BFI Flare 2018 - festival overview

2018 marks the 32nd LGBT Film Festival from BFI Flare. The festival will run from 21 March to 1 April at the BFI Southbank.

We already knew that My Days of Mercy starring Ellen Page and Kata Mara was to be the Opening Night film, and now we are able to run through the full festival.

As has always been the case since the re-brand to BFI Flare, the festival is broken down into strands.


Films about love, romance and friendship.


Stories of sex, identity and transformation.


Reflections on art, politics and community.

Short film programmes

Small but perfectly formed.

The festival programme

We were really impressed with the diversity of this year's content. There is a very strong focus on some of the less represented and niche areas of the LGBTQ+ community, including whole shorts strands on disabilities, queer people of colour and masculine presenting.

This year's festival includes an amazing 7 world premieres and a huge number of UK and European premieres. 

For the first time this year, Sunday will be a special day of repeat screenings with tickets available for just £8.

Five Films 4 Freedom continues this year, with the 5 free short films being announced on Monday 26 March. The Five Films 4 Freedom launched in 2015 and continues to grow. Last year 1.8m people from 22 countries watched the five films available in 2017, and the festival curators are hoping to smash that number this year!

To help you find what you are interested in, we have produced a few of our recommended films:

The full festival programme

The full 2018 BFI Flare programme is available here, but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:

  • Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
  • Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
  • Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package. 

BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival 2018About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England


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