Wednesday 17 March 2021 to Sunday 28 March 2021

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

We invite audiences everywhere 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.

Please note, some of the films in our programme this year contain nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Viewer discretion is advised.

Join us on Twitter using #FiveFilmsForFreedom and help spread the world ! 

More about the 2021 programme

Trans Happiness is Real (UK)

Directed by Quinton Baker
A transgender activist takes to the streets of Oxford to fight anti-trans sentiment through graffiti.

Victoria (Spain)

Directed by Daniel Toledo
A bittersweet reunion between a trans woman and her ex sparks tension and a long buried resentment.

Pure (USA)

Directed by Natalie Jasmine Harris
On the eve of her cotillian ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

Land of the Free (Sweden) 

Directed by Dawid Ullgren
David and his friends celebrate his 25th birthday with a swim at the beach. The good mood quickly changes after two straight couples walk by and laugh. But was the laughter directed at them? And who owns the truth of what exactly happened? 

Bodies of Desire (India)

Directed by Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab 
Using Varsha Panikar's poetry series of the same name, Bodies of Desire is a visual poetry film capturing four sets of lovers amid passion.