Published on 28/02/12


Colmore Business District (CBD) has partnered with innovative film festival, Flatpack, to bring independent cinema to the city’s professional quarter in March.
Film Bug will be taking place in CBD from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th March as part of the five day long Flatpack Festival, which will be returning for the sixth time. A festival within a festival, Film Bug will have screenings in a variety of venues in the district including Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham & Midland Institute as well as cafes, pubs and bars.

Film Bug will commence on the evening of 14th March with Another Fine Mess at Birmingham Cathedral, an evening of silent comedy short films including Laurel & Hardy. Live accompaniment will come from acclaimed pianist Neil Brand, known for his work on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme and Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns.

Venues throughout the commercial district will hold a selection of short programmes, feature films and live performances during the three day event; the majority of the screenings are free of charge. A highlight of the programme will be the opportunity to see Mercury Music Prize nominee Kit Downes performing a live score to animations by illustrator and filmmaker Lesley Barnes.

A walking tour of CBD will take place on Thursday 15th March to complement the Film Bug programme, where local historian Ben Waddington will explore unexpected aspects of Birmingham’s involvement in cinema history.

CBD board director, Diane Benussi said, “We are delighted to bring an excellent programme of films to everyone in Colmore Business District. Film Bug will provide a bespoke schedule of screenings at CBD’s superb range of venues and provide something different at lunchtimes and after work. We’re proud to partner with Flatpack Festival, a renowned cultural event in the city.”

Ian Francis, Flatpack Festival director commented, “Flatpack Festival is all about taking film to unexpected places and this partnership with Colmore Business District has been a great opportunity for us to explore some new corners of the city. Whether it be animation, silent comedy or live jazz scores, Film Bug packs into a couple of days a taste of all the fantastic film activity that goes on in Birmingham through the year and most of it is free so there’s no excuse not to dip in and try a few things out.”

The full Flatpack Festival programme information and tickets are now available at