FLAG Film Festival launched in Summer 2014 as a 3-day event filled with
workshops and film screenings specifically for young people. It coincided with FLUX Festival, a citywide festival for young people held over two weeks.
Events during FLAG included:
Screening of Persepolis
International Short Film Selection
Freehand, FACT’s Young People’s programme worked on all aspects of creating FLAG from the concept to the delivery of the festival. Planning sessions were held fortnightly and the group got together to discuss and collaborate their ideas to come up with their own vision of a young people’s film festival.
FLAG was themed as an international film festival and gave visitors the chance to experience non-English speaking cinema in different ways. Freehand even curated their own selection of short films from all over the world to be shown on the final day of the festival.
The young people involved in planning FLAG gained experience in areas such as film and event programming, merchandise design, marketing and event coordination.
FLAG 2014 was a huge success, with visitors from across the North West and Merseyside coming to get involved with the festival and to learn more about film.
FLAG Film Festival was supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network.