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BFI Flare

BFI Flare

London LGBT Film Festival

 

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The 38th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, one of the world’s most significant and long-standing queer film events in the LGBTQIA+ calendar, today reveals its full programme. BFI Flare will take place at BFI Southbank, which alongside packed screenings, will be buzzing with special events and DJ nights during the festival. A selection of titles will be available to UK-wide audiences on BFI Player and to international audiences online via Five Films for Freedom – now celebrating its 10th year, in partnership with The British Council. BFI Flare is divided into three thematic programme strands: Hearts, Bodies and Minds and this year presents 33 World Premieres (across features and shorts) with 57 features and 81 shorts from 41 countries. Tickets go on sale on 20th February for BFI Members and on general sale from 22 February.

As previously announced, BFI Flare opens with the European Premiere of LAYLA, Amrou Al-Kadhi’s stunning debut feature which recently had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Deeply personal and engaging, starring Screen Star of Tomorrow Bilal Hasna in the titular role, Layla tells the story of a struggling Arab drag queen whose confident façade hides their desperate desire for love. The festival’s closing night film is the World Premiere of docu-fiction Lady Like by director/producer Luke Willis. Lady Like follows the story of London-born, San Francisco-based drag queen Lady Camden, aka Rex Wheeler, as she is catapulted into the spotlight on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14. In this rags to riches origin story, Lady Camden struggles to manage the demands of her freshly minted international fame, while Rex is forced to come to terms with the troubling childhood he left behind in Camden which drove him to so desperately seek joy, fantasy and escape through the performing arts.

The BFI Flare 2024 Programming team are Grace Barber-Plentie, Jay Bernard, Diana Cipriano, Zorian Clayton, Rhianna Ilube, Darren Jones, Wema Mumma and Brian Robinson.

BFI Flare programmers said:

“This year’s BFI Flare offers something new and refreshing to audiences – film gems aimed to inspire and celebrate the sheer diversity of queer communities around the world. We’ve got a packed programme of screenings, talks and events. Whether you want to make badges, forge friendships or have a boogie, there’s something for all in this festival.”


 

All films screening in the BFI Flare Festival 2024.

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20,000 Species of Bees

27, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

 

A

AfterSex, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

Aikane, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Aligned

All of Us Strangers

All the Lights Still Burning, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

The Archive: Queer Nigerians, screening with Stories of Our Lives

 

B

Baby Gay, screening in the programme Queer/Platonic

Backspot

BALDIGA – Unlocked Heart

Bearcave, screening in the programme Dopamine Crash

A BED FOR THREE or THE EXTRAORDINARY AND SURPRISING COMPLEXITY OF BEDROOM FURNITURE, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

Between Light and Nowhere, screening in the programme Cosmic Dreams: Through the Looking Glass

The Birth of Naikee, screening in the programme State of the Art

The Blue Shelter, screening in the programme Cosmic Dreams: Through the Looking Glass

A BODY LIKE MINE, screening in the programme Methods for Facing a Hostile World

Boléro, screening in the programme State of the Art

Bottoms

 

C

Cab Ride, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

Calls from Moscow

Candle, screening in the programme Dopamine Crash

Car Wash, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

Cara Mamma, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

Chasing Chasing Amy

Close To You

Code of Fear

Commitment to Life

Compton’s ’22, screening in the programme Methods for Facing a Hostile World

Confusion, screening with Solids by the Seashore

Crossing

Cursive, screening in the programme Dopamine Crash

 

D

Days of Happiness

Departing Seniors

Desire Lines

Dildotectonics, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

Dirty Talk

Don’t Ever Stop

DOPE FIEND, screening in the programme Say What You Mean

 

E

Earth to KB, screening in the programme State of the Art

 

F

The First Kiss, screening in the programme A Taste of Spain

Forza, Rea!, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Friends of Sophia, screening in the programme Cosmic Dreams: Through the Looking Glass

 

G

Gillyfish, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

Girl on Girl, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

Good Boy, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

Goodbye Python, screening in the programme Cosmic Dreams: Through the Looking Glass

 

H

Halfway, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

Heavy Snow

Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes

 

I

I Don’t Know Who You Are

I Found My Yellow, screening in the programme Say What You Mean

I’ll Tell You When I’m Ready, screening in the programme Methods for Facing a Hostile World

If, screening with India’s 1st Best Trans Model Agency

Incomplete, screening with Aligned

India’s 1st Best Trans Model Agency

Isla’s Way

 

J

Join The Club

 

L

Lady Like

laying fire, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

Layla

Lesvia

Life is not a competition, but I’m winning

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero

The Lime Green Shirt, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

Little One, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Love Lies Bleeding

 

M

MAN>CODE, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

Marungka tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black), screening in the programme Methods for Facing a Hostile World

Maurice’s Bar, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Merchant Ivory

Meteor, screening in the programme Say What You Mean

Midnight on MSN, screening in the programme Say What You Mean

MnM, screening in the programme Methods for Facing a Hostile World

My Best Friend, screening in the programme Queer/Platonic

 

N

Nobody Knows, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Nothing Special, screening in the programme Tender-hearted: Shorts from the UK and Ireland

 

O

Old Lesbians, screening with Lesvia

On Falling, screening in the programme Cosmic Dreams: Through the Looking Glass

Orlando, My Political Biography

Our Son

 

P

Pacemaker, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Pine Cone

Please Be Happy, screening with What’s Safe, What’s Gross, What’s Selfish and What’s Stupid

Priorities, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

 

Q

The Queen of My Dreams

Queen Size, screening in the programme Say What You Mean

Queens Without Kingdom, screening in the programme A Taste of Spain

 

R

Reas

Rejoyce!, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

Riley

The Robbers *********

Rustin

 

S

Safety State, screening in the programme Cosmic Dreams: Through the Looking Glass

Saigon Kiss, screening in the programme Dopamine Crash

The Sappho Project: Fragment 147, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

Screen Talk: Elliot Page

Sex is Comedy: the revolution of intimacy coordinators

She’s a sensation, screening in the programme A Taste of Spain

Silver Haze

Since the Last Time We Met

The Sketch, screening in the programme State of the Art

Slow

Solids By the Seashore

Split

STELLA, screening in the programme Say What You Mean

Stories of Our Lives

Strokes, screening in the programme Drawn This Way

STUDIO ONE FOREVER

Summer Solstice

The Summer with Carmen

 

T

Terratoma, screening in the programme State of the Art

The Things to Come, screening in the programme Queer/Platonic

Toll

Tomàs, screening in the programme A Taste of Spain

Toothbrush, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

TOPS

Totems, screening in the programme Queer/Platonic

Traces, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

Traje de Luces, screening in the programme A Taste of Spain

Transition, screening in the programme A Taste of Spain

Two Suns, screening in the programme Dopamine Crash

 

U

Unicorns

Unspoken

 

W

We Are Perfect

We Collide, screening in the programme Connect/Disconnect

We Forgot to Break Up

We Were Dangerous

What a Feeling

What’s Safe, What’s Gross, What’s Selfish and What’s Stupid

Who’ll Stop The Rain

Wolf, screening in the programme Queer/Platonic

Woman Of...

 

Y

Y, screening in the programme Pleasure Me

You don’t have to like me, screening in the programme Queer/Platonic

You Promised Me the Sea