BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival goes online
- Arusa Qureshi
- 19 March 2020
Organisers to make a number of LGBTIQ+ shorts and features available online from 20-29 March that were due to screen at the festival
With cinemas closed UK-wide for the foreseeable, film lovers are resorting to streaming and On Demand services to get their movie fix. With many film festivals coming up over the next few months, organisers have started getting creative in order to find new ways to deliver screenings to film fans. The BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival has announced that it will be moving to BFI Flare at Home following the Festival's last minute cancellation earlier this week.
In a hugely impressive feat, the organisers have created an opportunity for festival bookers to see a number of LGBTIQ+ shorts and features on the BFI Player from Fri 20–Sun 29 March that were due to screen at BFI Flare. Highlights include Levan Akin's Georgian-set romance And Then We Danced, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's Don't Look Down, and Daniel Karslake's powerful documentary For They Know Not What They Do, as well as the BFI's existing collection of former Flare Festival favourites, the free BFI National Archive curated LGBT Britain on Film Collection and the BFI Flare Five Films For Freedom short films.
BFI Flare will also be taking to its social media channels to host live Q&As with filmmakers, daily curated recommendations and the festival's closing-night party, with a curated DJ set made available as a Spotify playlist for all those potential house parties.
Tricia Tuttle, Director of Festivals, BFI said: 'BFI Flare is a very special and long standing festival with a loyal and dedicated following so when the decision was made to cancel the 'live' festival the team knew that they wanted to share some elements of BFI Flare digitally to celebrate the spirit of BFI Flare and the incredible range of LGBTIQ+ stories and talented filmmakers being told in the UK and internationally and to bring some of the Flare sparkle online and into viewers' living room.'
BFI Flare ticket holders can access all the films via the BFI Player, and there's also a two-week free trial period for anyone without a ticket. More films are due to be announced in the coming days so check the official site for further details.
BFI Flare at Home, Fri 20–Sun 29 March, player.bfi.org.uk.
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