We are committed to providing an environment that is welcoming, as accessible as possible, and inclusive for all festival guests and attendees, team members and volunteers.

The LGBTQIA+ community have had to fight for the space to live openly and be visible in our society and BFI Flare has been created to not only showcase the best in LGBTQIA+ film from many perspectives, but to also provide a safe space in which communities can celebrate themselves and each other. This is even more important as we begin to think about digital spaces and the complexity of anonymity in these spaces.

When operating in a digital space, we kindly ask that you disclose your pronouns as standard. This helps enormously when considering inclusivity in our spaces.

For accessibility for partially-sighted and blind guests, we ask that you self-describe before speaking on our live networking events. For example: ‘Hi, my name is Ellen and I’m a black female with curly hair just past my chin. I’m wearing a grey jumper, and I’m sitting in a blue room with flowers behind me.’

BFI Flare does not tolerate harassment 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 BFI Flare you agree to abide by the spirit of the Guidance and Principles which you can find on our Set of principles page.


Harassment can include but is not limited to: 

  • abusive comments and insults
  • prejudice (for example, related to gender identity and expression, sexuality, age, race, religion/belief, disability, or socio-economic background, as well as the intersections between)
  • deliberate intimidation, 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 and are expected to comply immediately, and at the discretion of the organisers may be expelled from the event (without refund), and be ineligible to attend in future years.

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.

Reporting – if behaviour falls short of our principles and guidance

We encourage all attendees to be active bystanders. 

During the festival, if you are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome, notice someone else being harassed or have any other concerns, you can tell a member of our staff, volunteer or security teams. They will help or find someone who can. Every event will have a BFI Flare representative in attendance. These members will be highlighted during each individual event. There will also be dedicated guardians at live events that will be proactively working to make events as safe as possible.

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 as well as treat the incident with sensitivity and discretion.

If you prefer to get in touch in writing, please email indoffice@bfi.org.uk.

However, as a delegate should you experience behaviour that is of concern to you during the festival, these are some of the options available to you:

London Metropolitan Police

Call 101 or if an emergency 999

You can report hate crime online via the Metropolitan Police website, but you can also report hate crime to other agencies if you prefer.

Switchboard LGBT Helpline

Helpline: 0300 330 0630
Hours: 10am to 10pm everyday

Switchboard is an LGBTQIA+ specific helpline that exists as a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. Switchboard supports people to explore the right options for themselves. We aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.

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 an 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. 

LGBT Foundation

Helpline: 0345 330 3030
Hours: 9am to 9pm

An organisation that specialises in support for the LGBTQIA+ community, prioritising trans and non-binary people, bisexual people, women and over 50s who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. 


LGBT Hate Crime Helpline: 020 7704 2040
Hours: 10am to 4pm

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428
Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Thursday 10am to 8pm

Galop has provided advice, support, research and lobbying around the issues of LGBT+ policing for over 30 years. It now functions as a charity with a wealth of experience and support around LGBTQIA+ specific hate crime, domestic violence and sexual assault. If there is a risk associated with you seeking help, please feel free to reach out to one of our guardians in the event, or if that isn’t possible, please email Galop directly at the following email address: help@galop.org.uk

If it’s an emergency please contact the police on 999.

Albert Kennedy Trust

London Helpline: 020 7831 6562 (other contact numbers available at akt.org.uk/contact)
Hours: 10am to 4:30pm

The Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment by guiding young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

Stonewall/ Stonewall Housing

Helpline: 0800 050 2020
Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Stonewall is an organisation with a long history of giving advice on a range of different LGBTQIA+ specific issues, including LGBTQIA+ homelessness.

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.