BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival CANCELLED

As of 16 March 2020, this year's BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival has been cancelled owing to coronavirus.

BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (18–29 March)

The 34th edition of Britain's most established and attended film festival, devoted to LGBTIQ themes, issues and concerns, this year adding 'I' (Intersex) to the menu. The 12-day festival offers more than 50 features and more than 85 shorts covering the ever expanding spectrum of representation and experiences, plus special events, guest appearances, discussions and workshops. Plus the fifth annual Big Gay Film Quiz and post-film club events.

The festival opens with the world premiere of Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare's feature debut CICADA, , about a young man forced to face past traumas when he embarks on a new relationship. The festival closes with the UK premiere of Jessica Swale’s SUMMERLAND, a moving Second World War drama about a woman rediscovering her ability to love, starring Gemma Arterton — co-star of last year's festival opener, VITA & VIRGINIA — and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The centrepiece screening is the UK premiere of DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN, the latest documentary from film-maker Sam Feder (KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER).

Among the eclectic range of subjects covered are closeted homosexuality in the Apartheid-era military, a Filipina transwoman living under the radar in New York, a cohesive Black LGBTIQ+ movement in Toronto, the anti-LGBTIQ+ lessons protests in Birmingham and the world's first gay rugby club. Plus topics ranging from scat to an animated story about a young trans child.

BFI Flare: "London LGBTQ+ Film Festival offers a vibrant space for debate, compassion, community, and empowerment. In a world where many people fear and loathe difference, audiences and filmmakers at BFI Flare assert that love is a human right, celebrate sexual and gender diversity, and enjoy watching great films from around the globe."

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