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LGBT culture in India

Contribute to film BREAKING FREE

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India: http://www.wishberry.in/Breaking-Free-13618 International: http://indiegogo.com/breakingfreeindia "This film has to be made, and it has to be made NOW", urges Sridhar Rangayan, activist and filmmaker, who tells this story of Indian LGBT community breaking free.   BREAKING FREE is a feature-length documentary by award winning filmmaker and rights activist Sridhar Rangayan, that strings together anguished voices of those who were to...

KASHISH 2012 Award Winners and Closing Night

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Mi Ultimo Round wins Best Feature Film Award at KASHISH 2012 Anupam Kher gives away prizes, promises to sponsor Rs 50k for prize money next year   Chilean film My Last Round (Mi Ultimo Round) directed by Julio Jorquera Arriagada won the Best Feature Film Award at the 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival which concluded with star studded ceremony on Sunday May 27, 2012.     ``Cinema has no boundaries,’’ sai...

Contribute To KASHISH 2012

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For Personal Contributions:  http://www.wishberry.in/EVERYONE-can-contribute-to-KASHISH-Personal-13359 For Corporate Contributions:  http://www.wishberry.in/EVERYONE-can-contribute-to-KASHISH-Corporate-13358 For Dollar contributions : http://www.solarispictures.com/supporters2012.htm KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is looking for financial contributions.  For two years, we have entertained while trying to mainstream queer identities through the medium...

KASHISH 2012 needs EVERYONE to contribute

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Even as the Supreme Court is preparing its verdict on Sec377, KASHISH, your favourite LGBTQ festival that mainstreams queer issues through cinema, will be back for its third year very soon. With no government support and corporate sponsorship in India still difficult to come by, we rely heavily on support from individuals and organizations to make the festival happen. You can support the LGBTQ cause in India in your own big or small way! And we have some exclusive incentives to show our g...

2nd Call for Film Submissions for KASHISH 2012

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KASHISH 2012 previews starting soon. If you haven’t still submitted your film, rush it to us asap.   India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival returns for its third edition in 2012. KASHISH 2012 will be held from May 23-27, 2012 at a mainstream multiplex theater in suburban Mumbai and at Alliance Francaise de Bombay in South Mumbai. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream...

KASHISH 2012: Call for film submissions

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  We are back with a bang! India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival returns for its third edition in 2012. Submissions are now open for all categories, including for the competition section. Filmmakers from India and across the world can submit features, documentaries and short films that highlight/focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer themes and expressions. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival i...

KASHISH SHORTS 2011 - Indian Queer Films for your festival

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The second edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival was a brilliant success. It was held from may 25-29, 2011 at two venues simultaneously - the multiplex Cinemax Versova and Alliance Francaise.  The festival screened 124 films from 23 countries in 51 program slots. It had 67.5% turnout with about 6225 audience occupancy. There were 15 houseful shows. KASHISH 2011 was Bigger, Bolder & Queerer. A bevy of Bollywood celebrities – Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bos...

KASHISH 2011 invites Partners

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    May 25 - 29, 2011   Join us as a PRIDE PARTNER and be part of a historic journey!       What is KASHISH? KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is a Pride event that is held annually in Mumbai, India. It showcases films with gay, lesbian, transgender th...

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival 2011, thesecond edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of whichwill be a multiplex theater.

This year, the festival willshowcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.

The highlights this year:- More feature length films than last year with some verysensitive lesbian themed features.- Films from across the globe: from US to UK, Australiato Austria, India to Indonesiaand even Argentina and Peru.- This year, the ‘Country Focus’ will be on Israel withmore than 8 films from there.- ‘Spotlight on Filmmaker’ will shine on US filmmaker Q. AllanBrocka and UK filmmaker Rikki Blair Beadle with their funny, sexy and thoughtprovoking films.- Special package of films on Anti-Bullying and gay bashingin schools followed by a panel discussion.- A special evening with ‘Parents of Queers’ with a filmscreening and panel discussion.- Special package of sensitive, dramatic and touchingfeatures and shorts on HIV/AIDS is introduced under ‘Red Ribbon’ packagefollowed by a performance.- Continuing KASHISH’s mission of showcasing and promoting shortfilms and short filmmakers, this year too would see some exciting short filmpackages:-   Along with the ever popular ‘BoysShorts’ and ‘Girls Shorts’ short film packages this year will have two newadditions: a fabulous ‘Trans Shorts’ collection and a hilarious collection ofshort films under ‘Bi Shorts’-   A package of films that is acinematic tribute to LGBT people who made a difference way back whenhomosexuality was labeled a disease, a crime and a perversion. This includes afilm about a brilliant gay mathematician who helped crack the Nazi Engima Codeand turned the tide of Word War II for the Allies-   ‘Indian Masala Mix’ : a greatcollection of Indian shorts films- A competition section for Best Narrative Feature too,which would include both Indian and International films made in 2010 / 2011.This is in addition to the other competitive categories awarded last year: BestDocu Feature, Best Docu Short, Best International Narrative Short and BestIndian Narrative Short. - The Best Indian queer short film at Kashish gets to compete for the IrisPrize in UKand a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.   

- Also watch out for an eminent jurycomprising of award winning filmmakers, actors and media professionals.

- A range of fun filled cultural activities and events likemusic and dance performances, open mic and quizzes. KASHISH 2011 promises to be an eventto remember for both LGBT and mainstream audiences. It will be a time to watchloads and loads of LGBT films, engage in discussions, interact with celebritiesand filmmakers, participate in cultural activities and just simply have aFABULOUS time! For further updates and informationon the festival, please check:Website: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com/  | Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF | Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2011

 

KASHISH 2011 - Dates and Highlights announced

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                  KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011, the second edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of which will be a multiplex theater. This year, the festival will showcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.The highlights this...

Kashish – Mumbai Queer Film Festival 2010 - Call for Entries

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CALL FOR ENTRIESIt is time for Mumbai to celebrate with its own queer film festival : Kashish – Mumbai Queer Film Festival to be held April 22nd – 25th, 2010.The festival, organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost, intends to showcase and support films with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer themes, relevant to Indian and Indian Diaspora. It aims to provide filmmakers, artists, activists, media persons and audiences with a space to communicate, share diverse experiences an...

The Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina) poster - a film on Indian transvestites

A unique film coming from India where homosexuality is still taboo, The Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina), is a colorful funny look into the Indian homosexual closet. It pits two Indian drag queens against a westernized gay teenager in a battle to woo a handsome hunk. It's a clash of the east and west. Who will win? The drag queens who are expert in the art of seduction with their wit, innuendo and cunning or the young tee
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