BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival

Celebrating the hearts, bodies and minds of London’s LGBTQIA+ community, BFI Flare returns for another scorching year of queer cinema. Expect new faces and old favourites on the big screen, along with some great talks. Dozens of films from all aspects of LGBTQIA+ culture are being screened. Themes include love, romance, sex and transformation.

General ticket sales start on 24th February.

Best in Fest

The event organisers at BFI Flare have handily picked out their favourite queer films of the last 12 months for all to see. This year’s line-up includes The Stroll, Drifter, and Who I Am Not.

Five Films for Freedom

As in previous years, Five Films for Freedom will be returning to millions of screens worldwide. The event allows viewers at home to watch five selected short films from across the world absolutely free of charge. Since its launch in 2015, Five Films for Freedom films have been viewed by 20 million people, in over 200 countries and principalities.


BFI Flare South Bank
Photo by BFI

If you’d rather walk among friendly faces, there are live events of all kinds. The Big Gay Film Quiz will be returning on 20th March. Bring a team of four or come solo and join a team of fellow quiz enthusiasts. Tickets are £5.00 and include a welcome drink.

Talks and seminars include explorations of early queer cinema and conversations on intersex culture.

BFI Flare is also hosting several club nights. Expect disco, electro, 90s R&B and perhaps the world’s first queer Bollywood club night. There’s even a night of 60s and 70s tunes ‘for those who thought their clubbing days were over’.

Tickets for BFI Flare

Movie screening tickets for the general public are £13.50 (£11.10 concessions). Matinee screenings (before 5 pm) are £8.90, so it’s well worth getting in early if you’ve a free afternoon. And if you’re lucky enough to be 25 or under, tickets throughout the festival are a steal at £5.00.

Tickets for non-BFI members go live 24 February. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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