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This event is covered by the Short Film Pass and the Flatpass. You cannot buy an individual ticket for this event.

This year’s sonic-themed shorts programme holds extra significance, with the addition of a cash award for the most aurally worthy. It’s a stellar lineup, featuring no less than 5 UK premieres and encompassing documentaries, mashups, experimental fare, plus a couple of crackers from Birmingham too. The programme includes Paul Bush’s multi-award-winning fond farewell to plastic - a beautifully choreographed romp which uses thousands of synthetic items to highlight our throw-away culture, documentary Harmonic Spectrum about Sean who uses the piano to navigate life on the Autistic Spectrum, and jazz musician Xhosa Cole’s electrifying audiovisual response to a BLM protest last year.

These films are eligible for the Optical Sound Award, given out by our jury. The winner will be revealed at the Flatpack Awards on 30 May (free event, booking essential).

Total running time: 63 mins


Making of Orgiastic Hyper-Plastic

Delving Deeper into the Harmonic Spectrum

In the summer of 2020, jazz musician and composer Xhosa Cole attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Birmingham city centre. The resulting experience left a profound mark, and inspired him to pen a monologue about his thoughts on his own personal experience of the occasion. Intertwining his own music into a recording of the monologue, he then collaborated with Birmingham-based animator Shiyi Li - the two of them then worked together to produce a beguiling, free-flowing, and absorbing short film which is both powerful and evocative.

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    11 minutes
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    English (English captions available)
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    Xhosa Cole, Shiyi Li