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BFI Flare

BFI Flare

London LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, 21 March 2019 until Sunday, 31 March 2019

BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival have unveiled its 32nd edition’s full programme. One of the most significant and long-standing film events in the world’s LGBTQ+ calendar, BFI Flare will present over 50 features, more than 90 shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and much more. Tickets go on sale via bfi.org.uk/flare to BFI Patrons, Champions and Members from 26th February and General Public on 5th March.

Tricia Tuttle, Artistic Director, BFI Festivals

‘Queer cinema has never offered more richly complex and diverse characters and stories than we have seen in the last few years and that shines through in the quality of Festival that the programme team have put together. This diversity has also inspired us to update our Festival name to BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival. That Q+ reflects shifts in cultural conversations around identity, but also the Festival’s own ethos as welcoming and inclusive.’

 This year we’re delighted to be presenting the Festival in partnership with our recently announced Main Supporter – Pureland Foundation. Bruno Wang, Founder of Pureland Foundation said:

‘We are delighted to support BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.  The Festival mirrors Pureland Foundation’s belief in the power of the arts and culture to promote inclusion and social well-being and to celebrate diversity in our communities.  The programme announced today is extremely exciting and we look forward to seeing audiences come together to enjoy these creative and thought-provoking films’.

The Centrepiece Screening of the Festival is the World Premiere of UK feature documentary, A Deal with the Universe, the debut from former BFI Flare programmer Jason Barker, which tells the inspiring tale of a very different kind of pregnancy. The Special Presentation is Robin Campillo’s modern queer classic: 120 BPM a rousing, heart-breaking account of AIDS activist group ACT-UP: Paris. The Special Event is Rise: QTIPOC Representation and Visibility in Film is a special one-day series of talks and workshops, providing a platform to examine the importance of inclusion and the stories of queer people of colour, both on and off the screen.

BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2019 (21-31 March 2019) submissions are now open.


We welcome submissions of short and feature films of all forms and styles. There is no fee for submissions.

If you wish to have your film considered, please follow the link below to complete an online submission form. You will be asked to include a secure online viewing link and password with your submission.

Before completing the form, please ensure you have read the submission regulations and you are able to provide all required information.

Submissions for BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2019 will close on Tuesday 18 December 2018 (5pm GMT).



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