BFI Flare has released its wrap report for the 2021 edition, highlighting “record UK wide reach and audience attendance”. The UK’s premier LGBTIQ+ film festival achieved 37,516 attendances for the film programme of features and shorts on BFI Player, plus 8,808 views for BFI Flare events. The top event was the BFI Flare Screen Talk with Russell Tovey, which drew an audience of 4,400 across BFI YouTube and BFI Flare Facebook.
The continued partnership between Flare and the British Council with #FiveFilmsForFreedom, a package of five shorts online, saw global audiences of 1.7million this year, the seventh edition.
Two notable statistics in the report highlight the national reach achieved by the event, which is traditionally located at London’s BFI Southbank. Over 40% of virtual attendance for films came from outside of London with Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, and Sheffield seeing the biggest regional audiences for features. And over 66% of ticket buyers were new to BFI Flare.
Flare highlighted a number of titles that scored with audiences, including Peeter Rebane’s Cold War drama Firebird, Phil Connell’s family drama Jump, Darling, and Harri Shanahan, and Sian A Williams’ documentary Rebel Dykes.
(Source: BFI FAN Indie Box Office)