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Five short films available for free online throughout BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, in partnership with the British Council.

#FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 will run on 16-26 March 2017. The first global digital LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) short-film programme is brought to you for a third year by the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI).

From 16 March 2017, audiences in London will be enjoying BFI Flare, the LGBT film festival. At the same time, you and people from all over the world can watch five films from the festival for free online. This year for one year only, all five films are from the UK. This is our way of marking the 50th anniversary in 2017 of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – a landmark moment for human rights.

The programme builds to a single campaign day – Tuesday, 21 March 2017 – when people everywhere are encouraged to watch and share the films in solidarity with LGBT communities in countries where freedom and equal rights are limited.

In 2016, people in 179 countries worldwide watched the films, with 1.57 million views on websites and social media.

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View Jamie
Watch for free 9 mins

Jamie 2016

After chatting to a guy online, Jamie makes the bold step to meet up with him in person.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Christopher Manning

View Heavy Weight
Heavy Weight
Watch for free 12 mins

Heavy Weight 2016

A boxer finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a new fighter at his club.

12 mins Director. Jonny Ruff

View Crush
Watch for free 8 mins

Crush 2016

One day while waiting for the train to school, Ella see's Jamie. For the days to follow she can't get her out of her head.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Rosie Westhoff

View Where We Are Now
Where We Are Now
Watch for free 9 mins

Where We Are Now 2016

A personal insight into the relationship between a daughter and her trans parent as they embark on the road to transition.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Lucie Rachel

View Still Burning
Still Burning
Watch for free 9 mins

Still Burning 2016

A young migrant from Guadeloupe on the French vogue scene cares for his younger brother who is getting ready for his first ball.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Rowley

Five short films available for free online throughout BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, in partnership with the British Council.

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