21 million people take part in global LGBTI film festival
The BFI Flare film festivalis popular enough that even if you live in London you have to be lucky to get a ticket to watch the LGBT themed films being shown.
If you are LGBT and live in countries such as India, Poland, or the Ukraine, your opportunities of being able to watch movies that reflect your sexuality and your experiences will be even more remote.
The British Council, which is a UK organisation that internationally promotes British culture and education, has partnered with the BFI Flare festival and UK charity Stonewallto create a digital, global, LGBT film festival.
UK film-maker Paul Greengrass (director of movies such as The Bourne Supremacy, and Captain Phillips) is actively supporting the positive role that film festivals can play:
‘Film festivals at their best are a window and also a mirror’ said Greengrass. ‘…a window through which we can see the world, and a mirror in which we can see ourselves.’
The 5Films4freedom festival runs from 19-29 March 2015, the five films available through the online festival have already reached over 21 million people in 125 different countries around the world.
The five short films that are screening as part of the festival are:
An Afternoon (En Eftermiddag)
Director Søren Green’s new short film is an exploration of nascent sexuality. Mathias and Frederik are two friends who spend an afternoon together; Mathias has decided that this is the time to tell Frederik that he is in love with him.
Jake Graf’s self-funded short film focuses on older gay love and overcoming loneliness as a chance encounter between Trevor and a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own past, forces both men to start to live again.
Canadian writer and director Nisha Ganatra is best known as Producer/Director of Transparent, the Golden Globe-winning TV series. When searching for love in all the virtual places, Frankie, Libby and Sheridan of The Code Academy are their own worst enemy.
Morning Is Broken
Director and writer Simon Anderson’s 2014 film is a coming-of-age drama set in the English countryside, following a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his sexuality while at his older brother’s wedding.
Director Nora Mandray’s 2015 documentary focuses on Fender Bender, an inspirational bicycle workshop for Detroit’s queer and transgender communities.