Pureland Foundation returns as principal sponsor for BFI Flare

The Pureland Foundation will once again be the principal sponsor of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, following the success of last year’s event.

Bruno Wang, founder of the Pureland Foundation, says: “We were delighted to support BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival for the first time last year and to be back as the main supporter for this year’s events.

“The festival mirrors the Pureland Foundation’s belief in the power of the arts and culture to promote inclusion and social well-being and to celebrate diversity in our communities.”

BFI Flare is one of the world’s most important LGBTQ+ events. It is the largest film festival of its kind in Europe and will attract more than 25,000 people from 21-31 March at BFI Southbank.

The 33nd festival’s programme includes more than 50 features, 80-plus shorts and a wide range of special events and discussions.

The festival will open with the breath-taking period drama Vita & Virginia, charting the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West, starring Elizabeth Debicki and Gemma Arterton.

The centrepiece screening of the festival is the UK premiere of Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, capturing both the highs and lows of one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars.

The Closing Night Gala will be the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Adapted from Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy, it tells the captivating real-life story of the most compelling literary hoax in a generation.

Additional programme highlights include Marco Berger’s sweet and sexy The Blond One, which sees a tentative friendship between two young men blossom into a beautiful bromance, and Mapplethorpe, which stars Matt Smith as the legendary photographer.

Tickets are on sale via bfi.org.uk/flare to BFI patrons, champions and members from 25 February and to the general public on 28 February.