Free Birmingham Film Festivals

Brindleyplace Film Festival

Every July in Brindley Place – just off Broad Street –  a huge screen  is set up next to some open air stairs forming an amthitheatre, so that Birmingham residents and visitors can enjoy a selection of movies for free. This is the Brindley Place Film Festival. Films shown in the 2017 festival included: The Dark Knight, Casino Royale, The Dead Poet’s Society and Lion King. The event is in partnership with the NICE centre for movement disorders and some of the charities film shorts are shown to raise the profile of the charity and help with fundraising.


Brindley Place Film Festival


Genres: Drama, comedy, action
Where: This Birmingham Film Festival is takes place in Brindley Square, just off  Broad Street
When: Each July
Where to buy tickets: No Need
Cost: Free!

Birmingham Cathedral Open Cinema

On three consecutive Fridays in July and August 2017 St. Philips showed a movie on a big screen set up on the grounds of the Cathedral. First up on the 21st of July was Back to the Future, followed by Ghostbusters on the 28th, and on the 4th of August they played Star Wars The Force Awakens. As well as these three classic movies the church put on street food and live music to add to the carnival atmosphere.

Genres: Sci-fi
Where: St Philips Cathedral, Colmore Row
When: Each July
Cost: None

Independent Birmingham Film Festivals

Flatpack Film Festival

Featuring a wealth of independent and alternative film shown in some of Birmingham’s most iconic venues, the Flatpack Festival is one of the main attractions of Birmingham’s social calendar. The next festival will take place between the 13th and 22nd April 2018, although between now and then there will be several events including a DIY Drive in Cinema. The DIY Drive in Cinema, taking place on Saturday the 16th December, will give children a chance to build the cars they will use to visit the drive in cinema to watch various children’s programmes including Birmingham based cartoon Brum and 70s TV classic Tiswas. The Flatpack Film Festival promises delights for movie lovers of all ages and all tastes.

Contact Details: / Flatpack Projects
Unit 118, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA

Genres:Virtual reality, comedy, nostalgia, drama
Where: This Birmingham Film Festival comes to life with in locations across the city next spring
How often: Annual
When: 13th-22nd April 2018
Where to buy tickets: On the Flatpack Festival website:
Cost: £30 for a Flatpass ticket, which allows you access to all the events at the festival

International Birmingham Film Festivals

The Birmingham Film Festival

This is one of Birmingham’s best known film festival and it has an internationally recognised awards with categories such as Best Feature Film, Best Local Film, Best International Film and Best Animation. The awards ceremony at the end of the festival is a real highlight and usually has internationally famous judges.

Contact Details:Email: / Twitter handle: @BHAMFILMFEST
Genres<: Foreign film, shorts, documentaries
Where: Mockingbird Bar and Theatre in the Custard Factory, Hotel Indigo in The Cube
How often: Annual
When: 23rd- 26th November November
Where to buy tickets: On the Birmingham Film Festival website
Cost: To be confirmed later

Behind The Curtain Film Festival

Behind The Curtain Film Festival is an exciting new Birmingham Film Festival that provides Eastern Europeans living in Birmingham with a chance to celebrate their culture through movies. Featured countries include Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic States. The festival has a number of volunteering and employment opportunities. The last festival occurred in 2016, unfortunately no details of the next one have been released.

Contact Details:Email: / Twitter: @bhamfestivals
Genres<: Foreign film, Eastern European Film
Where:Cannon Hill Park, Unit 4 Minerva Works Fazeley Street, The Electric Cinema, Erdington Welcome Centre
How often: The last one was in 2016, the next one to be confirmed
Where to buy tickets: On the website
Cost: To be confirmed later

Queer Birmingham Film Festivals

Shout Festival of Queer Arts & Culture

This Film festival gives LGBTQ Brummies a chance to celebrate both the 50 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and the culture they have created for themselves in the heart of England. As well as various movies there will be dance and performing arts. Featured Queer cinema includes: Tom of Finland, Kiki, Hairspray.

Contact Details: Telephone 0121 643 0821 / Email
Genres: Queer, Drama, comedy
Where: SHOUT Festival Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, West Midlands
How often: Annual
When: 9th – 19th November
Where to buy tickets: On the Shout Website
Cost: £4 per film