We are committed to providing an online and in person environment, which is welcoming as accessible as possible, and inclusive for all festival guests and attendees, team members and volunteers.
Festival anti-piracy policy
Unauthorised streaming or recording is prohibited. Cameras are not permitted in venue screenings and recording sound, taking pictures or filming will result in immediate expulsion. You are not permitted to post or publish screenshots or photos of virtual screeners on social media or anywhere online. Advanced security measures such as forensic and visible watermarking are in place to prevent and track piracy for online screenings, and if caught legal action will be pursued and delegate access will be permanently revoked.
BFI bullying and harassment principles
The BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival does not tolerate bullying, harassment and racism or harmful behaviour in any form. The BFI are co-founders alongside BAFTA of the guidance and principles which seek to professionalise behaviour and conduct within the screen industries.
By attending these festivals you agree to abide to the guidance and principles.
This can include, but is not limited to:
- abusive comments and insults
- online attacks such as doxing and impersonation
- prejudice (for example, related to gender identity and expression, sexuality, age, race, religion/belief, disability, or socio-economic background)
- deliberate intimidation, threats, stalking, or following
- unwelcome touching or sexual attention
- invasions of private space and personal boundaries
- violence or aggression
- harassing photography or recording
- sustained disruption of talks or other events through trolling or other methods
- advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
Anyone violating these principles will be asked to stop, be expelled from the event (without refund), and be ineligible to attend in future years.
Reporting – if behaviour falls short of our principles and guidance
Before they attend we encourage all attendees to be active bystanders and to take this online course.
During the festival, if you are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome, notice someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns email us about the incident at IndOffice@bfi.org.uk. Your immediate safety will be our first priority. We will listen from a position of belief, and keep what you say in confidence until and if agreed otherwise, and can recommend relevant support agencies and services.
If you tell us about an incident, your immediate safety will be our first priority. We will listen from a position of belief, and keep what you say in confidence until and if agreed otherwise, and can recommend relevant support agencies and services.
However, should you experience behaviour that is of concern to you BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, see below for some of the options available to you.
London Metropolitan Police
You can report hate crime online via the Metropolitan Police website but you can also report hate crime to other agencies if you prefer.
National Rape Crisis
Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Hours: 12 to 2:30pm and 7 to 9:30pm every day of the year
The Helpline can provide support and information about local Rape Crisis services and is accessible 365 days a year to women who have survived any form of sexual violence, no matter how long ago. We offer specialised, confidential support, information and referral details completely free of charge. The helpline is also available to provide an immediate source of support to friends and family of survivors, as well as other professionals, to help them understand how best to support female survivors of sexual violence.
Stop Hate UK
Helpline: 0800 138 1625
Hours: 24 hours a day
Stop Hate UK offer independent and confidential hate crime reporting services in commissioned areas around the UK, whether you are a victim of hate crime, you have witnessed incident you believe to be a hate crime or you are a third party to an incident that could be a hate crime. There are a range of ways to report hate crime, either online, by text or by post.