The official programme for this year’s festival promises 12 days of unmissable LGBTQI cinema


BFI Flare, London’s LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, has come a long way since being one of the first film festivals to have to cancel its physical events due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year. With a second virtual edition set to go forward for 2021, there’s nothing stopping Flare from being the biggest, best and most accessible version of the film fest yet! 

One of the world’s most significant and long-standing queer film events, BFI Flare’s packed programmes never disappoint. Delivering a whole host of festival premieres of the best LGBTQI cinema from around the world to UK-wide audiences, you won’t want to miss their 35th edition. There’ll be fresh new talent as well as familiar faces, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Exclusive Q&As and introductions with the filmmaking teams will be presented for each of the features and there will also be Screen Talks via BFI YouTube and an events programme which will be announced in the coming weeks. There’s still plenty to enjoy even if we aren’t at the usual London Southbank spot. 

Michael Blyth, BFI Flare’s Senior Programmer, said: “From snappy shorts to sprawling features, BFI Flare is a true celebration of the best in contemporary queer cinema, here to showcase extraordinary filmmaking talent, and to entertain and inspire audiences.

“In amongst the many stories on offer, this year’s programme shines an essential spotlight on a host of pioneering LGBTIQ+ icons that have come before, reminding us all that we must understand our past if we are to change our future.”

You can view the full programme here, but be sure to check out DIVA’s top picks from this year’s BFI Flare below! 

DIVA’s highlights of the 2021 BFI Flare programme 🎥

Rebel Dykes

“A joyful and colourful history of post-punk dyke culture in the UK.”


“17-year-old AJ (Nell Barlow) is not one of life’s shiny, happy people. A family holiday at a caravan park in Dorset is her idea of hell. A moody misfit, she dresses for concealment and lets everyone know that she would rather be anywhere else.”

Mama Gloria

“This endearing documentary portrait shows how fighter, organiser and survivor Gloria Allen has become a local hero to younger Chicagoan trans women.”

The Greenhouse

“A woman discovers that traveling back in time may help her come to terms with her present. Cultures clash and family secrets are revealed when Shira brings home her new girlfriend.”

Well Rounded

“Body positivity, race, activism and queerness harmonise with full fat ferocity in Shana Myara’s documentary.”

The 35th BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival takes place online 17-28 March 2021. Find out more here about how you can get tickets from 2 March.

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