The highly respected BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival has announced Pureland Foundation as its main partnership for this year’s event.
BFI: Flare is one of the world’s most important LGBTQ+ events. It is the largest film festival of its kind in Europe and is expected to attract more than 25,000 people from March 21 to April 1.
The programme for the 32nd festival includes more than 50 features, 90-plus shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and much more. All screenings will be held at the BFI Southbank.
Bruno Wang, the founder of the Pureland Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.
“The festival mirrors our belief in the power of the arts and culture to promote inclusion and social well-being and to celebrate diversity in our communities. The programme is extremely exciting and we look forward to seeing audiences come together to enjoy these creative and thought-provoking films.”
Tricia Tuttle, the artistic director for BFI Festivals, launching the programme said: “Queer cinema has never offered more richly complex and diverse characters and stories than we have seen in the past few years and that shines through in the quality of festival that the programme team has put together.”
The Centrepiece Screening of this year’s festival is the world premiere of A Deal with the Universe, a UK feature documentary and the debut of Jason Barker, a former BFI Flare programmer. It tells the inspiring tale of a very different kind of pregnancy, drawing on filmed diaries made over the past 10 years that document Jason’s gender transition as well has his parental journey. This film is ground-breaking in terms of its intimate insights into gender identity and new parenthood.
The Special Presentation is Robin Campillo’s modern queer classic 120 BPM, a rousing, heartbreaking account of ACT-UP: Paris, an Aids activist group. The Special Event in collaboration with The Art Machine is Rise: QTIPOC.
Representation and Visibility in Film is a one-day series of talks and workshops that will provide a platform to examine the importance of inclusion and the stories of queer people of colour, both on and off the screen.
Ms Tuttle said: “Diversity has inspired us to update our festival name to BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival. That Q+ reflects shifts in cultural conversations around identity and also the festival’s own ethos as welcoming and inclusive.”
With that in mind, other highlights will be the world premiere of Laura Marie Wayne’s moving documentary Love, Scott – a sensitive and moving portrait of a young man left paralysed after a homophobic attack. The film charts the impact of the attack over the year that followed his life-changing ordeal.
Stumped, directed by Robin Berghaus, is an extraordinary documentary that tells the story of comedian Will Lautzenheiser, a young film professor who prevails over the loss of his limbs with humour and revolutionary medicine.
Pulse, which is directed by Stevie Cruz-Martin, features a young disabled man embarking on a radical transition while Fighters of Demons, Makers of Cakes is an unconventional and fantastical collection of shorts curated by Sandra Alland, which examines LGBTQ+ disabled, neurodiversity, chronically ill and/or D/deaf lives.
Tickets go on sale via bfi.org.uk/flare to BFI Patrons, Champions and Members from February 26 and to the general public on March 5.