MyFlatpack 2017

MyFlatpack Two Day Festival experience, review writing and vlogging workshop

Sat 8th - Sun 9th April
Birmingham Midlands Institute (BMI), Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS

Young film and media enthusiasts (ages 16 – 24) are invited to expand their film horizons, develop their networks and pick up practical skills from seasoned YouTubers, writers and film professionals from RIFE magazine, Into Film and the BFI Film Audience Network. Participants will explore and discover a diverse range of events through Flatpack Film Festival and produce their own Festival Vlog or reviews as part of a unique two day workshop on Sat 8th and Sun 9th April in Birmingham. (see Schedule further down the page)

Young participants will get to experience Festival highlights, meet other young people from across the UK that are also passionate about film, make online content with vlogging experts from Watershed’s Rife Magazine and meet the Flatpack Film Festival team who have years of experience in putting on film events in Birmingham and beyond. 

This workshop is part of a UK-wide young programmers initiative supported by the BFI Film Audience Network.

Hub Member organisations are invited to refer up to three young people they have worked with that they think would particularly benefit from the experience and act as a point of liaison for briefing and signing up young people. Young people are invited to fill in this short online form to help design and evaluate a programme that is relevant and responsive to their needs.


  • Recruiting young participants for the workshop
  • Ensuring that the young people fill in a short online form to register their interest in attendance
  • Helping to organise the young people’s transport and overnight stay through bursary support from the relevant Film Hub organisation and ensuring their well being and safe transport to and from Birmingham 
  • Flagging up any specific access requirements we should be aware of at the planning stage. 
  • Sending out and collecting consent forms - to guardians/parents for under 18 participants

(IMPORTANT! *Under 18s will need a consent form signed off by a parent/guardian in order to participate in the programme.Organisations putting forward young people under 18s are responsible for liaising with parents/guardians and collecting signed consent forms - see template provided. Under 18s must be chaperoned by a responsible adult throughout the weekend.)

To Apply, young people must fill in this online form by the 6th April. 

Young people and chaperones can apply to their regional Film Hub for a bursary to support travel and accomodation.

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany via email or call: on 0117 9275128 | 07791 630 667


Saturday 8th April (The Dickens Room, BMI)

  • 10.00 -10.30:  Registration & refreshments - get to know some of your peers over a cup of tea!
  • 10.30 - 10.45: Welcome and Flatpack Festival introduces - meet Ian Francis, Flatpack Festival Director, find out more about the Festival and what to look forward to over the next few days
  • 10.45 - 11.30: Meet the RIFE team & ice breaker activity with the group
  • 11.30 - 12.15: Review Writing workshop with Into Film
  • 12:15 - 13.00 - Vlogging workshop with the RIFE team
  • 13.00 - 16.30: Grab your packed lunch and head off into the Festival to experience events at venues across the City.
  • 16.45pm - 19:00: Join us back at BMI for a sharing session and to record your festival vloggs.
  • 19:00 onwards: You are free to head off for dinner and to explore the Festival at various venues.

Sunday 9th April (The Dickens Room, BMI)

  • 10:00 - 11.45: Morning meet-up with pastries & allotted slots for recording vlogs
  • 10.30 - 16.30: Experiencing Flatpack Film Festival events - various venues
  • 16.30 - 18:00: Regroup at BMI for a short film screening & sharing of your vlogs and a final chance to network with the group over some snacks and a drink.
  • 18:00: Home Time!


MyFlatpack 2016

You can watch a short video of feedback from the young participants from last year.

Here are some of their comments:

"Really cool and interesting events, met lots of lovely people who were all interested in the same things as me. I also learned a lot, about film and networking as a whole."

"MyFlatpack dispelled my disillusionment with recent vlogging culture as a "brand" or "primary career venture" as it seems to be for a lot of people, but having Jon and Sham (lovely, down-to-earth, enthusiastic beings) it has motivated me to make things even if its just for my own benefit/entertainment, and if anyone else derives something from it too, even better!"

"It was really welcoming and great to approach the festival with other people part of My Flatpack workshop, instead of navigating it alone."

"A really exciting opportunity to experience a festival with equally passionate people in a new city which we had the freedom to explore through the varied and diverse events of the Flatpack Festival."

"Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, I felt everyone was included and there was a mature, yet fun atmosphere. I felt the leaders of the event organised it so that it was made sure no one was excluded or on their own, but did so subtly so as not to make anyone feel awkward, which I thought was really nice and clever."

"Everyone involved with MyFlatpack, the other participants, vloggers, and event organisers were all very approachable and tailored the weekend to us and our experience of the film festival (as well as the benefits from the workshop) as much as possible."

"Great to meet like minded people, and talk about the festival."
"Incredibly Intresting and Enjoyable. would do it again in a heartbeat."
"Fun, interesting and different."
"My overall feeling after attending MyFlatpack was one of sheer happiness. I loved being able to meet new people with similar interests to me and be able to make new friends and contacts. I felt I grew in confidence from talking to lots of different people and learnt interesting information about vlogging and tips to make a good vlog."