BFI Flare is London’s high-profile LGBTI film festival, and audiences converged in the British capital this month to view this year’s lineup of queer films.
But at the same time, people from all over the world this month watched five queer short films for free on YouTube, in the festival’s “FiveFilms4Freedom” series which first launched in 2015.
The British Film Institute, which runs the Flare festival, said for this year only all five of the shorts were UK productions to recognised this year’s 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
In “Heavy Weight”, by Jonny Ruff, a boxer finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a new fighter at the club.
“Still Burning” by Nick Rowley is a documentary short – its title a nod to New York queer classic “Paris Is Burning” – which follows a young man from the island of Guadeloupe living in Paris as he helps his brother prepare for his first vogueing ball.
Christopher Manning’s short film ‘Jamie’ follows a young man’s first foray into dating.
‘Crush’ is a short film by Rosie Westhoff, which depicts a young girl’s first crush, evoking the awkward thrill of teenage infatuation.
Lucie Rachel’s ‘Where We Are Now’ is an intimate portrait of her relationship with her transgender parent.
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