Iris Prize unveils nominees for the Best British Short Prize

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Can’t make this year’s festival? Continued sponsorship from Film4 means that all of the shortlisted projects will be available to view on All 4 BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY IRIS PRIZE Supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, The Iris Prize is the largest LGBTQIA+ short film prize in the world. A six-day celebration of film, [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Cured

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An interview with Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer, directors of Cured BY NADIA DAVIES This astonishingly rich documentary explores the campaign by key US activists to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of mental illness. Describe your film in three words. Eye-opening, inspiring, emotional. What inspired you to make the film? Patrick Sammon: [….]

From A To Q: The must-see film all about falling for your best friend

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This new queer short film from Emmalie El Fadli is one that so many queer individuals can relate to BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS From A To Q, directed and written by Emmalie El Fadli, is a new short film that explores the story of 22-year-old Alex who wakes suddenly from a dream in which she kisses [….]

BFI Flare: Five Films For Freedom digital campaign returns for 2021

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The world’s largest LGBTQI digital campaign reminds audiences that love is still a human right 🌈 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS It’s back! Five Films For Freedom, the world’s largest LGBTQI digital campaign, will return for 2021 as part of BFI Flare to remind audiences that love is still a human right. Broadcasting five brand new queer films [….]

DIVA EXCLUSIVE: Andra Day is our jaw-dropping new cover star

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PLUS Sapphic Saxons, Julien Baker and BFI Flare BY DIVA STAFF, COVER IMAGE BY MYRIAM SANTOS We’re in love with this gorgeous, golden cover, shot by Myriam Santos. Once you’re done feasting your eyes, head inside, where actor and musician Andra Day speaks exclusively to DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about transforming into Black, bisexual icon Billie [….]

Here’s what’s in store for BFI Flare 2021!

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The official programme for this year’s festival promises 12 days of unmissable LGBTQI cinema BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE FROM WELL ROUNDED BFI Flare, London’s LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, has come a long way since being one of the first film festivals to have to cancel its physical events due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year. With [….]