Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

Flatpack 2022 - Save the dates - 17-22 May!

Thursday 24th February, 2022

In just a few months we’ll be launching our first in-person festival since 2019(!) We’ll be releasing our full programme in March, but in the meantime, here are a few things to get excited about for 2022…

Image credit: Matt Crockett

Brand new comedy strand

We'll be kicking off the festival with an in-conversation with Brummie legend Joe Lycett and Shaun Keaveny, as well as screening Joe's new short film. This will launch a whole programme of films, performances and discussions to get you chuckling, as we explore the place where comedy meets moving image.


You’ll find bits of Birmingham’s cinema history scattered throughout this year’s programme as part of our new project Wonderland. We’ll be delving into how cinema has shaped the streets, social lives and dreams of Brummies over the past century - from fairground film shows right up to the birth of the multiplex and beyond.

Live cinema

We've got some really special live cinema events for you this year, including the unveiling of our latest commission - the world premiere live score performance by dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything Haiku Salut and pianist Meg Morley, accompanying the brilliant 1930 German classic People on Sunday - and Japanese cult musician ICHI will be performing a unique musical live score in his inimitable way to some classic anime from the 60s, 70s, 80s.

Optical Sound

We're excited to welcome Austrian sound and visual artist Jörg Piringer (whose abstract visual text/sound-compositions are created in real-time through custom written software) to the festival as part of our Optical Sound programme, which also includes the UK premiere of Laguna Beach by Belgian 5-piece Frankie - an uncategorisable punk puppet show incorporating mechanical dioramas and interventions.

And more...

All this, plus the return of our BAFTA-qualifying short film programme, a selection of features, mid-length and screendance films, and handpicked shorts and hands-on workshops as part of our family programme (including the opportunity to make an animated loop using the largest zoetrope you’ve ever seen!)

So pop 17-22 May in your diaries, and sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to get all the festival updates. We'll see you soon...

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