The world’s widest-reaching digital celebration of LGBTQ+ themed film is back!

Every year, British Council and BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival makes five LGBTQ+ themed short films available for the world to watch online for free in support of freedom and equality.

This year, the festival will run from 17 to 28 March, and address themes such as self-expression, homophobia in rural communities, coming out as a teenager, and finding love later in life through its selection of films. This year's short films look at an intersection of LGBTIQ+ perspectives to explore love and acceptance.

Running since 2015, the programme has seen more than ten million people viewing the films in more than 200 countries and principalities, including many parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised.

In India, the short films are available to watch for free online until 28 March on British Council Arts YouTube channel and on JioCinema.

About this year's shortlisted films

1. Pure (USA)
Directed by Natalie Jasmine HarrisOn the eve of her cotillian ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

2. Victoria (Spain)
Directed by Daniel Toledo

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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?

Check out the schedule of events being held in India in partnership with The Queer Muslim Project as part of Five Films for Freedom 2021.

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