Flatpack 2016

The tenth Flatpack Film festival is almost upon us. This will be my third year going to it, with last years being amazing I expect this year's to be spectacular! With a little less than 2 weeks to go the festival will be kicking off slightly later than usual (19-24 April 2016), in venues across Birmingham. Based on the tweets from the preview event, festival attendees can expect the usual boundary-defying cinematic fun and games. You can get an idea of what's in store from the video below. Yet again I've opted to get a Flatpass to get the most out of the festival and go to pretty much anything I want to while it's on as long as there's a seat. Additionally it allowed me to book 5 guaranteed events which I'm really looking forward to after filtering through ...

The Tribe

Flatpack's unique offering of film you wouldn't usually get to see in cinemas usually is highlighted with this fantastic Ukranian piece from Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The description on Flatpack's website says the following: A stand-out entry in Cannes last year, this startling debut has provoked strong reactions at every screening since. The story of Sergey, a young man working his way up the ranks of a brutal teenage gang, The Tribe is given added potency by being played out in a deaf boarding school, with all the characters communicating in sign language. There are no subtitles and so gradually we become much more attuned to faces and gestures, while the filmmakers’ deft use of sound and Steadicam helps to make for a compelling, discomfiting ride. This was enough to sell me on going to see it but I don't think ...

For those who missed my brief coverage of Flatpack last year it's a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. Drawing in 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). I went last year as a little bit of an experiment as I had only just heard about it and I immediately fell in love with it. Now entering it's 9th year as a festival the latest one looks to be a treat. The kind of work they put on depends upon the project, but recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema. They're firm believers in creating a sense ...

Kickstarter Film Fest

For the past 2 years Kickstarter has been helping UK artists and filmmakers bring their projects to life. The team at Kickstarter have previously screened a film festival 4 times in Brooklyn with an assortment these films and animations from all over the world. For the past week however for the first time they brought the festival to London with a load of events and of course screenings. As most of you who have followed my blog from the start know, Kickstarter had a big hand to play in me actually starting one after I backed Ghost which is the platform my blog is hosted on. Over the past year or so I have backed a few projects including a film project called Kung Fury. When Kickstarter sent out an email inviting all backers to the festival I jumped at ...