Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).
At Hackney Picturehouse, BCU Parkside, St Paul's Church, Great Western Arcade, Old Joint Stock Theatre, Home Café Deli, Ort Cafe, The Electric, Hotel du Vin, Birmingham and Midland Institute, John Lee Theatre, mac birmingham, Birmingham REP, The Studio, The Edwardian Tea Room, BMAG, Birmingham and Midland Institute, 6/8 Kafe, The Woodman, BOM, Opus at Cornwall Street, Birmingham Cathedral, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham Conservatoire, Netherton Arts Centre (nac), The Drum, Millennium Point - Atrium, The Bond, Vivid Projects @ MW, Flatpack Kavarna @ MW, Stryx @ MW, Centrala @ MW, Flatpack Palais @ The Bond, The Mockingbird, Impact Hub, Custard Factory, Grand Union @ MW, Minerva Works, A3 Project Space, Spotted Dog,
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But Flatpack is not just a festival – it’s also a state of mind. Actually, that’s overstating it, but it’s not confined to one time or place. The annual event was spawned from the year-round antics of 7 Inch Cinema, originally a mixed-media filmnight at the Rainbow pub in Digbeth. This grew to embrace inflatable cinema-tents, archive detective-work and DVD compilations, and ten years on we continue to produce our own projects and provide guest programming for others throughout the year. Recent collaborators have included Home of Metal, Green Man Festival, First Light, Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Independent Cinema Office.
The kind of work we put on depends upon the project, but recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema. We are firm believers in creating a sense of occasion, exploring the fertile territory where film bumps up against other artforms, and showing people things they might not otherwise have seen.