The Flatpack Film Festival returns for its ninth year with a jam-packed programme of film events, live performances, animations and special guest speakers to celebrate cinema in all its guises.
Stand out events include 'The Films of Roy Andersson' exploring the Swedish director's work and vision, which coincides with a special screening of his latest prize-winning film 'Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'.
The 'Animation and Beyond' strand provides a platform for fresh new animation and a series of master classes, panel discussions, demos and lectures aim to spark conversations around the growing industry.
A day-long event at Birmingham City University's new art school invites industry professionals and those looking to break through, to hear from Cartoon d'Or winners, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, and 'Usaginingen', a Japanese visual music duo.
'Usaginigen' will also be performing at Millennium Point as part of 'Swipeside', alongside 'Sculpture' who mesh together electronic music, kinetic art comic strips and audiovisual cut-ups.
Guests will also be invited to explore other projects between performances, including a piece from 'Sellotape Cinema' who have concocted a machine to transform faces into OHP-projected scanimations.
We're sure it'll all make sense when you see it. See the website for a full listing of events.