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The Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham’s eclectic film bonanza launches an exclusive online programme for 2020.

Introducing Flatpack 2020: The home entertainment edition!

Like many other events, Flatpack Film Festival had to cancel their fourteenth edition scheduled for May. But fear not! Their acclaimed and BAFTA-qualifying short film competition is back and adapted for online – with the usual variety of animation, documentaries and inventive weirdness available to audiences, and for the first time globally.

For the Family

Two special family friendly Colour Box programmes have been curated with a range of activities to try out at home. Kicking off on Friday 1 May, a new programme will launch every day for a fortnight and all free to enjoy. For more information CLICK HERE

Tune in for the family friendly Colour Box programmes from 1st May

A number of exclusives and premieres can be enjoyed:

Specifically curated around themes that seem to have taken on a whole new meaning recently-

Living in the digital age (The Human Factor)

Passing a threshold and returning as something else (The Other Side)

Getting to know ourselves through the places we call home (Between Worlds)

Looking after each other (Come Together)

Changing perspectives (Seeing Things Differently)

The hugely talented established and emerging filmmakers explore our human condition and helping us to find meaning in chaos and beauty in the mundane. 

The Other Side a Creative Evolution by Yung Sung Song

Many contributors will be sharing interviews and special insights into the making of their work, and having cancelled their trips to Birmingham the festival’s committed jury members will now be judging the work from their laptops at home.

Seven prizes in total are up for grabs, and you can also have your say by casting a vote in the audience awards for both the grownup and Colour Box programmes. As well as the week-long programmes on the Flatpack site, the festival will also be hosting a number of live streamed events via Youtube.

Screendance, Divided We Scroll by Klaas Diersmann

Live streamed YouTube events for your diary:

2 May, 8pm: TASTER MENU – offbeat highlights from the short film competition  

9 May, 10:30am: COLOUR BOX LIVE – Saturday matinee entertainment for all ages, with a chance to make while you watch  

16 May, 8pm: AWARDS NIGHT – all the winners unveiled

Flatpack is a registered charity and has been presenting fresh, playful film events in Birmingham and beyond since the festival emerged from a monthly filmnight in a Digbeth pub fifteen years ago.

The Home Entertainment edition will be presented entirely free of charge, but viewers are encouraged to donate and support Flatpack’s work.


Flatpack Projects is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the British Film Institute.