Birmingham’s festival strength is definitely in its micro alternative goings on and Flatpack Film Festival is a perfect example.
Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham 19th – 24th April with fringe events throughout the year. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprise.
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 the people behind Flatpack continue to produce projects and provide guest programming for others throughout the year, from the Green Man Festival to Birmingham International Dance Festival.
Recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema.
Flatpack Festival has been described as:
Joyously inventive – Guardian
Magnificently eclectic – Time Out
You can see films in some of the city’s most atmospheric buildings and other highlights include a working, vintage Sixties mobile cinema (now with digital projection) that will host a programme inspired by the places it stops at – Daily Telegraph
Innovative Birmingham jamboree – Independent on Sunday
Clockwork Orange meets Telly Savalas in the Rum Runner whilst dancing with a Brum Burger in The Electric Cinema – Grapevine Birmingham