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About #FiveFilms4Freedom

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

In 2017, anyone with an Internet connection will again be able to watch five short-films with LGBT themes as part of the celebration and campaign.

#FiveFilms4Freedom was a big success in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, audiences in 179 countries watched the films, which reached a tally of 1.57 million views. British Council teams in 70 countries participated, and the campaign had a massive social media reach of 140 million. This is the third year the campaign is running.

As in previous years, #FiveFilms4Freedom in 2017 is a project in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) and, specifically, the LGBT film festival BFI Flare.

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


10 February – deadline for nominations of LGBT cultural influencers (more below)

9 March – five winning films announced

16 – 26 March – opportunity to watch the five films

16 March – publication of Global List of LGBT cultural influencers

21 March – campaign day, encouraging everyone to watch the five films


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

Global List of LGBT cultural influencers

The #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 Global List is a list of outstanding individuals who promote LGBT rights through culture. 

Nominations closed on 10 February 2017, and the list will be public on an English-language page on on 16 March 2017. 


Thank you for being part of the #FiveFilms4Freedom 2017 campaign!