#FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 - Love is a Human Right

#FiveFilms4Freedom 2017

#FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 ran from 16-26 March 2017. The first global digital LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) short-film programme was brought to you for a third year by the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI).

From 16 March 2017, audiences in London were enjoying BFI Flare, the LGBT film festival. At the same time, people from all over the world watched five films from the festival for free online. 

The #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List will be published in July 2017.

Love is a human right

The programme built to a single campaign day – Tuesday, 21 March 2017 – when people everywhere were encouraged to watch and share the films in solidarity with LGBT communities in countries where freedom and equal rights are limited.

In 2016, people in 179 countries worldwide watched the films, with 1.57 million views on websites and social media.

Short films selected for #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017

The five short films selected for #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 include both drama and documentaries and tell stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences. The films were available to watch online from 16-26 March 2017.

Please click here for more details about #FiveFilms4Freedom.

Crush (UK 2016 / 8 mins). An almost wordless story from director Rosie Westhoff of the flash of first love as a young girl waits for her train in Britain. © Rosie Westhoff ©



Jamie (UK 2016 / 9 mins). After chatting to a guy online, shy Jamie makes the bold step to meet up with him in person. Directed by Christopher Manning. © Christopher Manning
Where we are now

Where We Are Now (UK 2016 / 9 mins). An intimate documentary portrait by Lucie Rachel of the relationship between a transgender parent and her bisexual daughter in Scotland. © Lucie Rachel

Still Burning
Still Burning (UK/France 2016 / 9 mins). Era, a young migrant from Guadeloupe living in Paris, introduces his brother to leotards, heels and the fierce attitude of the dance movement voguing. Directed by Nick Rowley. © Nick Rowley
Heavy weight
Heavy Weight (UK 2016 / 13 mins). A boxer finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a new fighter at the club in this film by Jonny Ruff. © Jonny Ruff ©



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