Our springtime celebration might look a bit different this year, but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to bringing you the best in contemporary queer cinema from across the world.
What to expect
If you’re in the UK
- Feature film premieres
- Free short films
- Watch films any time during the festival
- Exclusive filmmaker intros and Q&As
- Closed captioning and audio description on English-language films
Free to watch worldwide
- Virtual events programme including Screen Talks with subtitles
- #FiveFilmsForFreedom: 5 short films presented in partnership with British Council
Download the festival brochure
How to fest
1. Delve deep
Discover the programme
- Explore the line-up, watch the programme launch presentation for exclusive film clips, read the brochure and get our programmers’ recommendations for your watchlist
- Get priority booking access by becoming a BFI Member
- Save money with a festival pass for 10 feature films of your choice
Subject to availability on individual films. Please note, we’re unable to exchange individual tickets into passes, as per our non-transferable and non-refundable ticket policy.
2. Get ready
Snap up your tickets
- Book tickets online or by phone 020 7928 3232 from 25 February to 16 March from 10am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). From 17 to 28 March phones lines are open 11am to 7pm (Monday to Thursday) and 11am to 9pm (Friday to Sunday).
- We can only sell festival passes by phone — so make sure you have your list of 10 films selected in advance. Find out more.
- Sign up for a free BFI Player account
- Redeem your tickets for feature films so that they’re ready on your BFI Player account
- Prep your home cinema
- Get involved on social media using #BFIFlare
3. It’s show time
Make it your own
- £10 / £8 for BFI Members
- £5 for 16 to 25-year-olds – sign up for your free BFI 25 & Under account
Sign up to BFI Flare emails
Get the latest #BFIFlare news and ticket release updates.
BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival is the UK’s longest running queer film event. It began in 1986 as Gay’s Own Pictures. By its 3rd edition it was tagged the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and since then has grown to become the largest LGBTIQ+ film event in the UK, and its most anticipated. The festival changed its name to BFI Flare in 2014 to reflect the increasing diversity of its films, filmmakers and audience.
The festival is programmed by Jay Bernard, Michael Blyth, Zorian Clayton, Brian Robinson, Emma Smart and guest programmer Tara Brown, led by Festivals Director, Tricia Tuttle.
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