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

Free to watch worldwide

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

  • Choose when to watch – once you start a feature film, you have four hours to finish
  • Want more? You can buy tickets until 11pm on Sunday 28 March
  • Throughout the festival, join us for free events on BFI YouTube and BFI Flare Facebook
  • If you get stuck, get in touch with box.office@bfi.org.uk

Ticket prices

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Our history

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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