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BAFTA Mentoring - BFI NETWORK @ Flare

Each year a selection of LGBTQ+ identified filmmakers are identified and supported as part of the BFI NETWORK @ Flare Mentorship in partnership with BAFTA. 

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After three very successful years, the 2018 mentorship programme will again offer five emerging LGBTQ+ identified filmmakers based in the UK the opportunity to develop industry knowledge, professional connections, their passion for cinema and an overview of LGBTQ+ features entering the marketplace. 

Selected filmmakers will receive:

  • A minimum of four one-to-one meetings with your mentor, a senior figure in the UK film industry
  • Roundtable with senior industry figures exploring the current global market environment for LGBTQ+ films
  • Access to a bespoke programme of industry talks and events during BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (21 March - 1 April 2018)
  • Delegate pass and access to the viewing library for BFI Flare and BFI London Film Festival, and ticket to BFI Flare Opening Night film and party on Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Access to monthly BFI Flare-branded screenings at BFI Southbank

The Festival will also promote your work by publishing a news story with filmaker profiles for the BFI Flare website and social networks, as well as 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 or been selected for one of BAFTA's qualifying film festivals
  • You will be developing a feature film project
  • You will be a UK resident


Although the mentorship will be based in London, this is a UK-wide programme. There is some bursary support available to offset travel costs for participants living outside of Greater London.

Programme Details

You will be assigned a mentor who is a senior figure in the film industry working in production, or sales and distribution. You will have at least four formal meetings with your mentor, and will be given support on how to get the most out of the experience. Rather than being a project development scheme, the programme strengthens professional networks and offers a space for discussion and better understanding of opportunities and challenges for LGBTQ+ filmmakers in the UK and in the global marketplace. 

To start the mentorship off at the festival there will be a collective gathering at a roundtable session at BFI Flare 2018 with senior figures in the film industry. This will be a Q&A exploring industry facts about LGBTQ+ content in UK film and in the global marketplace, and a discussion of the participants' projects. 

Selected filmmakers will then be paired with a mentor and meetings will be facilitated throughout 2018. Further meetings may also occur at the discretion of mentor/mentee. At the end of 2018 all mentees and mentors will have an exit interview, which will inform an article on the current global landscape for LGBTQ+ filmmaking. The article will be published on the BFI website.

Key Dates

19 February 2018

Application deadline

26-28 February 2018

Interview (date TBC)

2 March 2018

Notificaton of success

21 March - 1 April 2018



BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

Please note that attendance at the festival is a key part of this programme's content so please do speak to us about any time conflicts.

23 March 2018

BFI Flare roundtable (date TBC)

April - November 2018

Mentor meetings

October 2018

BFI London Film Festival

December 2018

Exit interviews

How to apply

Please fill out our online application form. You will need to register an account here. Once you are signed in please select the 'BAFTA Mentoring - BFI NETWORK @ Flare' application form. In the form you will be asked to:

  • Upload an online link to your qualifying short film (see above criteria)
  • Discuss what you see as the three major challenges for LGBTQ films and filmmakers (you may deliver this as written text or a to-camera address)
  • Tell us which filmmaker you admire and why (you may deliver this as written text or a to-camera address)

This programme is designed to help develop LGBTQ+ filmakers who may or may not be working on projects with LGBTQ+ content. If you have any questions about the mentorship programme please email [email protected]

Meet Last Year's Mentees

BFI Flare mentees 2017

2017 BFI Flare Mentees (L-R): Gillian Callan, Harry Lighton, Georgia Oakley, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Savannah James-Bayly, Jake Graf

To learn more about last year's filmmaker mentees go here. Last year's mentee-mentor partnerships were as follows:

Amrou Al-Kadhi was mentored by Russell T Davies, writer and creator (Queer as Folk, Cucumer, Banana, Tofu)

Gillian Callan was mentored by Sara Hardy and Blue Ryan, prolific documentary filmmakers and founders of Gold Star Productions

Jake Graf was mentored by Bharat Nalluri, director (Tsunami, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)

Savannah James-Bayly was mentored by Mike Goodridge, former CEO of Protagonist Pictures

Harry Lighton was mentored by Tom Harper, director (War and Peace, Peaky Blinders, Cubs)

Georgia Oakley was mentored by Desiree Akhavan, writer-director (Appropriate Behaviour)

To read more about last year's filmmakers experience throughout the festival please click here

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