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fiveFilms4freedom heads out on a US tour

19th October - 28th October 2016

fiveFilms4freedom 2016 - the world’s first global, digital LGBT film festival - is touring the USA live, and online audiences in the US can watch the 2016 films for free!

During October, which is LGBT History Month in the US, the British Council and partners across the US are organising screenings and panel discussions showcasing the #fiveFilms4Freedom digital campaign.

fiveFilms4Freedom is the world's first and largest digital LGBT film festival, running now for two years across the world. A partnership between BFI Flare (the British Film Institute's LGBTQ Film Festival) and the British Council, with the goal of promoting equality and diversity, the festival encourages people around the world to watch five short films from the festival on line during a ten day period - wherever they are.

Fivefilms will be back in March 2017,  but meanwhile this month, audiences in various cities throughout the US will have an exclusive chance to enjoy the 2016 films during a special evening presentation exploring LGBT issues. At the same time people all over the US, can watch the five films from the festival for free online for another 10 days.

The five films screening live from 19-27 October are:

Breathe, dir James Doherty (UK/Ireland)
Swirl, dir Peterson Varga (Philippines)
The Orchid, dir Ferran Navarro-Beltrán (Spain)
Take Your Parters, dir Siri Rodnes (UK)
Xavier, dir Ricky Mastro (Brazil)

Live events will take place in:

New York
Los Angeles
Washington DC

In each case filmmaker Siri Rodnes will attend each event to present her film and join the discussion.

Panellists joining Siri include Charles Radcliffe, head of the UN Human Rights Free & Equal campaign, Ross Murray head of GLAAD’s international programmes, film director Brian Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), and British comedian, writer and actor Stephen Fry.

Full details, trailers and exclusive interviews with the directors here.