With the Spring drawing closer, festival preparations are getting well underway, and this year we’re hoping you guys can help us out with our Kickstarter campaign!
Each year we host the Festival Palais- the beating heart of Flatpack, a place where festival-goers, filmmakers and industry guests alike can meet, relax and catch a film. However, it’s far from just a screening space; last year’s events alone ranged from an OHP Draw-Off, a magic lantern show, Brooklyn psych-rockers White Hills, and a multi-artform tag-team retelling of Citizen Kane. Very far from just a screening space! In the past this hub has found its home in an old dance studio, a gallery space, and a warehouse. In 2013 it will be in the lovely nineteenth century building which once housed the Deritend Free Library, now part of Digbeth’s Custard Factory complex just south of Birmingham city centre.
We want to keep this hub free for our festival go-ers, but to do this we need your support. It’s not cheap to put together this eclectic and exciting amalgamation of cafe, venue, bar and screen space… but if anyone can pull it off- it’s Flatpack Festival. The Kickstarter money will be used to pay for technical equipment, seating, signage, and most excitingly all the great things that we’re hoping to put on in the building during the festival: from short film programmes to live bands to psychedelic poster shows.
I spent three years in Birmingham at University (BIAD) and somehow managed to miss Flatpack Festival every year. This year, I was living and working in Oxford at the time of Flatpack and ventured back to Birmingham as a tourist. Best.Decision.Ever. I was determined to make the most of Flatpack 2012; scouring the programme with friends, planning our schedules, and spending a pretty penny on tickets. I saw film/moving image experiences in all kinds of unusual places, including a shopping arcade, a floating barge, a cathedral, a handful of coffee shops, a warehouse, and much more. My favourite screening was the spine-tingling beautiful The IceBook, which I hope is set for a return to Flatpack 2013.
Flatpack Festival was without a doubt one of my 2012 highlights (see a few non-CiB blog posts I wrote about Flatpack here.) I can honestly say it was a contributing factor for me making the move back to Birmingham in May. I really would recommend Flatpack to anyone; it caters to all tastes. I’d encourage you to spend your Christmas money wisely, and plan a holiday in Birmingham next year, between 21st-31st March 2013. You won’t find anything like Flatpack anywhere else in the world.
Enough gushing from me, please click the link here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/640215839/flatpack-palais