Director Alexa Bakony tells DIVA what it means to be part of BFI Flare


Colors Of Tobi is a mesmerising portrait of a family grappling with teenage gender dysphoria and is showing as part of this year’s BFI Flare. 

We spoke to director Alexa Bakony to find out more.

Describe your film in three words

Relatable, real, different.

What inspired you to make the film?

The strength of family that surrounds my heroes.

What does screening at BFI Flare mean to you?

It’s a great opportunity to reach a wide audience with our story, and a safe place for LGBTIQ+ cinema. I feel safe in the knowledge that our film is handled with such careful hands by the festival.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this story?

I hope they will learn a lot from my heroes about the importance of communication, particularly how to communicate as a family and the strength of solving problems together with our loved ones. 

Why is it important that queer films and documentaries are showcased every year at an event like this?

This is an opportunity to celebrate the very best LGBTIQ+ cinema from across the world, to champion contemporary queer filmmaking voices and give audiences access to the breadth of LGBTIQ+ narratives being told.  

BFI Flare is completely online this year, giving everyone across the UK the opportunity to watch the amazing line-up of films available. How important is accessibility with regards to representation on screen?

Honestly, I’m happy that it’s available online in terms of the potential UK-wide audience reach. My film takes place in a small village in Hungary. I hope that rural communities across the UK will watch my film and find themselves represented somehow in this story and be able to find a connection with Tobi and their family.

What are your words of advice for any aspiring queer filmmakers/actors?

Being different is power, don’t be afraid to be authentic.

How has the pandemic impacted you creatively?

One positive impact creatively is that I have had time to sit and think about a blank canvas and how I want to tell a story. 

Who is your LGBTIQ+ screen hero?

Elliot Page.

Other than buying tickets for BFI Flare, how can people best support independent queer media?

Share what you like and write a few words about why!

COLORS OF TOBI plays as part of the BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, 17-28 March.

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