Flatpack Festival is back! Having just opened on the 14th March for its 6th festival, Flatpack brings you a jam-packed line-up with everything from cinematic delights, to live music, workshops and family friendly shorts and animations.
With the animation strand being one of the highlights on the Flatpack calendar, we’ve decided to give you a break down of what’s in store for you when you get there with five highlights that you won’t want to miss.
Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
In a nutshell: Puppetology is showcasing a great bundle of puppet-related films including Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Las Palmas, Brick Novax’s Diary and the UK premiere of El Arca by Chilean duo Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña.
When? Friday 16th March, 8pm at Custard Factory
2. BORO IN THE BOX
In a nutshell: A screening of Bertrand Mandico’s new experimental biopic of maverick auteur Walerian Borowczyk and a talk with Polish cinema expert Daniel Bird who will be putting his work in context.
Boro in the Box by Walerian Borowczyk
When? Saturday 17th March, 3:30pm at the Electric
3. 16MM CARTOON ROCK
Clive A Smith’s The Devil and Daniel Mouse
In a nutshell: Here you’ll get the rare chance to see some cult 70s cartoons including Harry Nilsson parable The Point and Faustation animation The Devil and Daniel Mouse.
When? Sunday 18th March, midday at the Custard Factory
4. EXPLORING THE ATTIC WITH SUZAN PITT
In a nutshell: The surrealist Californian artist and animator Suzan Pitt will be in Birmingham and providing a rare retrospective of her work.
Still from Pitt’s 1978 underground classic Asparagus
When? Sunday 18th March, 3:30pm at mac
5. THE UNCANNY WOLRD OF ROBERT MORGAN
Fresh from the Sundance/Rotterdam success of his new short BOBBY YEAH, Morgan will present a selection of unsettling shorts which zigzag between animation and live action.
Bobby Yeah, Robert Morgans new short.
When? Sunday 18th March, 8:20pm at mac
Other things to look out for include this year’s round-up of world animation which includes student work like Julia Pott’s Belly and heartwarming Argentine short Luminaris. There’s also the chance to make your own mini film at the GIF SHOP hosted by Belgian artist Pieterjan Grandry.
P.S. Don’t forget Animation Forum’s own event this Friday, Shorts on Walls!
To find out more about the festival, visit www.flatpackfestival.org.uk or follow them on twitter @flatpack