BAFTA/Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi
About the programme
BFI Flare x BAFTA in partnership with BFI NETWORK, showcases and supports the next generation of LGBTQIA+ filmmakers working across film and television, with year-round mentoring, career coaching and development opportunities.
Since its pilot in 2015 by Creative Skillset and BFI Flare, the programme has supported 42 LGBTqiA+ filmmakers working towards their debut feature length project or major broadcast / online commission. Selected participants are matched with a senior industry mentor, based on their individual needs and ambitions, alongside additional support from BAFTA including career and wellbeing coaching and festival access. This programme aims to strengthen professional networks, create new pathways to the industry and offer a space for discussion around the opportunities and challenges for LGBTQIA+ filmmakers, both in the UK and the global marketplace.
The programme begins at BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival (16-27 March 2022), where selected filmmakers will participate in a series of exclusive sessions with senior industry professionals and Festival filmmakers. Selected filmmakers are then paired with a mentor and meetings will be facilitated throughout 2022.
Selected filmmakers receive:
At BFI Flare
- Industry Accreditation for BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival (16-27 March 2022), with access to online Press & Industry Screenings, virtual networking opportunities and the Festival’s Digital Viewing Library
- A bespoke programme of online roundtables with Festival filmmakers and senior industry figures
Throughout the year
- Four one-to-one meetings with their selected mentor
- Four one-to-one meetings on wellbeing and career development
- Industry Accreditation for the BFI London Film Festival (October 2022)
- Free access to BAFTA's year-round Learning, Inclusion and Talent programme
To be eligible for this opportunity you must:
- Have written, produced or directed a short film which has screened at a BAFTA-qualifying festival within the last 2 years
- Or, for writers only: have one piece of full-length theatre work performed professionally in the UK or one radio credit
- Be working towards a debut feature length project or television pilot/online commission
- Be a UK resident
Please note: If your film has not screened at a BAFTA-qualifying festival, but has screened at a number of international LGBTIQA+ film festivals or has received specific recognition from LGBTQIA+ communities, we encourage you to apply.
Applications are now open. Apply here