The world’s widest-reaching digital celebration of LGBTIQ+ themed film returns from 18 – 29 March 2020.

Five Films For Freedom is a global, online short film programme in support of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) rights.

BFI Flare invites audiences to watch the five films online in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited, and to spread the word using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom.

This is an amazing chance for people across the globe to watch films that show representation and to offer support and hope. This year there are five very different shorts. Only one is specifically lesbian/bisexual which we have highlighted at the top.

FAB FACT: Lesflicks curated this film in February 2020 as part of their LGBT History Month short film collection that was made available free to libraries and community groups across the UK to show for free.


Directed by Nosa Eke

“Maddie what about you, which boy do you like?”
This short film tells the story of a queer teenager struggling with her sexuality as her desires manifest their way from the depths of her eerie closet into reality.

Watch an interview with director Nosa Eke


Directed by Sarah-Jane Drummey

Jack prepares to take the stage at an Irish dancing competition as family members come to terms with their feelings around their child’s gender identity.

Watch an interview with director Sarah-Jane Drummey


Directed by Caio Scot

“Why would he hide something like that from me?”
Leo struggles to approach his father after discovering a secret.


Directed by Laura Kirwan-Ashman

“It is more than clubbing. It’s that sense of community where people actually care about each other.”
Writer-director Laura Kirwan-Ashman welcomes you into the world of Pxssy Palace, a London based QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of colour) collective and club night.

Watch an interview with director Laura Kirwan-Ashman


Directed by Julia Dahr and Julie Lunde Lillesæte

“Growing up gay in a small town wasn’t easy”
Bjørn-Tore left his rural hometown to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced growing up. Decades later he returns for Norway’s first-ever rural Pride celebration. Thrilled to see his neighbours hoisting a pride flag, he hopes that the turn out for Pride is higher than the numbers of anti-pride demonstrators from the local church group.

Watch an interview with co-director Julie Lunde Lillesæte

What is Five Films?

Five Films is a coordinated effort from a global network of over 100 countries which will encourage people to watch the films in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited. The campaign will ask audiences to share the films using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom in recognition of the fact that love is a human right.

Since the project began, 14 million people have viewed the films in over 200 countries and principalities, including parts of the world where homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.

Five Films work in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival