London’s LGBTQI Film Festival returns for its 35th year in March 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

The news is out! BFI Flare: London’s biggest and best queer film festival will return for its 35th edition of the festival in 2021 and we couldn’t be more excited. Running from 17-28 March, expect the most accessible and inclusive version of the festival to UK-wide audiences yet. 

With no set date for lockdown restrictions to ease in the UK, film fans will be given the opportunity to connect for a new BFI Flare experience, enjoying a digital offer of screenings and events across the 12 days of the festival. 

BFI Flare will deliver virtual festival premieres via BFI Player to UK audiences, in a dynamic and thought-provoking programme of the best new LGBTQI cinema from around the world, alongside a programme of virtual events, which will be available to audiences for free. 

At the heart of this year’s BFI Flare will be 25 virtual feature film screenings, with each film available for ticket holders to watch at any time during the festival, with a four hour window to start and finish the film. You won’t even need to queue up for your drinks and popcorn! Just sit back and enjoy the BFI Flare experience in the comfort of your own home. 

There will also be exclusive intros, Q&A’s with filmmaking talents and programmers, an additional 35 short films from around the world to enjoy and the return of the Five Films For Freedom, in partnership with The British Council, making five LGBTQI short films available to watch worldwide for free. 

Senior Programmer, BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, Michael Blyth said: “With this digital version of BFI Flare, we are excited to expand our reach outside of London, bringing the best in contemporary queer cinema to audiences across the UK. Over this past year, the need to build and support LGBTIQ+ communities has felt more vital than ever, and this edition of the Festival is an opportunity to bring more people together than ever before.” 

The full programme will be announced at a special digital programme launch 23 February. Keep your eyes peeled and head over to the BFI Flare website for all the latest info and announcements. 

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