afshan has been selected as one of the writers to take part in the BFI Flare and BAFTA mentoring programme.

BFI Flare x BAFTA in partnership with BFI NETWORK, showcases and supports the next generation of LGBTQIA+ filmmakers working across film and television, with year-round mentoring, career coaching and development opportunities.

Now in its eight year, the BFI Flare x BAFTA Mentoring programme is a partnership between BAFTA, BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival and BFI NETWORK. The programme brings together a group of emerging LGBTQIA+ filmmakers to receive mentoring by a senior figure from the film industry, alongside a bespoke programme of events designed to strengthen professional networks and support their progression towards their debut projects in film and television.

Following this year’s call for applications, which saw a record number of applicants producing exciting, challenging and original work that is changing the face of LGBTQIA+ storytelling in the UKand beyond, we are delighted to announce the six new filmmakers taking part in this year’s programme.

They join a growing alumni of filmmakers supported by the programme over the last eight years, who are breaking new ground in LGBTQIA+ representation on screen.

Mentors will be announced later in the year.