The 24th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is to take place in London next month at the British Film Institute.

The event will be held between 17th and 31st March 2010 at the BFI Southbank.

It will launch with the world premiere of new British film The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister at the opening night gala screening at the Odeon West End.

Other films to be shown include I Killed My Mother, written, produced, directed by and starring 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, and Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Leanne Pooley’s award-winning documentary about Jools and Lynda Topp, the folk-singing lesbian twins and national celebrities in New Zealand.

The closing night gala screening on March 31st will be Children of God by Kareem J Mortimer. The film is a love story between an artist and a local boy and unfolds against a backdrop of violent homophobia and social unease in the Bahamas.

Seventy-five films and documentaries will be shown at this year’s festival, which is now the third biggest film festival in the UK.

These will include Brotherhood, Nicolo Donatto’s gripping tale of gays in the neo-Nazi movement; Susan Muska and Gréta Olafsdóttir’s documentary about the life-long love affair of two new York lesbians, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement and Roberto Castón’s portrayal of gay rural life in the Basque country, Ander.

There will also be hundreds of short films, club nights, events and networking opportunities and collaborations with Tate Modern and the V&A.

Invocations and Evocations: Queer and Surreal will be held at the Tate Modern, while the V7A will host the All That Is Solid Melts into Air event, which will screen Paul Cox’s The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky with Derek Jacobi and Greta Schiller’s Paris was a Woman.

For more information, see the BFI’s website