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When Hanna’s brother introduces her to his new girlfriend, Wilma, it transpires to be an awkward time since they are definitely not strangers to each other. Director, Julia Boström, speaks to us about her short film, Children Alike, and the importance of standing up for your vision as a director.
A couple end up having a heated discussion and can’t understand each other’s point of view in short comedy, The Half Wall. We talk to director, Ida Hansen Eldøen about how the effectiveness of simplicity and furthering herself as a director.
As the title of The Date suggests, this short film shows the first date of two women who are both hoping to feel the chemistry they’ve shared whilst chatting online. Director, Emmalie El Fadli, speaks to us about making happy films and the positive parts of meeting people online.
A college freshman uses magic to escape her broken heart and obsessive-compulsive disorder in queer comedy short, Misdirection. Director, Carly Usdin, talks to us here about creating quite a personal story and balancing the comedy and positive representation.
Four of director Tina Takemoto’s shorts are featuring in BFI Flare Film Festival. They focus on various aspects of queer Asian American identity. Here, she talks to us about the processes of creating her experimental pieces and the importance of supporting all women in film, particularly queer women of colour.
Through beautiful hand drawn animation, Linnéa Haviland expresses how love and community can soothe hate and offer support in her experimental short film, Turning. She speaks to us about the joys of working with others and looking after yourself whilst working.
A Russian Inuit couple are attempting to escape their difficult situation on the Bering Strait after receiving a border closure message in the outbreak of the Cold War. Gwenn Joyaux, director of Tomorrow Island, speaks to us about different kinds of borders dividing us all and creating female and LGBTQ+ stories for the screen.
The short documentary, Wicked Women, focuses on a radical BDSM magazine of the same name which turned the 1980s Australian gay scene upside down. The director, Anna Brownfield, talks to us about the amazing history of the magazine and the significance it still holds today.
Life isn’t going to plan for Emily, a bisexual woman who ends up finding the joys of polyamory in romantic comedy, Two In The Bush: A Love Story. Debut director, Laura Madalinski, talks to us about drawing from her own experiences to represent polyamory, something which is so rarely seen in stories, both fictional and true.
In First Day, 11-year-old trans actor, Evie Macdonald, plays a character who changes schools and stands up for herself in the face of bullying. Director, Julie Kalceff, talks to us about the importance of showing how being transgender is just one aspect of someone’s identity and that trans children still deal with the same issues that all children do.
A friendship is jeopardised after a drunken hook-up in Rosie Westhoff’s short film Treacle. Here she talks to us about putting the relationship/friendship within the film together and giving the B in LGBT a louder voice.
The loss of a friend in school still cuts deep in Ellie Rogers’ beautiful short film They Found Her In A Field. Here the director talks to us about shooting on 35mm film and dealing with a sudden snow storm during production.
It’s not all love’s young dream during a getaway at a British seaside resort, Ali Kurr’s short film Sparrow set in Skegness is showing at this years BFI Flare festival, here she speaks to us about getting into directing and how she made the short film along side a music video by bending the rules.
When a Hasidic man misplaces his hat one night, his two worlds look set to collide. We speak with Sarah Smith the director behind Black Hat and how she fought to bring authenticity to the Hasidic world despite their budget with the short film which is screening this weekend at the BFI Flare LGBTQ Film Festival.
Claire Zhou brings a recently divorced man’s story to light in her short film HIGH TIDE. Here she talks us through her inspiration for the short along with her thoughts on representation for gay men in Morocco.
Combining archived footage and the sudden challenges of HIV and AIDS, Lis Bartlett’s EMMY NOMINATED documentary LIGHT IN THE WATER is one to add to your list at this years BFI Flare LGBTQ film festival. Featuring the West Hollywood Swim team (later renamed West Hollywood Aquatics after they added water polo), here Lis talks to us about how past experiences shaped her way into becoming a director.
Kicking off our feature on the female directors showcasing their work at this years BFI Flare London LGBTQ Festival is the short film Transmission directed by Anahid Yahjian and Emily Mkritichian. K and L are cultural conservationists working in a not-so-distant future to preserve the artifacts and histories that are being systematically destroyed by a totalitarian government. We spoke to Yahjian along with her team behind the film including Emily Mkritichian, Kamee Abrahamian and Lee Williams Boudakian.
With December finally here, the cinema isn’t always the easiest place to get to. With Christmas shopping, visiting families, office parties and simply not wanting to leave the house without your pajamas, it’s the perfect time of year to dig out some classic Christmas films.
In the lead up to the Sunderland Short Film Festival where our film Foxhole will be screened, we're highlighting the other female film directors whose work will be at the event. In this article we speak to five of the directors who will be showing their comedy films.