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London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival rebranded as Flare

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- 28th edition of festival to be programmed thematically like the London Film Festival

London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival rebranded as Flare
Lilting by Hong Khaou

The British Film Institute’s (BFI) long running London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, now in its 28th edition, has been rebranded Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. Flare (March 20 – 30) will open with the European Premiere of Hong Khaou’s Lilting [+see also:
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(UK), which opened the World Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and close with Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays (Australia) which won a Best Director Award at Sundance and also screened at the Berlin Film Festival where it won a Crystal Bear. BFI has also launched a BFI Flare collection on its VOD platform BFI Player and a monthly screening programme at the BFI Southbank.

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Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Cinemas and Festivals said, “After extensive consultation with our audiences in 2013, we have renamed the festival to reflect the increasing diversity of the programme and the people who identify with and embrace it. BFI Flare is inclusive and welcoming to all audiences and it also has a conceptual richness suggesting the light of a cinema projector or a beacon and the spark of an idea, moving forward and growing outward.”

The festival will include over 50 features from the UK, USA, Australia, Cuba, Spain, Canada, Slovenja, Denmark, Croatia, Brazil, Switzerland, Nepal, France, Chile, Argentina, Philippines, Mexico, Poland, Nigeria, and India and like its sister festival, the BFI London Film Festival, the programme is now divided into thematic strands. These include Hearts - films about love, romance and friendship; Bodies - stories of sex, identity and transformation; and Minds - reflections on art, politics and community.

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