BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ returns from 17 to 28 March 2021 celebrating the best new LGBTIQ+ films from around the world.

The festival will be presented entirely virtually, and we welcome all young people (18 to 25-year-olds) based in the UK and interested in pursuing and progressing a career in the film industry to apply for Film Academy accreditation to make the most of this year’s festival. Over 25’s in full-time education and in possession of a valid student ID can also apply.

Film Academy festival pass benefits

Virtual press and industry screenings

From Monday 15 March there will be virtual press and industry screenings taking place on the virtual press and industry platform (powered by Shift72).

The virtual press and industry screenings will take place at designated times (usually from 9am until 4pm) and be available to stream for a limited period of time.

Digital viewing library

Along with the virtual press and industry screenings some films will be available for catch-up in the digital viewing library (also available on Shift72) from Monday 22 March until Sunday 28 March.

Short films will be available to stream for free on BFI Player.

Virtual networking events

Opportunities throughout the festival to connect with film and television professionals through virtual networking sessions.

BFI discounts

Discounted BFI Membership and BFI Player subscription.


See Access information for BFI Flare delegates for information on closed caption subtitles, audio description, and our commitment to ensuring festival access for all delegates.

How to apply

We offer one type of accreditation for young people wishing to attend the festival:

  • Film Academy accreditation — £25 (including VAT)

Applications open at 12pm Thursday 4 February.

The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 12 March 2021, or once all the passes have been sold (whichever is earlier).

Contact us

There will be no physical delegate centre for 2021. All delegate assistance will be available online. For any queries or questions please email