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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Cop Secret
Cop Secret
Mismatched buddy cop spoof.
Tramps!
Tramps!
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.
Girl Picture
Girl Picture
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.
Sirens
Sirens
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.
Wildhood
Wildhood
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.
The Swimmer
The Swimmer
Having earned himself a coveted spot at an elite training camp, talented swimmer Erez finds himself thrust into an unforgiving world of sporting rivalry, battling against his peers for a place on the Israeli Olympic swimming team - while falling for a teammate.
The Sound Of Scars
The Sound Of Scars
A documentary about metal band Life of Agony, whose lead singer Mina Caputo came out as transgender in 2011.
Benediction
Benediction
Siegfried Sassoon biopic.
Parallel Mothers
Parallel Mothers
Two women, a generation apart, find themselves inextricably linked by their brief time together in a maternity ward, bound by a secret with ties to a deep trauma in Spanish history.
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Flare Features

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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