The full programme has been announced for BFI Flare, the London LGBT Film Festival for 2017.
The 31st edition of the Festival opened with the world premiere of Fergus O’Brien’s BBC production, Against the Law at BFI Southbank, and will close with the international premiere of Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move at BFI Southbank.
One of the most significant and long-standing film events in the world’s LGBT calendar, BFI Flare will present over 50 features, more than 100 shorts and a wide range of special events, guest appearances, discussions, workshops, club nights and much more.
Tricia Tuttle, BFI Deputy Head of Festivals said:
“If last year’s 30th anniversary of the Festival was time for reflection on just how far we’ve come, many world events in the 12 months since have reminded us just how vital this event still is. And what a programme we have to offer this year – it’s vibrant, politically engaged, playful, stirring – and with a number of world, international and European premieres on offer, BFI Flare is absolutely the place to see the best new LGBT cinema first.”
The Centrepiece Screening of the 2017 Festival is the European premiere of Torrey Pines, a psychedelic stop-motion animation about a child grappling with gender identity and a schizophrenic mother. The film will be accompanied by a live score from director Clyde Petersen’s Queercore band, Your Heart Breaks.
The year’s Special Presentations are both world premieres: the new UK web series, Different for Girls, a smart, sassy, sexy multi-layered lesbian drama, directed by award-winning Festival alumni Campbell X and After Louie in which Alan Cumming plays a New York artist whose life is turned upside down by an encounter with a much younger man.
Tickets go on sale via bfi.org.uk/flare