flareBFI is offering five emerging LGBT filmmakers from the UK the opportunity to progress in the industry.

BFI Flare LGBT Filmmakers’ Mentorship Programme, delivered by BAFTA with BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, with funding from Creative Skillset, will offer five emerging LGBT filmmakers from the UK the opportunity to develop industry knowledge, professional connections, their passion for cinema and an overview of LGBT features entering the marketplace.

Successful filmmakers will receive:

  • a minimum of four one-to-one meetings with your mentor
  • a senior figure in the UK film industry
  • a roundtable with all mentors and mentees on Thursday 17 March 2016 (TBC) exploring the current global market environment for LGBT films
  • access to a bespoke programme of industry talks and events during BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (16-27 March 2016).
  • a delegate pass and access to the viewing library for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.
  • access to monthly BFI Flare-branded screenings at BFI Southbank.
  • two tickets to BFI Flare Opening Night film and party on Wednesday 16 March 2016.
  • The Festival will also promote your work by publishing a news story with filmmaker profiles for the BFI Flare website and social networks and offering you the option to have your short film available on the password-protected BFI Flare industry viewing portal.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You will have written, produced or directed a short film which has screened in the official selection at one of BAFTA’s qualifying film festivals (PDF), or in BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (previously known as BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival).
  • You will be developing a feature film project.
  • You will be a UK resident.

Find out more: http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare/bfi-flare-lgbt-filmmakers-mentorship-programme-2016