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At a public launch event this week the BFI announced the full line up for this year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. They also announced that the festival is to be renamed BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.

The name change was announced by Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Cinemas and Festivals:

“After extensive consultation with our audiences in 2013, we have renamed the Festival to reflect the increasing diversity of the programme and the people who identify with and embrace it. BFI Flare is inclusive and welcoming to all audiences and it also has a conceptual richness suggesting the light of a cinema projector or a beacon and the spark of an idea, moving forward and growing outward.”

The festival has been operating under the same name since it first ran in 1986, and as festival programmer Brian Robinson has said, “If you say ‘lesbian and gay’, it’s very specific and we are bigger than that…BFI Flare is refreshing the brand. It is a lick of new paint.”

The festival will run from March 20th-30th, and will screen a huge variety of films which are grouped into three themed sections:

HEARTS – Films about love, romance and friendship

BODIES – Stories of sex, identity and transformation

MINDS – Reflections on art, politics and community

The festival will open with the European premiere of Hong Khaou’s Lilting, which is described as ‘…a tale of culture clash and miscommunication, which is also a lyrical engagement with the effects of sudden loss, on loved ones and their close family.’ The film stars Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei-Pei, and Peter Bowles. The festival will close with Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays, which follows a teenager attempting to come to terms with her mother’s transition from female to male, and which won a Best Director award at Sundance (plus a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale).

Films screened at the festival will also be made available on the BFI Player. You can get ticket information and peruse the full line up on the BFI website.

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