The world's first global, digital LGBT film festival returned for a third year!

From 16-26 March 2017, audiences in London enjoyed BFI Flare, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival. At the same time you, and people all over the world, watched five films from the festival for free online.

The five short films selected for 2017 included both drama and documentaries and told stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences. They ranged from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression. They were:

  • 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 asked the world to watch a movie together. Over the course of one single day, people from all over the world showed that love is a human right by watching one of the films and sharing the hashtag #FiveFilms4Freedom.

Watch the five films for free online

For a full 11 days from 16-26 March, the films were available to watch online. We hope you enjoyed them!

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