Festivals

Bagri Foundation Birmingham Indian Film Festival

Indian Film FestivalThe Bagri Foundation Birmingham Indian Film Festival is part of Europe’s largest Indian showcase, which returns to the city for its third edition at three cinemas.

New and exciting cutting-edge independent films are showcased, which are guaranteed to entertain and offer fascinating insights into a billion South Asian lives. The festival is title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation with major support from Grange Hotels, Sun Mark Ltd, and is funded by the BFI’s National Lottery Film Festivals Fund.

Cine-Excess

Cine-Excess is an annual international film festival and conference open to the public, which is directed and coordinated by Professor Xavier Mendik, Director of Postgraduate Studies.

The festival, framed around global cult film cultures, attracts scholars, producers and distributors from all over the world with its industry discussions, exclusive screenings and three-day conference. The tenth annual conference took place between 10 and 12 November 2016 and was hosted by Birmingham City University and Mockingbird Cinema, Birmingham.  Cine-Excess has now published its call for conference papers for this year's festival. For more detailed information on Cine-Excess please visit the official website or contact Xavier Mendik.

Flatpack Film Festival

Now a firmly established strand within Flatpack’s programme, the festival’s partnership with Birmingham City University celebrates the creative process, multidisciplinary approaches, and collaboration. It’s the part of the festival where we deconstruct the work, and ask the artists and filmmakers to divulge their inner musings. Through workshops, talks, and demonstrations we’ll hear from an array of innovators in the field of the moving image, whilst also exhibiting their work through film screenings, installations, and performances. 

An incubator for imaginative thought and creativity, Birmingham City University’s new Parkside building is the perfect space to host the majority of this activity, alongside Millennium Point, the Curzon building, and with some offsite events also happening around the city, connecting Flatpack Parkside to the broader festival programme. Both students and staff from the faculty of arts, design, and media will have various opportunities to get involved, including curating elements or undertaking cross- departmental collaborative projects to create new and original work which will be considered for exhibition. 

Benefits for students and the University are positioning themselves at the heart of the creative community in the city and internationally. Graduate destinations since the inception of the closer relationship can be evidenced in the enhanced employment prospects and entry to prestigious higher education destinations by those students who took part.

We are also building an archive of talks, interviews and films by distinguished practitioners such as the renowned animator Jim Lefevre, Austrian Multi-media artist Gebhard Sengmuller and others. 

Flatpack increases and cements BCU’s position as a centre for excellence and innovation in the visual arts and aligns with the University’s core values.

A cultural partner for 'STEAMHouse' studentships

Research project: Alternative Screens, Fringe Followers: Film Festivals and Audiences at the Margins

Over the last decade, there has been a range of independent film festivals with distinctive strategies and affiliations. Often described as 'cult', 'niche' and 'alternative', these events are often organised through 'pop-up' or fan/community/event-based forums. A range of theorists have suggested alternative structures of prestige/award-giving, distinct strategies of programming, engagement with new modes of film technology and entrepreneurial streams as templates for further research into this emergent scene. This project aims to offer the first Midlands-based application of this current trend of research into the alternative film festival circuit.