August Events...

  • Birmingham SHOUT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • California Independent Film Festival
  • Diverso Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT
  • Edinburgh International Television Festival
  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
  • InShort Film Festival
  • Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival
  • LGBT New Renaissance Film Festival - London
  • Macon Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • MICGenero
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Norwegian International Film Festival
  • Portobello Film Festival
  • Queerbee LGBT Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival
  • Stamped: Pensacola LGBT Film Festival
  • Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
  • The East Village Queer Film Festival
  • Transgender Filmfestival London
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival
BFI Flare

BFI Flare

London LGBT Film Festival

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.


Some of the Films...

  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Freak Show
  • 120 Beats per Minute
  • Maurice
  • God's Own Country
  • Wound (The)
  • Close-Knit
  • Rift
  • Silverlake Life: The View from Here
  • Home at the End of the World (A)
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Love, Simon
  • Fantastic Woman (A)

2018 films...











  • I’m a Man screening in the short film programme Materialising Masculinities
  • In Our Flesh screening in the short film programme Revelate
  • Instinct screening in the short film programme Revelate
  • Islands screening in the short film programme Revelate


  • John and Michael screening in the short film programme Fighters of Demons, Makers of Cakes


  • Kaleidoscope screening in the short film programme Rewind the Film




  • Neptune screening in the short film programme Dangerous Atmospheres
  • Nights of Glory screening in the short film programme Trans Family Matters








  • Uncle David 2
  • Uninvited screening in the short film programme Wanting, Needing, Waiting
  • Ursinho screening in the short film programme Dangerous Atmospheres





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