Five Films For Freedom

Five Films for Freedom 2024 poster

Five Films For Freedom

Dive into the world of LGBTQIA+ cinema from the comfort of home - wherever that is! In partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, we celebrate global LGBTQIA+ stories every year, in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual people across the world.

A decade of diversity

We launched Five Films For Freedom ten years ago, and this phenomenal global programme has enabled us to stand in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities from around the world, particularly in places where freedom and equal rights are limited.

Our annual online celebration of LGBTQIA+ stories from around the world has been online for just over 100 days during these ten years. In that time over 23 million people, watching in more than 200 countries and principalities, have supported the fact that Love is a Human Right.

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You joined the global solidarity movement and watched the films online for free from in March 2024.

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Our 2024 programme is now finished - if you're missing it you can still see our trailer here

Thanks to our filmmakers - our 2024 programme looked like this:

Little One

Directed by Clister Santos (Philippines – 9 mins)

A pregnant mother, unsure of how to raise a child, arranges an interview with her two gay dads but fate intervenes when his dad suffers a heart attack. Memories captured on an old camcorder help her reflect on their family's history.


Directed by Isabel SteubleJohnson (UK – 9 mins)

When a woman on the verge of a breakup gets help from a mysterious stranger to improve her handwriting, she finds the inner voice she longed for all along.


Directed by Kumar Chheda (India – 14 mins)

A turbulent couple ends up at different entrances of Juhu Beach, forcing them to walk towards each other and meet halfway.

The First Kiss

Directed by Miguel Lafuente (Spain – 9 mins)

Today is a special day for Andi, heading to Madrid to have his first date with a boy he's met online, but things don’t turn out quite as he expected.

Compton's 22

Directed by Drew de Pinto (USA – 18 mins)

Three years prior to Stonewall, transgender sex workers and drag queens revolted against police violence at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Compton’s 22 imagines what happened.

Meet the Filmmakers

We were delighted to be joined by our selected 2024 filmmakers. We asked them about their inspiration, their filmmaking process, and what it meant to be part of Five Films For Freedom.

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Five Films 2024 is now finished

Take a look back at some of the films in our previous Five Films For Freedom selections, screening everywhere since 2015.

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