Flatpack Festival
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Flatpack 2023 Open Call

Tuesday 13th December, 2022

Following two successful Open Call programmes and six brilliant film events, we’re once again inviting applications from curators and programmers from underrepresented groups for Flatpack 2023 (16-21 May).

Projects proposals can include films, performances, talks, workshops etc., to take place at the next Flatpack Festival. While there's no set theme, we want to celebrate a range of different voices and perspectives at Flatpack 2023, shining a light on artists, filmmakers, and subjects that are underrepresented on and off screen.

See below for details…

Who is this open call for?

The callout is open to anyone from a background that is underrepresented in the film and cultural sector (for example you are from a community that experiences racism, you are neurodiverse, you are from the LGBTQIA+ community, you did not go to university, you had free school meals as a child or you are a disabled person). There is currently a lack of diversity within film exhibition, and we’re committed to change by taking steps towards a more inclusive, interesting, and representative cultural sector.

This year we would like to specifically address the underrepresentation of Black curators and exhibitors in the film and cultural sector. Two projects will be selected for Flatpack 2023, one of which is open only to Black curators, exhibitors, artists and creatives.

All applicants must be based in the UK.

What are we looking for?

We're looking to fund two projects - they could be short film programmes, conversational events, audiovisual interventions, unseen docs, archive finds, retrospectives, family screenings - whatever you like, surprise us. We would expect applicants to demonstrate some previous experience and/or knowledge of programming and curating, and all projects must be viable (i.e. some prior research should have been done into the availability of personnel/films and the project needs to be deliverable on a relatively small budget). We’re particularly interested in projects that present films in playful and unusual ways.

What money is involved?

Two proposals will be taken forward to be presented at the 17th Flatpack Festival in Birmingham (16-21 May 2023), with each project given a budget of £1,000 to cover curation time. Technicals, rights, venues, and marketing will be covered separately.

How do I apply?

Download and fill out this short application form (Word Doc) along with an equal opportunity form (Word Doc) by Tuesday 31 January 2023. We will also accept video presentations or voice memos if you prefer to send your proposal that way, and we're happy to chat if you want to discuss your idea or find out more: submissions@flatpackfestival.org.uk

For more information on Flatpack, download this Word Doc: Flatpack Background Information

How are the applications assessed?

The applications will be assessed by the Flatpack team and a former successful open call grantee. The applications will be assessed on ambition, originality, feasibility, relevance, and audience-appeal of the projects.

We will let all applicants know the outcome by Monday 13 February 2023.

Whilst we invite potential applicants to get in touch with us with any questions regarding their project proposal or the application process, we are unfortunately unable to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What events have been selected previously?

A Time to Rebel - a screening of two films about South Asian identity in the UK, followed by a discussion, and ‘daytimer’
AIDS on Film - two documentaries exploring the AIDS epidemic followed by discussions with director Peter Friedman and activist Peter Tatchell
Here I Come - a screening of Season 1 of Russian queer web-series Here I Come with satelite Q&A with director Andrey Fenøčka
After Life - a screening of Hirokazu Koreeda’s 1988 film After Life, with commissioned essay written by writer Polly Barton, and limited edition A3 Riso artwork by illustrator Joey Yu
Where the Restless Oceans Pound - three short films exploring decolonial approaches to the ocean, with prerecorded Q&As with directors

What did previous awardees say?

"Honestly, it's been a total pleasure working with the Flatpack team over the past few months on this. As I think I mentioned to some of you over the weekend, I was really put off working in film curation by some of the nastiness I'd encountered previously. With Flatpack, however, I've felt constantly supported and trusted throughout the process."

“Thank you again for such a great opportunity, it was an amazing experience.”

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