The first glimmer of spring heralds the return of Flatpack Film Festival. The eighth edition of the Birmingham-based film jamboree will be packed with a programme of new features, short films, archive discoveries and events, from canal-side sound walks and artist talks to expanded cinema performances and live soundtracks. Taking place from 20-30 March, it provides the perfect excuse to explore the city.
Hotel La Tour is perfectly situated for visitors to the festival. The majority of the first weekend of the eleven-day event takes place around Colmore Business District, a short walk into the city, with silent film at Birmingham Cathedral, films for children at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and free screenings in cafes across the area. The second weekend will take place mainly a stone’s throw from the hotel across Digbeth and Eastside in the area’s iconic Custard Factory, as well as pubs, bars, art spaces and pop up venues.
Highlights of this year’s programme include:
THE WORLD MADE ITSELF, an immersive performance from LA-based artist and performer Miwa Matreyek, who will imagine the origins of the earth by interacting with her own animations. A UK premiere.
PHONO-CINÉMA-THÉÂTRE, a recently restored treasure trove of 1900s film featuring theatre and variety stars of the day.
CAFÉ NEURO, a weekend of talks, screenings and activities that will exploit recent developments in brain-imaging and eye-tracking technology to explore what cinema does to our brains.
The festival takes place across Birmingham.
Fore more details on the programme and ticket details visit the festival website