More Films For Freedom Webinar

Tune in for a special focus on The Men Who Speak Gayle

21 July 2020

Tuesday 28 July – 11am

More Films for Freedom is a unique programme, jointly run by British Council, BFI Network and BFI Flare, which commissions three short films with an LGBTIQ+ theme from collaborative teams from the Middle East, African continent, and the UK.

As applications open for the second round of More Films, join us for a special webinar to meet the team behind one of the first commissions, and to hear about how you can get involved in this year’s programme.

More Films builds on #FiveFilmsForFreedom, an online celebration of LGBTIQ+ films from around the world. More than 14 million people in 202 countries have watched one of the Five Films for Freedom since it began in 2015.

When we were selecting for FiveFilms we noticed a gap in stories coming from the African continent and the Middle East. Last year we launched a pilot More Films For Freedom programme, specifically looking to commission three new collaborations between filmmakers from those regions and the UK. This summer (to make up for many cancelled Pride celebrations the world over) the three films are being released online giving a global audience the chance to enjoy them.

In this special event you’ll meet the team behind The Men Who Speak Gayle – a touching, upbeat, and funny story about a secret gay language – made as a  collaboration between UK-based producers Georgie Paget and Thembisa Cochrane (Caspian Films), and South African-based director Andrew Brukman and performer Nathan Kennedy.

Then you’ll hear more about how to apply for More Films Round 2 led by Jessica Loveland (Head of BFI Network) and Briony Hanson (Director of Film, British Council) before the application deadline on 16 August.

More Films For Freedom – Case Study & Webinar
Tuesday 28 July – 11am

on Zoom

To sign up to join us please register here.
Then we’ll send you a link to join on the day – and a reminder that you can watch The Men Who Speak Gayle in advance right now

More Films For Freedom – International Collaborators Meet-Up

Tuesday 4th August – 11am GMT

If you're a filmmaker from the UK, Middle East or African continent and are interested in applying to More Films For Freedom but do not have a team put together, join us for an informal virtual meet up on Zoom.

We’ll answer any questions about the programme and the application process, and facilitate a series of breakout rooms where you might chat with potential international collaborators. To register for the More Films For Freedom International Collaborators Meet-up head here.

We’ll ask you a few questions about your filmmaking/story-telling background, project, what you're looking for and where you are based – just so we can plan our meet and greet session in a way that is most useful for you.