The 2022 BFI Flare Festival is set to take place from the 16th to the 27th March.

It has been confirmed that the 36th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival will present Alli Haapasalo’s coming-of-age drama Girl Picture as its Opening Night Gala on the 16th March, while its Closing night Gala will be documentary filmmaker Kevin Hegge’s Tramps! on the 26th March.

Having won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the UK premiere of Girl Picture will open the festival on the 16th of March. Girl Picture is about three girls on the edge of adulthood trying to make their way through life. Taking place over three consecutive Fridays, two of them experience the earth moving effects of falling in love, while the third goes on a quest to find something she’s never experienced: pleasure. 

Meanwhile, the festival will conclude with the world premiere of Kevin Hegge’s feature documentary, which explores how in London in the 1980’s, an onslaught of art students arriving in the city resulted in a unique cross-fertilization of British art, fashion, music and film culminating in a group known as “The New Romantics”. 

Michael Blyth, BFI Flare’s Senior Programmer said: “It’s hard to believe it has been three years since Flare last took over BFI Southbank, filling its screens with its unique queer magic. This year we return with a full live programme and a selection of online highlights for audiences around the UK, and we’re thrilled to be announcing the dazzling duo that will open and close this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Fest. Both are set to delight our audiences and steal their hearts!”

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