DIVA DOES FLARE: Valentina

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Director Cássio Pereira dos Santos tells DIVA about this uplifting trans story set in Brazil BY NADIA DAVIES Described as a timely and transcendent drama, Valentina is an impressive debut feature from Cássio Pereira dos Santos about a trans teenager trying to navigate social stigma and bureaucratic barriers.  Describe your film in three words.  Uplifting [….]

BFI Flare is here, queer, and on a telly box near you now!

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Let DIVA guide you through the best lez/bi flicks at this year’s virtual fest BY DIVA STAFF The 35th edition of BFI Flare is well underway, with many films already sold out. But if you’re still trying to decide what to watch, don’t worry! We’re here to guide you through the best lez/bi flicks in [….]

SCREEN: Iris Prize Film Festival opens submissions for its 15th anniversary year

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The LGBTQI film festival is set to return in October with £30,000 up for grabs for a budding filmmaker BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Submissions are now open for the 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. Celebrating its 15th edition, the Cardiff based festival, is set to go ahead in October 2021. The organisers are determined to [….]

SCREEN: Want the lowdown on this year’s Raindance Film Festival?

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We are living for the Queer strand at Raindance 2020! BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS It’s that time of year again! Raindance Film Festival is back for 2020 and once again, one of the programming strands is completely queer.  In addition, there’s 50 feature films and documentaries screening online this year, plus short film programmes (including plenty [….]

SCREEN: Our top LGBTQI picks for the BFI London Film Festival

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The first edition to be widely accessible wherever you are in the UK, with a whole host of LGBTQI viewing  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES VIA IMAGENET In the most accessible version of the festival to UK audiences yet, this year at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF), film lovers will be given an opportunity to [….]

Iris Prize short list released announcing the best British LGBTQI shorts

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The 15 richly diverse films from across the UK competing for a package of services sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group BY DIVA STAFF The wait is over for filmmakers as the organisers of the Iris Prize, announce the directors of the short films who are competing for this year’s Iris Prize Best British Short supported by [….]