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

It will be presented as a virtual festival in its entirety, and we welcome press based in the UK currently reporting and/or reviewing, in a professional capacity, in the UK film industry and wider screen sectors to apply for free press accreditation.

Due to rights restrictions, unfortunately only those based in the UK can access both the digital viewing library and the press and industry screenings.

Festival press 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 until Sunday 28 March.

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


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 press based in the UK wishing to attend the festival:

  • Full accreditation – free

Applications open at 12pm Thursday 4 February.

The deadline for applications is 12pm Friday 12 March 2021. We cannot guarantee the processing of any application submitted after this date. Any requests for accreditation after this date will be considered on a case by case basis.

Contact us

There will be no physical delegate centre for 2020. All delegate assistance will be available online. For any queries or questions please email