Though it is known as a Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival is more than just about films.

Flatpack is an annual ten-day jamboree of rewatchable films featuring short films, independent films, documentaries, animations, children-oriented films and live cinema. It also supports the emerging filmmakers by featuring film-making talks and tutorials, as well as awarding the brilliant filmmakers who produced a stand-out pieces.

Take Me High + Brumburger from Original Patty Menat Regency Wharf, Birmingham

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Take Me High + Brumburger from Original Patty Menat Regency Wharf, Birmingham

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Besides the films, the festival is compact with various events including Colour Box (children’s events), Optical Sound (ear cinema), Unpacked (talks, demonstrations and inventions), Docs (story-making), Birmingham ’68 (pop, protest and play), Shorts (bite-sized inventions), Features and other numerous surprises.

Lovely crowd of people for last night's Build Your Own Filmnight gathering at Impact Hub Birmingham. Look forward to seeing how this develops…

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Friday, June 17, 2016

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Set in a culturally and royally metropolitan borough of Birmingham city in the West Midlands of England, the twelve-year-old festival has been recognized across the world. The festival even received praises from different popular publications where The Guardian described it as “UK’s most open-minded festival”, The Independent as “UK’s most creatively curated film festival”, and ‘Time Out’ as “magnificently eclectic.”

Millions Like Us + performance from City of Birmingham Brass Bandat Greenwood Academy, Castle Vale

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Digbeth’s Rainbow Arena, a 7-inch cinema was traditionally the venue where cinematic treats take place. However, the festival grew out to screen films to different venues in Birmingham city center such as The Electric Cinema, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre and Ikon Gallery.

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Monday, August 7, 2017

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Monday, August 7, 2017

Moving to the most exciting part of the festival, the “Flatpack Short Film Awards.” For the aspiring participants, the submission of the entries begins as early as March. The strand is divided into 5 coveted awards namely; the Short Film Award (most outstanding film among all genres), the WTF Award (most innovative and extraordinary), the Audience Award (audience’s favorite), the Colour Box Award (best family-oriented short film), and the Colour Box Audience Award (children’s favorite).

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Posted by Flatpack Film Festival on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The whole film festival is organized by Flatpack Projects and is supported by Arts Council England where the current director is Ian Francis.

Photo credit: birminghamfestivals.com