BFI Flare at Home | A Curated Programme Of Online Films From This Year’s Cancelled BFI Flare
Ever wondered what it might be like to direct and produce your own film festival?
Well, now’s your chance.
Because BFI Flare – London’s leading LGBTIQ+ film event – have just announced the launch of BFI Flare At Home.
Tragically the real-life festival was cancelled this week due to the current Covid-19 crisis. However, rather than despair (although no doubt there was a little of that) the festival’s directors and producers have banded together to come up with an alternative that means – at least in part – the shows will go on.
BFI Flare at home will essentially be a curated programme of films that were due to screen at this year’s festival, however are now available to watch at home.
The full line-up will be announced over the next couple of days, however for now we know it will include:
- Levan Akin’s ‘And Then We Danced’ – a passionate coming-of-age tale set in a ballet school in Georgia, with equal measures of rivalry and romance
- Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau’s ‘Don’t Look Down’ – a suspense-filled drama set over one night, when five men and one woman come together to discuss their individual experiences with the same destructive lover
- Daniel Karslake’s ‘For They Know Not What They Do’ – a documentary following four faith-based families and their LGBTIQ+ children during a campaign against the legalisation of gay marriage, spearheaded by the religious right
You’ll also be able to watch a number of the most popular films from previous BFI Flare film festivals, as well as BFI Flare X the British Council’s ‘Five Films For Freedom’ (a selection of shorts created and screened for free worldwide each year with the hope of promoting diversity and LGBTIQ+ rights), giving you access to over 230 films in total.
BFI Flare’s social channels will be host to a number of live Q&As with filmmakers, and they’ll be helping to bring the spirit and energy of a BFI Flare party to your homes via an upbeat and positivity-filled Spotify playlist.
So all you need to do is arrange a screen, some seating, low-lighting, a couple thirst-quenching drinks, and a selection of excellent snacks…
Go get ’em kid.
NOTE: BFI Flare at Home is a curated programme of LGBTIQ+ films from this year’s cancelled BFI Flare Film Festival. They will be available to watch between the 20th and 29th of March. BFI Player is being offered free to anyone who had already bought tickets to BFI Flare, with general audiences being invited to sign up to take advantage of the BFI Flare 2020 collection. You can find BFI Player here.
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