The world's first global, digital LGBT film festival is back!
From 16-26 March 2017, audience in London are enjoying BFI Flare, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival. At the same time you, and people all over the world, can watch five films from the festival for free online.
The five short films selected for 2017 include both drama and documentaries and tell stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences. They range from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression. They are:
- Crush - Directed by Rosie Westhoff / UK 2016 / 8 mins; An almost wordless story of the flash of first love as a young girl waits for her train in Britain.
- Where We Are Now - Directed by Lucie Rachel UK 2016 / 9 mins; An intimate documentary portrait of the relationship between a transgender parent and her bisexual daughter in Scotland.
- Heavy Weight - Directed by Jonny Ruff / UK 2016 / 13 mins; A boxer finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a new fighter at the club.
- Still Burning - Directed by Nick Rowley / UK/France 2016 / 9 mins; Era, a young migrant from Guadeloupe living in Paris, introduces his brother to leotards, heels and the ‘fierce’ attitude of the dance movement ‘voguing’.
- Jamie - Directed by Christopher Manning / UK 2016 / 9 mins; After chatting to a guy online, shy Jamie makes the bold step to meet up with him in person.
Show that love is a human right
On Tuesday 21 March, we are once again asking the world to watch a movie together. Over the course of one single day, you can show that love is a human right simply by watching one of the films, joining people from around the world.
If you want to pledge your support, please tweet and share on all social media on 21 March, with the hashtag #FiveFilms4Freedom.
Watch the five films for free online
For a full 11 days from 16-26 March, you can watch the films online. We hope you enjoy them.
Subtitles: you can watch the films with English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Latin American Spanish subtitles. Click the settings button on the video player and then 'Subtitles/CC' to select the language of your choice. To turn all subtitles off, click 'CC' on the players
Please note: the English-language version of Heavy Weights contains swearing; we have removed this from the subtitled version of the film.