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Moderately queer programming at an established LGBTQ film festival : a case study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

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Many LGBTQ film festivals have transformed from bottom-up, community-driven events into established, profitable organizations. For some, this change implied downplaying their activist agenda in favor of a celebratory and homonormative approach. The article demonstrates how BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, a long-running, European LGBTQ film festival, has dealt with the turn to homonormativity. Reporting on a qualitative study that focused on the role of programmers and the actual program during BFI Flare’s thirtieth edition, this article argues that BFI Flare employs programming strategies that are moderately queer. They are used to create a festival that is both politically engaged and commercially viable, by curating a program they consider to be as inclusive as possible, attractive to large and heterogeneous audiences and striking a balance between celebrating LGBTQ (film) culture and engendering social and political change.

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Dhaenens, Frederik. “Moderately Queer Programming at an Established LGBTQ Film Festival : A Case Study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.” JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 2021.
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Dhaenens, F. (2021). Moderately queer programming at an established LGBTQ film festival : a case study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY.
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Dhaenens, Frederik. 2021. “Moderately Queer Programming at an Established LGBTQ Film Festival : A Case Study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.” JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY.
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Dhaenens, Frederik. 2021. “Moderately Queer Programming at an Established LGBTQ Film Festival : A Case Study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.” JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY.
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Dhaenens F. Moderately queer programming at an established LGBTQ film festival : a case study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY. 2021;
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F. Dhaenens, “Moderately queer programming at an established LGBTQ film festival : a case study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival,” JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY, 2021.
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  abstract     = {Many LGBTQ film festivals have transformed from bottom-up, community-driven events into established, profitable organizations. For some, this change implied downplaying their activist agenda in favor of a celebratory and homonormative approach. The article demonstrates how BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, a long-running, European LGBTQ film festival, has dealt with the turn to homonormativity. Reporting on a qualitative study that focused on the role of programmers and the actual program during BFI Flare’s thirtieth edition, this article argues that BFI Flare employs programming strategies that are moderately queer. They are used to create a festival that is both politically engaged and commercially viable, by curating a program they consider to be as inclusive as possible, attractive to large and heterogeneous audiences and striking a balance between celebrating LGBTQ (film) culture and engendering social and political change.},
  author       = {Dhaenens, Frederik},
  issn         = {0091-8369},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF HOMOSEXUALITY},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Moderately queer programming at an established LGBTQ film festival : a case study of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival},
  year         = {2021},
}