BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ+ film festival, has released figures showing the success of this year’s event, where the Pureland Foundation was the main supporter.
The 32nd edition of the festival was attended by 183 filmmakers representing 19 countries and covering global LGBTQ+ cultures including India, Lebanon, Argentina, Thailand, Ireland, the UK, Brazil and Canada.
More than 27,000 people either visited festival screenings at BFI Southbank or watched them on the BFI player online.
Celebrities who attended included Rupert Everett, who hosted a Q&A about The Happy Prince, which he wrote, directed and starred in as a post-jail Oscar Wilde. Hugh Grant and James Wilby, stars of the 1987 film Maurice, based on EM Forster’s novel, attended its 30th anniversary screening, while Trudie Styler presented her 2017 work Freak Show, about a teenage rebel in a conservative community.
The Pureland Foundation was praised for its ongoing support by the organisers.
A BFI Flare spokesperson said: “To have the Pureland Foundation’s incredible support has given even more significance to a festival that means so much to so many.
“Support like this, and to have it for three years, protects this work and gives security and confidence to all the people who work so hard to pull it all together. We are incredibly thankful and we look forward to the rest of the year together – and future festivals!”
This year’s festival opened with the UK premiere of My Days of Mercy, a poignant love story between two women from vastly different backgrounds and political standpoints, and closed with Postcards from London, an exploration of unusual escort work and a celebration of the homoerotic in Baroque art.