The world’s largest LGBT Film Festival will hit London for its 30th year running come March 16-27. The BFI Flare fest previously announced this month that it will host the world premiere of Ben A. Williams’ “The Pass” and will close with Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime.” The days in between the two premieres will include over 50 feature films and more than 100 shorts various guest appearances, masterclasses and workshops.
The most significant edition to this year’s Flare Festival is the BFI’s decision to separate the week into 3 sections: Hearts, Minds and Bodies. Of the three categories, films like Neil Armfield’s “Holding the Man,” Lorenzo Vigas’ “From Afar,” Rigoberto Perzecano’s “Carmin Tropical” and Jack Walsh’s “Yvonne Rainer: Facts are Feelings” will screen.
The three genres of films will highlight new British talent, including a transgender component and a discussion of queer science and new technology. This never-before-done discussion at a film festival will happen at the BFI Flare Sci-Tech Lab and will probe specific interactions between “queer bodies” and culture, and its intersection with the sciences and technological developments since the 1980s.