Five Films for Freedom, the world's widest-reaching LGBTQIA+ digital campaign, returns on 13 March, marking a decade of celebrating diverse stories from across the globe. This year, the campaign brings five compelling new films from the Philippines, India, Spain, the UK, and the USA to audiences worldwide.

Continuing its longstanding partnership with the BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, proudly presents this year's lineup of short films. In celebration of its tenth anniversary, this edition of Five Films for Freedom showcases LGBTQIA+ narratives that resonate with resilience and authenticity. From the historic defiance captured in Compton's 22 in San Francisco to the poignant exploration of love and understanding in Halfway, this year's selection promises to captivate audiences. The lineup includes Little One, Cursive, and The First Kiss, each delving into themes of family, identity, and the universal quest for acceptance. These films offer powerful perspectives on the LGBTQIA+ experience, inspiring conversations and fostering empathy worldwide.

From 13 to 24 March 2024, audiences everywhere are invited to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of LGBTQIA+ cinema, all from the comfort of their own homes. Audiences are encouraged to watch the films and share their experiences using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom.

Five Films for Freedom - India

In India, in partnership with The Queer Muslim Project12 screenings for the films will be held in 10 cities across India with 10 partners, as mentioned in the schedule below.

In partnership with JioTV and JioTV+, the films are available to watch online for free until 24 March on Jio TV and the British Council Arts YouTube channel

This year’s selection includes an Indian short film titled Halfway, directed by Kumar Chheda. Kumar will be part of the 2024 India campaign for the Five Films For Freedom in Delhi. 


Directed by Kumar Chheda (India – 14 mins)

 A turbulent couple ends up at different entrances of Juhu Beach, forcing them to walk towards each other and meet halfway.

Little One

Directed by Clister Santos (Philippines – 9 mins)

 A pregnant mother, unsure of how to raise a child, arranges an interview with her two gay dads but fate intervenes when his dad suffers a heart attack. Memories captured on an old camcorder help her reflect on their family's history.


Directed by Isabel SteubleJohnson (UK – 9 mins)

 When a woman on the verge of a breakup gets help from a mysterious stranger to improve her handwriting, she finds the inner voice she longed for all along.

The First Kiss

Directed by Miguel Lafuente (Spain – 9 mins)

 Today is a special day for Andi, heading to Madrid to have his first date with a boy he's met online, but things don’t turn out quite as he expected.

Compton's 22

Directed by Drew de Pinto (USA – 18 mins)

Three years prior to Stonewall, transgender sex workers and drag queens revolted against police violence at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Compton’s 22 imagines what happened. 

City Activity Date , Time and venue Patner(s)
Delhi Screening & Filmmaker Spotlight - In conversation with Kumar Chheda (Halfway)

13 March | 5 PM

British Council New Delhi


The Queer Muslim Project& British High Commission

16 March | 7 PM

India Habitat Centre (Gulmohar Hall)


Habitat International Film Festival
Gangtok  Screening & Discussion

22 March | 2 PM

Sampark - Drop-in Centre of Rainbow Hills Welfare Association

On-Site Registration 

Rainbow Hills Welfare Association


Agartala Screening & Discussion 

16 March | 6 PM 

JSky - Rooftop Cafe & Brasserie

On-Site Registration 

 Egaro Photo FestivalThe We4We Project
Kolkata Screening & Meet & Greet with Ruchira Das, Director of Arts, British Council India 

15 March | 4:30 PM

British Council Kolkata


British Council 
Shantiniketan Screening  15 March | 5 PM

Arthshila Shantiniketan

On-Site Registration

Bengaluru  Screenings & Discussion 22 March  | 3:30 PM & 6:30 PM

 Sandbox Collective


Sandbox Collective 
Chennai Screening & Panel Discussion

22 March | 6 PM 

British Council Chennai


British Council
Mumbai Screening & Panel Discussion

22 March | 7:30 PM

Harkat Studios


Harkat Studios


Ahmedabad  Screening   23 & 24 March | 11:30 AM

Arthshila Ahmedabad

On-Site Registration

Goa Screening & Community Mixer

16 March | 4-9 PM

The Storiculture Company


The Storiculture Company