Independent cinema will be coming to Birmingham’s professional quarter this month after Colmore Business District struck a deal with film festival Flatpack.

An event called Film Bug will be taking place in the district from March 14-16 as part of the five-day Flatpack Festival, which will be returning for the sixth time.

Film Bug will have screenings in a variety of venues in the district including Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham & Midland Institute as well as cafes, pubs and bars.

It will begin with an evening of silent comedy short films, including Laurel & Hardy at Birmingham Cathedral on March 14.

The event will also include an opportunity to see Mercury Music Prize nominee Kit Downes performing a live score to animations by illustrator and filmmaker Lesley Barnes.

CBD board director Diane Benussi said: “We are delighted to bring an excellent programme of films to everyone in Colmore Business District.

"Film Bug will provide a schedule of screenings at a range of venues and provide something different at lunchtimes and after work. We’re proud to partner Flatpack Festival, a renowned cultural event in the city.”

Flatpack Festival director Ian Francis said: “Flatpack Festival is all about taking film to unexpected places and this partnership with Colmore Business District has been a great opportunity for us to explore some new corners of the city.

"Whether it be animation, silent comedy or live jazz scores, Film Bug packs into a couple of days a taste of all the fantastic film activity that goes on in Birmingham through the year and most of it is free so there’s no excuse not to dip in and try a few things out.”

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