BCU Swipeside Festival 2015

Flatpack Film Festival is now in full swing and for the second year, the festival has worked alongside a team of visual communication, media and art students from Birmingham City University  to curate and deliver a new strand: Swipeside.


Swipeside runs for one week from 23-30 March in the brand new Parkside Building and has a number of exciting events, talks, screenings and workshops all taking place.

There will also be a host of national and international guests attending the official launch in the Parkside Gallery on the 24 March, including Nobuaki Doi and Mirai Mizue, Priit PärnCyriak, BAFTA-winners Will Anderson & Ainslie HendersonChris Randall, and Eimhin McNamara. Continue reading

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Flatpack Film Festival 2015…

As the Flatpack film festival 2015 begins, here are just a few reasons as to why you should check it out…

  1. Flatpack held it’s first festival back in 2006, making this year its ninth event! Oh-Willy_stil-051
  2. The festival is taking place across 30 venues in Birmingham including BCU Parkside, The Mockingbird, Impact Hub, Custard Factory, Hackney Picturehouse, St Paul’s Church, Great Western Arcade, and Old Joint Stock Theatre.8990465782_c62e856eba_b
  3. This year Flatpack’s organisers are expecting a turnout of just over 9000 people across the whole festival.Untitled
  4. Animation, documentaries, artist’s film and installations as well as shorts are  just a few of the listed categories for 2015, with 120 films expected to screen across the festival.David Bowie is - V&A Exhibition 2013
  5. Winner of three Cannes Critic’s Award ‘The Tribe’ will be screened on the 22nd March 2015 at The Electric. The entire cast for the film is deaf and mute therefore the ‘dialogue’ throughout the film is in complete sign language with no subtitles or voice over. TheTribe
  6. Since the early years of Flatpack, the production has been soundtracked by WFMU which is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. In honour of flatpack station Manager Ken will be broadcasting a special one-off show from Birmingham to mark the UK premiere of Sex and Broadcasting.Dave_the_Spazz



Parkside Gallery Hosts Flatpack Festival’s Amusement Park Exhibition

Flatpack Film Festival kick-starts this March and has teamed up for the second year with Birmingham City University.

The Parkside campus will be acting as a hub for filmic ingenuity and innovation featuring an industry day, installations, exhibitions and workshops throughout the festival. (Flatpack)

For two weeks from the 16 March 2015 the Parkside Gallery will be exclusively hosting the Amusement Park Exhibition, which has never before been shown in the UK. Produced by Kimmo Välimäki the attraction looks at exploring the relationship between animation and interactivity from a group of contemporary Finnish animators working beyond film.

Electric_Soul_Screenshot2-web The official launch event for the exhibition will be held on Tuesday 24 March from 6pm and will feature Joni Männistö and Lucas Pedersen’s Electric Soul, in which viewers are able to create their own electronic soundtrack to a short film; Garbage Whirl, Kaisa Penttila’s immersive life-size zoetrope made from a carousel ride; and Aiju Salminen’s Fortune Teller, which monitors its audience and spits out prophecies.

Elemental created by Visual Design student William Marler and Ben Weatherill from Birmingham Conservatoire, is a multi-projector installation that will show alongside the exhibition at the event launch for one night only. The installation which is a part of the Frontiers Festival, fuses the four elements with advanced technologies to create an immersive projection-mapping experience.Electric_Soul_Screenshot-web

Entry for the event is free for students with valid ID cards and more information on the event can be found on the Flatpack website.