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12-02-2010

News from the organisers of Flatpack Festival, one of the region’s more innovative cultural happenings.

Flatpack Festival is described as a colourful pile-up of screenings and events in venues across Birmingham. This year sees the fourth annual festival taking place from 23rd-28th March. It’ll include animation, music documentaries, artists in film and video, audio-visual performance, discussions, parties, installations, and a bus-tour to art deco Odeons. Online booking opens from Thursday 25 February.

In addition to the festival, organisers 7 inch cinema are organising a couple of additional events.

DOC/FEST PITCH WORKSHOP
23rd-24th March, the Bond in Digbeth, Birmingham

A two-day event from Sheffield Doc/Fest, where film-makers have a chance to develop documentary ideas with input from producers and commissioners. Places are £30 and are only open to filmmakers based in the West Midlands. If you’re interested write to charlie@sidf.co.uk with a one-page proposal before Friday 5th March.
www.sheffdocfest.com/view/pitchworkshops

SCREENING ARTISTS MOVING IMAGE
Friday 26 March, the Bond in Digbeth, Birmingham

This one-day course is being run by Independent Cinema Office, and is aimed at people who’d like to screen more artists’ work as part of their programme. It also costs £30 and there are three places left. Visit the ICO site to sign up:
www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/training

Meanwhile, events confirmed for the festival include:

23rd March, St Martin’s Church in the Bull Ring
SUNRISE with a new live score
F.W. Murnau’s astonishing 1927 film, accompanied by jazz duo Alcyona Mick and Robin Fincker.

24th March at Ikon Eastside, Digbeth
WALKING DOWN BRISTOL STREET
A look at Birmingham’s buzzing cultural scene in the 1930s, with guests including David Lodge.

Friday 26 March at the Rainbow Warehouse, Digbeth
SYNTH EASTWOOD: FAST FORWARD
The Dublin collective present an eye-popping night of audio-visual antics. Featuring Clark (Warp), Gangpol & Mit (Pictoplasma) and youtube renegade Hugh Cooney.

Friday 26/Sat 27 March at Ikon Eastside, Digbeth
JULIEN MAIRE: DEMI-PAS
Mesmerising performance using modified slide projections. Maire will also be presenting Digit in Birmingham Central Library.

Saturday 27 March, starting at the Electric Cinema
ODEON BUS TOUR
A fascinating journey back into the 1930s with historian Chris Upton, to the birthplace of Oscar Deutsch’s empire.

Sunday 28 March at VIVID in Digbeth
BELBURY YOUTH CLUB
A Sunday helping of haunted audio and spooky 70s TV from electronica label Ghost Box records.

As with all festivals, Flatpack would be impossible without volunteers. If you want to get uinvoved., write to info@7inch.org.uk or get more details here.

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