Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

Thursday 7 - Saturday 16 May

This programme is no longer available

This year’s collection of Optical Sound shorts continues our tradition of films with sound at the forefront. This can entail bizarre music videos, like Meat Dept’s primal Igorrr - Very Noise, or documentaries like Broken Orchestra, which follows the organisation of a concert to ensure hundreds of broken instruments aren’t confined to the scrap heap. Experience clubbing through the ears of the hearing impaired in A Sonic Pulse, discover a genre of music you may not have heard before in Throat Singing in Kangirsuk, and see which of these films will go on to win our coveted Optical Sound award.
.Suitable for ages 15+

How Does This Work?

Just scroll down and click on each video to play. Then when you've worked out your favourite, cast your vote in the form at the bottom and join us at Awards Night on 16 May to find out the winners.

To kick things off, here's an introduction to the programme from our programming team...

A Sonic Pulse

Dir: Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Antoine Marinot (UK 2019, 7 mins)
"Music shouldn't be defined by hearing people because it's about feeling vibrations and frequencies." An exploration of D/deaf people’s experience of electronic music from a visceral, communal and scientific perspective.

Igorrr - Very Noise

Dir: Meat Dept (France, US 2019, 3 mins)
An intense and eccentric CGI music video for French artist Igorrr's track Very Noise.


Dir: Ross Hogg (UK 2019, 5 mins)
Separate projections combine, unifying, becoming whole.

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

Dir: Eva Kaukai, Manon Chamberland (Canada 2019, 3 mins)
Eva and Manon practice the art of throat singing in their native arctic land, in the small village of Kangirsuk.

Broken Orchestra

Dir: Charlie Tyrell (US 2019, 11 mins)
When the Philadelphia public-school system began losing almost all the funding for its music-education programs in 2007, thousands of instruments in need of repair were forced into retirement, and community members moved to action.

Bonus features

A Sonic Pulse: Interview with Dorothy Allen-Pickard and Antoine Marinot

We're thrilled to bring you these films as part of Flatpack 2020: Home Entertainment Edition. The full programme, intended for the big screen, also included the following films, which are unfortunately unavailable online:

Rise (Dir: Benjamin de Burca, Barbara Wagner, Canada 2019, 20 mins)

Polyfonatura (Dir: Jon Vatne, Norway 2019, 20 mins)

These films are still eligible for the Best Short and WTF award - winners of these awards will be selected by our incredible panel of judges.

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Flatpack Online is absolutely free, but your support will help make future events possible. At the festival, a short film screening ticket usually costs £10 per person or £35 for a week’s pass. Giving this amount will help cover the costs of delivering this programme, so if you're able to please DONATE here. You can also join our recently refreshed membership scheme and become a Flatmate

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