From 16–26 March 2017, audiences in London enjoyed BFI Flare, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival. At the same time, we invited people all over the world to watch five films from the festival for free online.

Love is a human right

On 21 March 2017, we asked the world to watch a movie together to show that love is a human right and to pledge their support, by tweeting and sharing with the hashtag #FiveFilms4Freedom

In 2017, for one year only, all five films were UK productions. This was our way of marking the 50th anniversary in 2017 of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – a landmark moment for human rights. We'll also be publishing the #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List in July 2017 to mark the day of the 50th anniversary. 

The five short films selected for #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 included both drama and documentaries and tell stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences.

They ranged from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression.