From the wealth of films and events in the festival, these are just a few suggestions from the main public programme which also includes the exciting Film Academy programme for 16 to 25s. It’s all online; some is free to access, other elements are require payment.

Please note that not all films have been certified by the BBFC; age guidance is recommendation only. We suggest that teachers watch short films themselves in advance. Please contact corinna.downing@bfi.org.uk if you have questions regarding the suitability of an element of the programme.

Films

Hearts
Calling all drama geeks! This 90s-set teen dramedy is a fun-filled throwback to those most awkward of years.

Dramarama

Hearts
AJ discovers it’s not so bad being on a family holiday when she meets flirtatious lifeguard Isla in this smart and funny first feature.

Sweetheart

Hearts
Amidst the grief of losing her mother, sheltered teen Claudia discovers friendship and love for the first time in this beautiful and sublime debut.

My First Summer

Bodies
Young trans activist and Brazilian YouTube star Thiessa Woinbackk leads a superb cast in this impressive debut feature that sees a tough transgender teen demand her rights.

Valentina

Bodies
Kenyan couple Samuel and Alex remain committed to each other despite the danger and hardship facing them in Pete Murimi’s moving documentary portrait.

I Am Samuel