BFI x Art Machine - RISE QTIPOC Representation and Visibility in Film

  • Andrew Odong

In collaboration with The Art Machine, BFI Flare presents RISE – an exploration of queer, trans, intersex people of colour (QTIPOC) representation in film. This free one-day symposium featured a series of panel discussions exploring filmmaking as a tool for storytelling and reclaiming narratives of marginalised communities.

(Featured image from We Love Moses, Directed by Dionne Edwards)
On Friday 23rd March, The Art Machine partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI) to deliver the first ever RISE, taking place as part of the BFI Flare Film Festival.
What ensued was a free one-day symposium, featuring a series of panel discussions exploring QTIPOC representation in film. The event sold-out, with over 130+ attendees joining us to observe this important discussion; affirming the power of film as a disruptive medium that can broaden the lens and draw attention to the nuanced experiences of QTIPOC people.
Key themes included storytelling, finding your cinematic voice, funding, building your networks and reclaiming narratives through the art of filmmaking.
We were honoured to be joined by an accomplished line-up of speakers including: Campbell X, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Cyril Nri, Jenn Nkiru, Nadira Amrani, Stephen Isaac-Wilson, Iman Qureshi, Rob Berkeley, Rachelle Constant, Faryal Velmi, Francesca Castelbuono, Blain Ho-Shing and Dior Clarke.
Click here to view a recording of the first panel discussion at RISE!