The BFI Flare programme launch may not be happening until Tuesday 18 February, but they couldn’t help but tease us with an early announcement of the opening, closing and centrepiece screenings a week early.

We must say, we’re very excited!

The fantastic Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen from Sam Feder, which premiered at Sundance is the centrepiece film that will screen on Thursday 26 March 2020. This film is proving that you can work with trans crew as well as delving into the challenges of queer filmmaking with an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender representation in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton and Chaz Bono share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments, tracing a history that is at once dehumanising, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous.

The closing film of the festival is the debut film by Olivier Award-winning playwright and theatre director Jessica Swale. Summerland, stars Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and is a beautiful film set in Kent, England  in 1940, where fiercely independent writer Alice (Gemma Arterton) secludes herself in study: occupied by her work but also profoundly lonely, haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and wonder awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions.  Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, and that hope and second chances do exist.

The opening film is one of the men, with the world Premiere of Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s CICADA, which opens the Festival on Wednesday 18th March. When Ben (Matt Fifer) and Sam (Sheldon D. Brown) randomly meet whilst browsing discount books at a street stall, they form an instant connection. But as they slowly let their guards down and reveal intimate details about their lives, both begin to recognise the need to confront past traumas if they are to truly let the other person in.

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Disclosure – trans lives on screen



The full BFI Flare 2020 programme

The full programme gets released on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at the BFI. As soon as we know the full programme, we will be listing out the films of interest to you.

As we normally do, we will be producing a few useful articles, including a schedule of how to watch every single wlw film during the festival (assuming you can get tickets!)

We will also be holding a couple of social events at the festival and are looking to do a film club to one of the wlw films (more details to follow as soon as they are available).

These will be collated into an article, and also will be searchable on the website at:

About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival is the UK’s longest running queer film event. It began in 1986 as Gay’s Own Pictures. By its 3rd edition it was tagged the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and since then has grown to become the largest LGBTIQ+ film event in the UK, and its most anticipated. The Festival changed its name to BFI Flare in 2014 to reflect the increasing diversity of its films, filmmakers and audience.

The festival is programmed by Jay Bernard, Michael Blyth, Zorian Clayton, Brian Robinson, Emma Smart and guest programmer Tara Brown, led by Festivals Director, Tricia Tuttle.

The 2019 edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival included 53 feature films, an expanded industry programme, selected films on BFI Player VOD service, a series of special events and archive screenings. fiveFilms4freedom saw BFI Flare offer five LGBTIQ+ short films for free across the world and promoted through the British Council’s global networks.

Ticket pricess

BFI Members pay £6.50-£10.50

Non-members pay £8.00-£12.60

Concessions £6.50-£8.20

Under 25s can turn up 45 minutes before a screening and if there is a seat, can get a ticket for £3

Opening and closing films are £15.20

All films on Sunday 29 March are £8.00