Three new short films commissioned by BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, the British Council  and BFI NETWORK, building on the annual project FiveFilmsForFreedom.



FiveFilmsForFreedom is the global, digital LGBTIQ+ film festival, is brought to you by the British Council and the BFI. Each year audiences in London enjoy BFI Flare, the LGBTIQ+ film festival, and now at the same time people all over the world can watch five films from the festival for free online.

In Summer 2020 we also present three further films produced for the campaign More Films for Freedom. 

This year’s pilot More Films for Freedom programme supports urgent, creative collaborations exploring LGBTIQ+ themes. The three selected projects will showcase a breadth of distinctive filmmaking voices and explore diverse themes including sexuality and conflict; inter-generational gay culture; and migration and family ties.

They include two documentaries and one fiction project, with collaborations between UK filmmakers and Syrian, Palestinian and South African filmmakers currently based in Lebanon, Israel, and South Africa.

The three selected projects have each been awarded a grant from the British Council of £10,500 to cover all stages of production.

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The Men Who Speak GayleThe Men Who Speak Gayle

Documentary202011 mins

Searching for one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.

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Drama202021 mins

A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.

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Let My Body SpeakLet My Body Speak

Documentary202010 mins

Our bodies store memories: A childhood in Damascus, OCD, the revolution, falling in love with a woman.