“By any standard one of the UK’s most ambitious and creatively programmed festivals” – Sight and Sound

Flatpack is a BAFTA qualifying festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. 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).

Recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema. We are firm believers in creating a sense of occasion, exploring the fertile territory where film bumps up against other artforms, and showing people things they might not otherwise have seen.

“Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival” (Lonely Planet) is once again open for submissions, so if you have a brilliant short film, take a look at the rules and terms, and submit! We’ll be in touch by the end of March 2022 to let you know whether your work has been selected or not. As always the programme will celebrate film and the moving image in all its permutations, from animated curiosities, to weird and wonderful music promos, to celluloid installations, to shorts for kids, to cerebral video essays, with just about everything in between.

We are a BAFTA qualifying festival, meaning successful submissions could go on to win a BAFTA!

Our short film strand currently has 8 coveted awards up for grabs:

– the Short Film Award – recognises the most outstanding piece of work across all genres. Selected by the short film jury (£1,000 CASH PRIZE);
– the WTF Award – hails the film which is the most innovative and extraordinary. It recognises vision, boldness, and originality. Selected by the short film jury (£500 CASH PRIZE);
– the Audience Award – the crowds’ favourite;
- the Optical Sound Short Film Award - the very best short selected from our music/sound/audio-inspired strand (£300 CASH PRIZE);
- the Screendance Award - the best short selected from our strand incorporating dance and movement (£500 CASH PRIZE);
- the Mid-length Film Award - the best film over 20 minutes (£300 CASH PRIZE);
– the Colour Box Award – celebrating the best short in our family programme awarded by the Colour Box jury (£300 CASH PRIZE);
– the Colour Box Audience Award – the kids’ favourite.

All successful submissions will be included in the programme at Flatpack no.16.

Submissions should be:

– under 20 minutes long for the short film and screendance submissions, and between 20-40 for the mid-length submissions;
– completed since January 2020;
– fully cleared, including any music rights.

We screen all types and genres of film but you can see the winners from the last festival on our website: https://flatpackfestival.org.uk/news/flatpack-2021-award-winners/

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on Monday 31 January 2022. The full programme will be announced in April 2022 and we’ll let you know whether you have been successful or not before the programme goes live.

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  • Liam White

    Fantastic experience being a part of Flatpack 2021, and so chuffed our film DOUGHNUT was selected. Excellent communication from Lucile, and the line-up of films that DOUGHNUT was a part of was so strong, we were genuinely honoured to be in such company.
    Looking forward to submitting to the 2022 edition, and hoping all this blows over in time so we can enjoy a physical version.
    - Liam White

    June 2021
  • It was a great film festival and I was very honored to have my work at this festival. I will do my best to participate in this film festival again.

    June 2021
  • AVATÂRA AYUSO

    One of the best festivals we have ever interacted with. Great communication, lots of care en reviewing all films. We are extremely honored to be part of this year's festival with The Protocol. All the best to all films!

    May 2021
  • Kosta Karakashyan

    Beautiful festival organization and a strong program! So happy to have been a part of it.

    September 2020
  • Flatpack is a well organized, well programmed, and hospitable festival. It was a pleasure to see my film in a good program, among many other strong programs at the festival.

    May 2019