Just as reliable as the Spring thaw, BFI Flare once again presents an exquisite showcase of the world’s best LGBT films. As one of the longest running LGBT film events in the world, BFI Flare attracts storytellers from all walks of life. This year’s Short Film category was no exception, offering everything from quirky to melancholy in bite-sized portions that can be consumed while you’re awaiting your next Uber.
Grid is a delicate piece of filmmaking set in the mid 80s during the AIDS crisis, back when doctors were still trying to figure out what the horrible virus was all about. Yet the stigma plaguing gay men as much as the disease itself had already started to get them ostracized by society. Albeit fictional, the short film is inspired by true stories that Hastings researched thoroughly
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Iris Prize, the largest international prize available to an LGBT short filmmaker. Each winner is given a £30,000 budget to make another short film, and to date a total of seven new films have been produced and shown at film festivals around the world. This year saw a record number of films submitted for the Iris Prize, so let’s take a look at some of the best, as well as a previous winner and a film made with the prize itself.
An Emmy Award winning director, Rohrbaugh spent much of her career working in mainstream media and popular culture. After attending NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, she made an impact at MTV as a writer, director, and editor. However, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh always had a passion for narrative and documentary work.
The 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival featured over 100 short films across the eleven day festival. Eight short collections screenings were held as part of the festival program in addition to shorts being paired with full length features. The shorts were added to the themed category HEARTS, MINDS and BODIES.