#FiveFilms4Freedom 2018 artwork

About #FiveFilms4Freedom

#FiveFilms4Freedom is a global, digital short-film celebration in support of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) rights – and hence human rights. We and our partners promote the programme through a digital campaign. 

In 2018, anyone with an Internet connection will again be able to watch five short films with LGBTQ+ themes as part of the celebration and campaign.

#FiveFilms4Freedom was a big success in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, audiences in 202 countries and principalities watched the films, which reached a tally of nearly 1.8 million views. British Council teams in 70 countries participated, and the campaign had a massive social media reach of 45 million. This is the fourth year the campaign is running. As in previous years, #FiveFilms4Freedom in 2018 is a project in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) and, specifically, BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

The BFI and the UK Foreign Office continue to be proud partners and celebrate the success of the joint initiative, as does the UK Foreign Office.  


19 March – Five Films announced

21 March – 1 April – opportunity to watch the five films

26 March – campaign day, encouraging everyone to watch at least one of the Five Films


This is a chance for our audiences around the world to enjoy a taster of LGBTQ+ cinema, find out a little bit more about emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers from around the world, show support for freedom and equality everywhere, and confirm that who we love is a basic human right.