More Films for Freedom webinar

Legs wearing high heels walking down a tarmac

Join us for a case study of The Men Who Speak Gayle in this event from BFI Network and British Council. You will also find out how to apply to More Films for Freedom round two - and there's a chance to meet potential international collaborators.

Tuesday 28 July, 11am, Zoom - FREE to join.

More Films for Freedom commissions three short films with an LGBTIQ+ theme from collaborative teams working in the Middle East, African continent, and the UK. The programme is jointly run by British Council, BFI Network and BFI Flare.

Applications have now opened for the second round of More Films for Freedom. Join us for a webinar to meet the team behind one of the first commissions, and to hear how you can get involved in this year’s programme.

What is More Films for Freedom?

More Films for Freedom builds on Five Films for Freedom, an online celebration of LGBTIQ+ films from around the world. More than 14 million people in 202 countries have watched one of the Five Films for Freedom since it began in 2015.

When reviewing submissions for Five Films for Freedom we noticed a gap in stories coming from the African continent and the Middle East. Last year we launched More Films for Freedom, specifically looking to commission three new collaborations between filmmakers from those regions and the UK. This summer, the three films are being released online for global audiences.

The Webinar

You’ll meet the team behind The Men Who Speak Gayle – a touching, upbeat, and funny story about a secret gay language – a collaboration between UK-based producers Georgie Paget and Thembisa Cochrane (Caspian Films), South African-based director Andrew Brukman and performer Nathan Kennedy.

You’ll also hear more about how to apply for More Films for Freedom round two. The session will be led by Jessica Loveland (Head of BFI Network) and Briony Hanson (Director of Film, British Council).

Deadline for applications for More Films for Freedom round two: 16 August.

Sign up for the webinar

Tuesday 28 July - 11am - on Zoom

Register to join the webinar via Zoom.

We’ll send you a link to join on the day. You can watch The Men Who Speak Gayle in advance now:

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