#FiveFilms4Freedom: a global LGBT short-film celebration
#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. This year for one year only, all five films were UK productions. This was our way of marking the 50th anniversary in 2017 of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – a landmark moment for human rights. We'll also be publishing the #FiveFilms4Freedom Global List in July 2017 to mark the day of the 50th anniversary.
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.
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About the films
The #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 range from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression.
Meet the filmmakers
We're delighted to introduce the directors whose films are #FiveFilms4freedom 2017.