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BFI Flare Announces First LGBT Film Mentorship Program

BFI Flare Announces First LGBT Film Mentorship Program

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival has announced the successful filmmakers who will take part in the inaugural BFI Flare Mentorship program in
partnership with Creative Skillset. This pilot program offers support to five emerging LGBT filmmakers who will be mentored by a senior figure from the
film industry as they develop industry knowledge, professional connections, their passion for cinema and an overview of LGBT features entering the
marketplace with a tailored 9 month program of talks and screenings.

The winning filmmaker participants and their specially chosen mentors are:

  • Aleem Khan, writer/director, whose short film “Three Brothers” was BAFTA nominated in 2015 and who is currently working on new feature, “After Love.”


Ben Roberts
, Director, BFI Lottery Film Fund

  • Claire Kurylowski, whose web-based work, “In Real Life,” garnered a place in Dazed Digital’s Visionaries series and had its cinema premiere at the Institute of
    Contemporary Arts as part of London Short Film Festival

Ester Martin Bergsmark, award-winning Swedish filmmaker (“Something Must Break,” She Male Snails“)

  • Islay Bell-Webb, writer, an NFTS graduate who co-wrote “Slap” (directed by Nick Rowland), which was also BAFTA nominated earlier this year

Russell T. Davies OBE
(“Doctor Who” and recently “Cucumber,” “Banana” and “Tofu”)

Mentors: Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures, former editor Screen International; and BAFTA-nominated producer Gavin Humphries

  • Scout Stuart
    whose debut feature “Mud” was selected for initial development with Creative England’s iFeatures. He also co-wrote the recent short film “The Pig Child” 

Hong Khaou, director of BAFTA-nominated “Lilting

Tricia Tuttle, BFI Deputy Head of Festivals, said, “

Watching BFI Flare (formerly LLGFF) grow in the last decades, we can see just how much LGBT cinema has matured and emerged from the shadows. This is
rich, vibrant work representing the diversity of LGBT experience across the globe. But we were also aware there is still a lot of work to be done to
support British filmmakers who are LGBT identified and who may want to tell these stories. We were genuinely impressed by the number of quality
applications we received, and blown away by the talent and spirit of our five selected filmmakers. The future of British LGBT cinema looks very bright

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