BFI NETWORK has partnered with the British Council and BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ + Film Festival to announce the return of More Films for Freedom. The program will support the production of urgent, creative collaborations between filmmakers from the African continent, the Middle East and Great Britain. Films are sought that deal with LGBTIQ + intersectionality, global human rights and the identity of the diaspora. The three completed films can be shown at the BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ + Film Festival next year.
Building on the successful Five Films for Freedom digital campaign, which generated views of over 14 million people in over 200 countries and principalities, More Films for Freedom was developed to fill a gap in projects and stories from countries in the African continent and of the middle continent come from the east. The program encourages submissions from UK LGBTIQ + filmmakers who work with filmmakers / storytellers from countries in these regions.
In the 2019 pilot project, films came from partnerships between British, Syrian, Palestinian and South African filmmakers. All three films were selected for the premiere at the BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ + Film Festival. The festival had to switch to an abbreviated virtual version due to COVID-19, but now the films will be digitally released this summer.
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All three films can be viewed on the BFI players.
More Films for Freedom aims to promote the career development, international networks and profiles of the filmmakers he supports. Each team must include a UK-based producer and may include additional UK participants as its author and director, provided there is also a real international connection within the team. The project promotes international cooperation between British filmmakers and colleagues in or from the Middle East and the African continent and supports the international strategic goals of the BFI and the British Council to give independent British producers the opportunity to enter into international partnerships.
"We are very excited to reopen More Films for Freedom with the British Council and BFI Flare," said Jessica Loveland, director of BFI NETWORK. “It offers a fantastic development opportunity for the selected LGBTIQ + film teams and has the potential to lay solid foundations for long-term and fruitful international, creative relationships. The consistently high standard of work that has so far been achieved through this program has attracted a growing and committed global audience, which is extremely important. And I have no doubt that the standard will be just as high this year. "
"The beauty of More Films for Freedom is that we can connect British filmmakers with those in underrepresented regions of the Middle East and Africa to tell their LGBTIQ + stories," added Briony Hanson, director of the British Council. "We are delighted to be able to bring it back to continue this important conversation while building lasting intercultural creative partnerships."
Applications for the unique short film program are possible, in which three new short films by intercultural teams dealing with LGBTIQ + stories each receive up to £ 20,000. The deadline is August 16, 2020. Details on the call for proposals can be found here Here.
Source: BFI network