The UK’s most impressive celebration of queer cinema, BFI Flare, is boldly back and going fully digital from 17-28 March

Refusing to let COVID19 snuff out its deliciously contagious queer creative spark, BFI Flare is back as bright as ever with another mighty line-up of premieres. UK first-run features and short films on BFI Player, 17-28 March.

Embracing the opportunities of a virtual festival, your tickets will allow you to watch films at any time during the festival. As well as offering exclusive access to Q&As with actors and directors.

Although the festival is fully digital this year, advance tickets are recommended. Capacity for each screening is still limited. So, don’t dilly-dally and book today!

This year, you’ll also be able to watch 38 LGBTQ short films online. From anywhere in the UK absolutely free via BFI Player – click here to see what’s being shown.

Here, the festival’s programmers Michael Blyth, Zorian Clayton and Brian Robinson share just a few of their favourite feature films being screen at BFI: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival this year…

Jump, Darling

Gay film Jump, Darling - review and scenes

A drag queen is plunging into an early mid-life crisis and after a lover’s tiff. He takes off to his grandma’s house in the countryside for a change of scene. Determined to inject some pizazz into the quiet local gay bar, he finds his once tough-talking nan has become more vulnerable with age, so rethinks his priorities.

This well-crafted intergenerational drama is both funny and heartrending. A knockout performance by 94-year-old Cloris Leachman. It would prove to be one of her final roles. (You can read more and watch the trailer here).

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LGBTQ film Firebird - review and scenes photos

In Soviet-era Estonia, a handsome junior officer discovers that an ace fighter pilot isn’t just interested in flying. The scene is set for a tense and dramatic affair. The pilot struggles to keep ahead of the military authorities as world events unfold.

Epic, romantic, beautiful and memorable, based on a true story.

Boy Meets Boy

Gay film Boy Meets Boy scenes and critique

After meeting in a Berlin club, two guys unexpectedly catch feels for each other. But one of them is booked on a flight home in a few hours, and time is running out.

Smart, witty and incredibly insightful, this modern gay romance is a must-see for anyone who prefers their love stories served with a healthy side of realism.

The Dose

Scene from gay film The Dose

Deadly desires and simmering homoeroticism underscore this deliciously macabre, slow-burn psychological thriller, in which nothing is quite what it seems.

In a private clinic in rural Argentina, an introverted nurse with a dark secret finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of an attractive new co-worker who also has something to hide.


Two boys in a gay film Dramarama - review

The night before leaving for college, a group of high-school drama nerds get together for one last sleepover. But will tonight be the night that Gene finally comes out?

Like a John Hughes movie reimagined for a queer audience, this wonderfully enjoyable teen comedy is a heartfelt love letter to all the misfits and outsiders.

Enfant Terrible

The extraordinary career and troubled personal life of pioneering German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder is brought to the screen in this no-holdsbarred biopic. A visually striking and unapologetically candid portrait of the man behind such queer classics as Fox and His Friends and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.

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