelic animators. Introduced by David Wilson.

Pixel Visions

March 25, 2011 @ 8:30 pm - 10:10 pm
A programme of mind-boggling early computer animation by the likes of Lillian Schwartz and John Whitney.

Too Much Information

March 24, 2011 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Some of the finest world animation from the past year or so, including the latest from David O'Reilly.

Shorts on Walls

March 24, 2011 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Roundup of the best new animation from the region, featuring George Best and a man inside a cat.

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 ...

Celestial Navigations

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

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 ...

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 ...

Animated vegetables

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

Sky Crawlers

March 28, 2010 @ 3:00 pm - 5:10 pm
A group of adolescent fighter-pilots (‘Kildren’) are part of a mysterious, ongoing war in this adaptation of a series of ...

The Secret of Kells

March 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Oscar-nominated animation imagining the story behind one of Ireland's national treasures.


March 28, 2010 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Classic early shorts from a pioneer of puppet animation.

A Plasticine Party

March 27, 2010 @ 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
An Eastside knees-up featuring Stuart Braithwaite, Moon Unit, Jackdaw with Crowbar and free plasticine.

Channel 1

March 27, 2010 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The best new animated shorts from around the world, including Vessela Dantcheva's Anna Blume.

How to Animate Your Own Vegetable

March 27, 2010 @ 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
A guide to creating your own simple stop-frame animation, by one of the people behind cult CBBC show OOglies.


March 27, 2010 @ 1:30 pm - 3:40 pm
Hallucinatory claymation, and a portrait of the man who made it.


March 27, 2010 @ 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm
An inventive crop of puppet-infested shorts and music videos.

Short and Sweet

March 25, 2010 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Free screening presented by London's only weekly short film night.

Channel 3

March 15, 2009 @ 10:30 pm - 11:50 pm
As with the last Flatpack, we close the lid on our shorts programmes with a round-up of some of the best animation we’ve come ...

Moomins and the Midsummer Madness

March 15, 2009 @ 8:30 pm - 9:20 pm
A volcano erupts in Moomin Valley and heavy floods force the Moomin family to leave their house. They hitch a ride on a mysterious ...

Cyrk_Points and Slashes

March 15, 2009 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
When not designing things like the Flatpack brochure Dave Gaskarth puts on events as part of the Cyrk collective, exploring the outer ...

Sita Sings The Blues

March 15, 2009 @ 4:00 am - 5:40 am
Here’s one way to get over a relationship. Dumped by her boyfriend after he met someone else on a business trip to India, ...

Shorts on Walls

March 15, 2009 @ 1:30 am - 3:00 am
A special Flatpack edition of Shorts on Walls, an occasional gathering convened by Animation Forum WM where animators from the region ...

BAFTA Animated Shorts nominees

March 15, 2009 @ 12:00 am - 1:15 am
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in partnership with ScreenWM is proud to present a screening of the nominated ...

Music Box

March 14, 2009 @ 10:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Films you can dance to! A selection of short films and TV clips which all feature great music, starting with a classic Bagpuss story. ...


March 14, 2009 @ 9:00 pm - 10:40 pm
Last year 7 Inch Cinema were invited to come up with something crafty to complement the ‘Fabric of Myth’ exhibition at ...


March 14, 2009 @ 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
After being given a camera, Komaneko discovers that animation can be really fun; and hard work too. Later on she takes her camera out ...

Mystery Train

March 14, 2009 @ 4:30 am - 7:30 am
It’s Friday night. To mark this momentous occasion, Floodgate Kino will be opening its doors for an evening of performance, film ...

Antville Video Selecter

March 13, 2009 @ 4:00 am - 5:30 am
videos.antville is a collective music video blog which we’ve been plundering for some time in search of promo gold. As with many ...