Make a short LGBTIQ+ Film for Freedom with a £20k commission from British Council

British Council has partnered with BFI Network/BFI Flare for a second year to offer three commissions of up to £20,000 to make an LGBTIQ+ themed short film in an international collaboration between filmmakers from the UK, African continent and Middle East. The grant will cover all stages of production, delivery of materials and team travel. The three films will be eligible to screen at BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival in March 2021.

The project builds on Five Films for Freedom, British Council's digital campaign celebrating LGBTIQ+ stories from around the world. More than 14 million people in 202 countries have watched Five Films for Freedom since it began in 2015.

Applicants will need to demonstrate their collaborative international approach and include an experienced, UK-based producer capable of delivering projects with an international component. Criteria includes:

  • Ideas for short films 5-10 minutes long.
  • Projects exploring LGBTIQ+ themes including global human rights, intersectionality and diaspora identity.
  • Collaborations between filmmakers from the UK, the African continent and the Middle East.
  • Films in any genre including fiction, documentary or animation, and in any language.


  • Applications close at 11.59pm, Sunday 16 August 2020
  • Shortlisted projects will take part in a virtual interview with BFI and British Council staff in early September 2020
  • Delivery of final films: 15 February 2021

Find out more and apply

Listen to Director of Film, Briony Hanson explain what More Films for Freedom is all about below.

Image: The Men Who Speak Gayle (2020), directed by Andrew Brukman. Part of More Films for Freedom 2020.


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