Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. It draws 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).
The Palais is the beating heart of Flatpack, a place where festival-goers can meet, have a piece of cake, pick up a brochure or watch a film. It’s not just a screening space though –if you’d popped in last year you might have seen an OHP Draw-Off, a magic lantern show, Brooklyn psych-rockers White Hills, or a multi-artform tag-team retelling of Citizen Kane. 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.
They have a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to be able to open the Flatpack Palais as festival hub for 2013. They’re hoping to be able to create a space for filmmakers, industry guests and members of the public to relax, socialise, enjoy art work and catch some film screenings. The Hub has almost entirely been used for free events and they’re hoping to keep it this way to encourage the inclusive nature of the festival. However, financial backing is needed to give them the means to continue to do this. A link to the kickstarter page can be found here for more informtaion.