In partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, the British Council makes five LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) themed short films available for the world to watch online for free, over 11 days each year.
Running since 2015, the programme has been seen by 17 million people. The films have been watched in over 200 countries and principalities, including many parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised.
We invite audiences everywhere to watch the five films online in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited, and to share the films and join the conversation in recognition of the fact that love is a human right.
Join us using #FiveFilmsforFreedom on socials and help spread the word!

Five Films for Freedom 2023

Back for its ninth year, this year’s filmmakers are from Cyprus/ UK, Guyana, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and South Korea.


Five Films for Freedom 2022

Our 2022 programme 'Love is a Human Right' ran from 16 - 27 March screening films from India, China Croatia, Panama and the UK.
Working in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival

Five Films for Freedom 2021

Watch the directors of Five Films for Freedom 2021 discuss the inspiration behind their films:

Five Films for Freedom Archive

Watch a selection of films from previous years: