Across the year the Midlands plays host to premieres, previews, masterclasses, international special guest filmmakers, and unique live cinema events through a range of film festivals.

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Flatpack (Spring)

Takes over venues across Birmingham every spring and draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises. Described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out) and “joyously inventive” (The Guardian).

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CineQ (March)

Seeks to grow appetites and audiences for Queer and LGBTQIA+ films whilst champion New Queer Cinema in the region - with a focus on the perspectives of Queer Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC).

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Mayhem Film Festival (October)

Screening the best in contemporary horror, science-fiction and cult cinema and television from around the world. Featuring premieres, previews, masterclasses, international special guest filmmakers, and unique live cinema events.

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Derby Film Festival (November)

Bringing quality cinema and special guests to Derby since 2010. Featuring previews and premieres from around the world, special guests, talks and masterclasses and special events in the venue and across the city. (Formally iDFest).

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Screening Rights Film Festival (November)

Screening Rights aims to be a space to inspire and develop debates on the relationships between film, vulnerability, human adversity, and social action.

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Big Picture Festival (November)

Brand-new film festival in Warwick. Over one weekend watch family favourites alongside modern classics. Expect films from the likes of Taika Waititi, Josephine Decker and many more. Join us for a big weekend in front of the big screen.

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