The five short films selected for #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 include both drama and documentaries and tell stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences.

They range from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression. 

This year, for one year only, all five films are from the UK. This is our way of marking the 50th anniversary in 2017 of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – a landmark moment for human rights.

The films were available to watch online from 16-26 March 2017.

The #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 are:

Film still from Crush
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
Heavy Weight film still
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
Jamie film still
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
Still Burning film still
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
Where We Are Now film still
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