BFI Flare is back and this time it's screening both in its original home at BFI Southbank, London, and on the BFI's digital platform. It includes many of the best new LGBTQ+ themed films from around the world.

The festival runs from 16 to 27 March.

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Just as the Earth is, our inner selves are made up of many layers that make up our identity and tell the story of our existence.
A teenager in a rock band falls for his best friend, who is also one of his bandmates, while acting as his confidante and listening to his plans to impress girls.
Jimmy In Saigon
Jimmy In Saigon
The director goes in search of the truth about his brother Jimmy, a Vietnam veteran, who died in Saigon at the age of 24 and whose parents never explained how it happened, rarely mentioning his name.
Framing Agnes
Framing Agnes
After discovering case files from a 1950s gender clinic, a cast of transgender actors turn a talk show inside out to confront the legacy of a young trans woman forced to choose between honesty and access.
Cop Secret
Cop Secret
Mismatched buddy cop spoof.
Rising from the nihilistic ashes of the punk movement in the late 1970s, a fresh crowd of flamboyant fashionistas, who would later be christened the New Romantics, began to materialise on the streets of London.
Girls Girls Girls
Girls Girls Girls
Mimmi, Emma and Rönkkö are girls at the cusp of womanhood, trying to draw their own contours. In three consecutive Fridays two of them experience the earth-moving effects of falling in love, while the third goes on a quest to find something she’s never experienced before: pleasure.
On the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and Shery, co-founders and guitarists of the Middle East's first all-female metal band, wrestle with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their pursuit of becoming thrash metal rock stars.
Charli XCX: Alone Together
Charli XCX: Alone Together
Acclaimed pop star Charli XCX teams up with her legions of queer fans across the globe to create a new album, in this DIY documentary.
Link does his best to protect his younger half-brother Travis from their father’s violent rages. But one night he discovers a dark family secret and realises that he must leave his father, who symbolises the violent cultural evisceration of European colonisation.
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Flare Features

Mariano Biasin on intense friendships, music and Sublime
Finding trust
Phillip Lewitski and Joshua Odjick on working relationships, wasps and Wildhood
The substance of style
Kevin Hegge on Tramps! and the artistic legacy of the New Romantics
Finding the beauty in everything
Adam Kalderon on his own sporting past and The Swimmer
The agony and the ecstasy
Leigh Brooks on Life Of Agony and documentary The Sound Of Scars
All or nothing
Lauren Hadaway on obsession, self harm and shooting The Novice
Raising their voices
TJ Parsell on Nashville, misogyny and Invisible: Gay Women In Southern Music
Bowled over
Lyle Kash on creating new narratives and making Death And Bowling
From saving goals to shooting film
Icelandic goalie Hannes Þór Halldórsson on his movie debut Cop Secret
Secret plan
Cop Secret writers and stars on how a comedy trailer turned into an action movie
A natural thing
Park Kun-young on A Distant Place and the ongoing struggle for acceptance in South Korea

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