17 - 28 March 2021

Five Films For Freedom is a global, online short film programme in support of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) rights, in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival. The 2021 programme finished on 28 March.

We invited audiences everywhere to watch the five films online in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited, and to spread the word using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom.

Self-expression, homophobia in rural communities, coming out as a teenager, and finding love later in life - this year's short films look at an intersection of LGBTIQ+ perspectives to explore love and acceptance.

Join us on Twitter using #FiveFilmsForFreedom and help spread the word!

More about the 2021 programme

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.

Victoria (Spain)

Directed by Daniel Toledo

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

Pure (USA)

Directed by Natalie Jasmine Harris

On the eve of her cotillian ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.

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? 

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.

Meet the filmmakers

Watch our series of interviews with the directors and producers of this year's Five Films For Freedom programme - watch now on our YouTube channel.

More about Five Films

We invite audiences all over the world to come together to watch the films in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited. Share the films and join the conversation using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom in recognition of the fact that love is a human right.

Since the project began, 15 million people have viewed the films in over 200 countries and principalities, including parts of the world where homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.

Resources for schools

To share the films with your class and plan lessons around the programme, download our Schools Pack below.