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Event : In Conversation – A Snapshot of Chinese Cinema Today

Join us for an afternoon of short presentations and informal discussion with Rachel Marsden, Lucy Sheen, ...

Event : Fake Thackray

John Watterson, aka ‘Fake Thackray’, who has done a terrific job of keeping Jake Thackray's songs alive ...

Event : The Strange Little Cat

This one-of-a-kind domestic drama marks the arrival of a refreshing talent in Swiss-born filmmaker Ramon ...

Event : Mirage Men

This engagingly deadpan documentary flips the script on UFO conspiracy theories, positing that the US ...

Event : Kino Bingo

As we approach the end of Café Neuro, it’s time to give your brain a work-out. Using multiple 16mm ...

Event : Maia Conran: Here is the Yard

Grand Union welcomes London-based artist Maia Conran for a solo exhibition featuring a selection of new ...

Event : The Magic Cinema

The Magic Cinema is a DIY film event that gives local filmmakers a chance to show their work and be ...

Event : Solipsism Cinema

A solo performance from Bristol-based sound artist Stephen Cornford, last in Birmingham with a van-full ...

Event : Rough Seas and Unquiet Waters

One of cinema’s first spectacular coups was its ability to show water in movement. This programme of ...

Event : Belladonna of Sadness

An explicit odyssey based on a French novel about Satanism and witchcraft in the middle ages, with a ...

Event : In the Soup

Watching Alexandre Rockwell’s terrific Little Feet made us want to revisit his film In The Soup, one of ...

Event : Sensateria

When this legendary psychedelic clubnight made its return last year we jumped at the chance to have them ...

Event : Studio Animators in Conversation

How to make the transition from aspiring bedroom operation to fully-fledged animation business.

Event : Birmingham on Tap

On this leisurely cross-town ramble historian Chris Upton (Newman University) will trace the bloodstream ...

Event : Freida Abtan

Freida Abtan is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist and composer living in London. Falling somewhere ...

Event : Friends and Remedies

The second instalment of international animated shorts touches on the theme of companionship.

Event : This World Made Itself

This UK premiere of Miwa Matreyek's new show reimagines the history of the earth, in an immersive visual ...

Event : Neurocinematics: The Neuroscience of Film

This discussion will explore a new area of neurocognitive studies, using movies to study aspects of human ...

Event : Bob Stanley: Pop Double-Bill

Today, Bob Stanley will be presenting a pair of brilliant films on almost-forgotten teen sensations.

Event : Baal

First screened on the BBC in the early eighties and then almost instantly forgotten and hidden away, we ...

Event : Viva VHS present: Popcorn + Anguish

Two almost-forgotten horror films from the video rental era, both of them tapping into the uncanny terror ...

Event : Post Avantgarde Animation: Austria 2009-2013

Austria’s 'avant-garde film tradition' is in flux. There’s a group of innovative filmmakers who are ...

Event : Medium Cool

Few films capture the spirit of the 60s counterculture as potently as Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool, a ...

Event : Cafe Neuro: Short Talks

A selection of bite-sized lectures looking at different aspects of the mind.

Event : Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox

Lindgren & Langlois: The Archive Paradox features an intense letter exchange between two influential film ...

Event : Colour Box: Taking Off

Some old Flatpack friends and new faces crop up in this batch of new animated shorts for children aged 4+.

Event : Year Zero: Black Country

A double serving of Black Country films. Billy Dosanjh’s Year Zero: Black Country builds on the ...

Event : Model-Making Workshop

Ever wondered how those amazing puppets and figurines are made in the Colour Box films? Well here’s your ...

Event : Exhibition

With Exhibition comes perhaps the most intriguing film yet by one of Britain’s most distinctive ...

Event : Caravan of Film

Three wandering minstrels have collected a bulging trunk full of cartoons on their travels across Europe, ...

Event : Rock vs Doris: Lover Come Back

I like Rock Hudson. I like Doris Day. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out…

Event : A Scintillating Synaesthetic Supper! (18:00)

Ever wondered what colour tastes like? Or what sounds it might make? Ever been truly immersed in what ...

Event : The Great Flood

As Darren Aronofsky’s Noah steams towards multiplexes, this new film from Bill Morrison needs no digital ...

Event : Electro Chaabi

Long before the 2012 revolution, the frustration and fury of young Egyptians were being expressed on an ...

Event : How We Played the Revolution

A tale of how music and politics became entangled under Communism.

Event : The Illumination

Based on personal experience, Zanussi’s ingenious, mosaic-like film dramatises the crisis of confidence ...

Event : Whose Round Is It Anyway? (Sunday 30th)

Another chance to catch this archive ale-house almanac, a compendium of old film celebrating the joys of ...

Event : Swipeside Shorts

A compendium of some of the best international shorts from the last 18 months.

Event : Mirai Mizue: Wonder of Animation Workshop

As part of the Calf Retrospective, celebrated animator Mirai Mizue will lead a hand-drawn animation workshop.

Event : Brain Waves (Friday 21st)

A selection of short films which explore the workings of the mind. Includes Through the Hawthorn, a ...

Event : Pick n Mix 1

Our ever popular Pick n Mix programmes are back again this year, featuring Sandy, a fictional animation ...

Event : Anchors Aweigh! (Saturday 22nd)

‘Anchors Aweigh!’ charts a meandering course through the backwaters, coves and inlets of ...

Event : Anchors Aweigh! (Sunday 23rd)

‘Anchors Aweigh!’ charts a meandering course through the backwaters, coves and inlets of ...

Event : Water-Mirror of Granada (Aguaespejo Granadino)

This beautifully impressionistic portrait of the Alhambra forms the first part of José Val del Omar's ...

Event : Archive Innovation Lab

Join Film Hub South West & West Midlands for an exploration of the regional film and television archives ...

Event : Pick n Mix 2

A full bag of assorted filmic treats awaits with the second of our Pick n Mix programmes. Featuring new ...

Event : Hugo the Hippo

Join Hugo on a kaleidoscopically colourful psychedelic trip, with sword-fighting apple-men and planets ...

Event : Watermark

Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky's second collaboration takes to the skies to ...

Event : The Second Coming

Writer Russell T Davies and his terrific cast handle tricky territory with a warm and thought-provoking ...

Event : Chinatown

We couldn't very well programme an aquatic film strand without including the grandaddy of all water ...

Event : The Miners’ Hymns

We open a small retrospective of Bill Morrison’s work with this beautiful patchwork of footage from ...

Event : It Happened One Night

Kicking off a series of food and film events running through the festival, Opus Restaurant are serving up ...

Event : A Taste of Flatpack

With films handpicked from all of our shorts programmes, this eclectic compendium should help you map out ...

Event : 1395 Days Without Red

The Siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1395 days. In this haunting film a woman (Maribel Verdú) makes her way ...

Event : Slow Light

Since the dawn of film, photographers and animators have been experimenting with lights and long ...

Event : Chaplin: A Century on Screen

In 1914, a funny little chap called Chaplin made his screen debut. 100 years on, he’s still making us laugh.

Event : UPA Cartoons

Some of UPA's finest moments have now been digitally restored, and this is the first chance to see them ...

Event : Hand-Drawn Animation Workshop

Paint, draw and animate directly onto 16mm film, and see your work come to life as it runs through the ...

Event : Little Feet

Little Feet is a hymn to the way summer days stretch out forever in childhood, as our phlegmatic – and ...

Event : Animation Maestro

In this documentary on Gisaburo Sugii’s life, works and the wider anime industry, director Masato Ishioka ...

Event : Fantabulous 5D Food Experience

Labelled as “Britain’s foodiest town” (The Guardian), Birmingham has a strong relationship with grub, and ...

Event : Short Film Awards + Unlikely Film Quiz

To see us through the home stretch and across the finishing line, we’ve invited the Unlikely Quiz team ...

Event : Fleapit Cinema

Take a stroll down the Great Western Arcade and you'll find shops, restaurants, and for three days only, ...

Event : Story-Spline

Ever struggled with a narrative? Want to contribute to an amazing story? Story-Spline is a creative and ...

Event : Pärnography: Selected Works and Screen Talk

With an approach described as “an illegitimate cross-breeding of George Grosz, Monty Python, and Jean-Luc ...

Event : Nosferatu

Endlessly parodied and plagiarised, the first ever vampire film remains one of the best, and ninety years ...

Event : DVDBANG

From South Korea's city streets, DVDBANG is a new format for the UK. Half rental shop, half cinema, ...

Event : Jodie Mack: Let Your Light Shine

To launch the new Palais, we welcome an American filmmaker who weaves together abstract animation, ...

Event : Sidewalk Poetry: Selected Films by Henry Hills

A rare chance to catch some of Henry Hills' key works on 16mm, and to hear from Hills himself.

Event : Random Acts Party

For nearly three decades, Channel 4 have been championing experimental short films through a range of ...

Event : Birmingham’s What I Think With

A touchstone for the Dark River installation was the poetry of Roy Fisher, and this gentle portrait ...

Event : Best of the Magic Cinema

Following on from Wednesday’s screening we’ve taken this opportunity to show a selection of films that we ...

Event : Night Moves

A heart-stopping night-time trip downriver with three environmental activists, on a mission to destroy a ...

Event : They Took Us to the Sea

This gem of a half-hour documentary, follows a group of wide-eyed kids from bomb-damaged Nechells to the ...

Event : Eisler Shorts

Hanns Eisler’s life as a composer offers a window on the tumult of the 20th century, this afternoon we ...

Event : Mary and Max

Plasticine animator Adam Elliot made the leap into features with this beautiful, melancholic tale of an ...

Event : Lost and Refound

We’re doffing our cap to one of this year’s guests, Bill Morrison with this selection of shorts, all of ...

Event : Victorian Magic Lantern Show

Using glass slides from the University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collection’s vast ...

Event : SOUNDwalk: Grand Union Canal

Join the SOUNDkitchen collective on a guided SOUNDwalk, to experience the Grand Union Canal and the ...

Event : The Cabinet of Living Cinema: The Sound of Mind

The Cabinet of Living Cinema delve into film’s relationship with psychoanalysis, artificial intelligence ...

Event : The Dark House (Dom zły)

Fargo-esque Polish thriller about a murder on a remote farm.

Event : Gheorghe Marinescu: Science Film Pioneer

Neurologist Gheorghe Marinescu was the first scientist to make use of film in his research, in order to ...

Event : Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

This Hindi coming-of-age rom-com from the late 90s is an absolute treat. A three hour epic full of song ...

Event : The Last Laugh

A landmark silent film, and one that regularly finds its way into ‘greatest films’ lists.

Event : Now you see it, now you don’t

Canadian filmmaker Jared Raab caused quite the viral stir with his latest music video for indie band ...

Event : Video Jukebox

The music video continues to be a source for some of the most inventive filmmaking around. Here’s a ...

Event : Cartoon Rock

The return of Flatpack's popular matinee show with a selection of cult family favourites, some of them ...

Event : More Canals than Venice

If you’re unaware that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, then you’ve not spent nearly ...

Event : Whose Round is it Anyway? (Saturday 22nd)

There are few institutions so central to Britain's community life as the local boozer. And despite the ...

Event : Silent Running

Transforming the atrium of Millennium Point into a set from Silent Running, you’ll find flora in ...

Event : Sellotape Cinema Knees Up

Join us for a beverage as we take over the upstairs of The Old Royal with various DJs and Sellotape ...

Event : The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

The second loving homage to giallo by husband-and-wife team Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet, after 2009 ...

Event : Punk Heritage Brum

Friction Arts are delighted to host a special screening event documenting and celebrating Birmingham ...

Event : Evolutionary Road

First up in our annual round-up of the best international animation it’s the slightly wacky stuff, the ...

Event : Everybody Street & Street Photography Exhibition

Illuminating the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers, Everybody Street captures the ...

Event : Seconds

Booed when it debuted at Cannes, viewers in 1966 weren't quite ready for this dark vision of a ...

Event : UK Film Hubs

A free and informal session to meet the team from Film Hub South West & West Midlands, to look at some of ...

Event : Lunch Dox

A recent poll revealed that 60 percent of us eat lunch at our desks. Bad times. Why not mix things up ...

Event : An Eye on Film

How does the way you watch a movie compare to somebody else? Do the director's decisions about editing, ...

Event : If Wet

If Wet is a monthly event of sonic exploration in a village hall in rural Worcestershire; part ...

Event : Phono-Cinema-Théâtre

At the 1900 Paris Exposition visitors had their first taste of sound cinema, thanks to the ...

Event : I Want to be a Cinema

Join Scalarama, Flatpack and local cinema initiatives for a comprehensive and interactive workshop for ...

Event : The Punk Singer

Sini Anderson's portrait of Kathleen Hanna, figurehead for the riot-grrl movement of the early 90s.

Event : Imaginary Poland

This image/text exhibition explores Calling 07, a crime series broadcast by Polish Television between ...

Event : Decasia

Bill Morrison’s debut feature is a mesmerising collage of old nitrate footage, in which the original ...

Event : Occupy Music

Brazil’s protest movements have been well documented over the past year, but interesting developments are ...

Event : Colour Box: You’ve Got a Friend in Me

This heart-warming selection of shorts for children aged 7+ is underpinned by friendship.

Event : Fame Festival

With minimal budget and a tiny team Angleo Milano has created FAME, one of the world’s most unique and ...

Event : A Scintillating Synaesthetic Supper! (14:00)

Ever wondered what colour tastes like? Or what sounds it might make? Ever been truly immersed in what ...

Event : Saul Bass: Quest + Why Man Creates

Saul Bass is best known for his iconic film poster designs and his title sequences but as well as being ...

Event : Elektro Moskva

This enjoyably droll documentary delves into hidden corners of the USSR’s electronic age, uncovering ...

Event : Calf Retrospective

Here we present a selection of Calf’s most recent output: a unique blend of vibrantly colourful, ...

Event : Adventure Time

Shmowzow! With its marathon fifth season winning plaudits and new fans globally, we'll be visiting the ...

Event : Illuminating Brains with Lightbox Cinema (Saturday 22nd)

This exciting workshop led by Lightbox Cinema delves into the inner workings of the brain with creative ...

Event : Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

A plot description gives very little sense of this beguiling, devastating, uncategorisable film. We're ...

Event : Calling 07, or A Message From the Past

The exhibition will be complemented by a multi-faceted performative lecture by Dr Iwona Kurz (Director of ...

Event : Talk the Walk

Artist Tim Knowles has taken on a series of exploratory, map-free walks across various terrain, ...

Event : Birmingham University Imaging Centre

Neural imaging provides the basis for many of these discussions, and this is a rare opportunity to visit ...

Event : Night on the Galactic Railroad

After many years of animating for others, Gisaburo Sugii finally had the opportunity to spread his wings ...

Event : Tochka: Light Painting Workshop

Animation workshops don’t come much more fun than this one. Japanese arts collective Tochka will be here ...

Event : The King and the Mockingbird

Thirty years in the making, this wonderful animated feature is a well-loved classic in its native France, ...

Event : This Ain’t California

This engaging doc sheds light on the little-documented skateboard scene that emerged in East Germany ...

Event : Downtown NYC: Henry Hills Talk

The first part of our Henry Hills focus has the man himself discussing his work and the 80's downtown art ...

Event : Altered States

Liberally adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the life and ideas of neuroscientist and psychonaut John C. ...

Event : Patema Inverted

Yasuhiro Yoshiura's charmingly skewed anime follows an underground community, confined there thanks to a ...

Event : David Rowan: The Dark River

Toting industrial-strength waders and a camera David Rowan spent the best part of two years exploring the ...

Event : Black Hole Club

The Black Hole Club launches in March: a lively, daring arts club for artists, curators, academics, ...

Event : Brain Waves (Thursday 20th)

A selection of short films which explore the workings of the mind. Includes Through the Hawthorn, a ...

Event : A Story of Children and Film

Mark Cousins’ latest essay on the moving image looks set to take us back to the time when we were all ...

Event : We Are the Best!

Director Lukas Moodysson comes bursting out of a decade-long bad mood with a film that glows with the ...

Event : Illuminating Brains with Lightbox Cinema (Sunday 23rd)

This exciting workshop led by Lightbox Cinema delves into the inner workings of the brain with creative ...