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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

South Asia's biggest queer film festival.

The biggest and only mainstream LGBTQ film festival in India.

The eight edition is to be held from May 24-28, 2017. 


KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater, and the first LGBTQ film festival in India to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 

Over the previous 7 editions, from 2010 to 2016, the festival has grown from strength to strength, attracting close to 9000 footfalls over the 4 1/2 days of the festival at two/three venues. The festival, every year, has screened from 110 films to 180 films that include shorts, documentaries, features - all centered around LGBTQ themes. 

KASHISH is now considered one of Mumbai's prominent cultural event and is the biggest LGBTQ film festival in South Asia. KASHISH was voted as one of the top 5 coolest LGBTQ film festivals in the world by a worldwide poll conducted by MovieMaker Magazine in 2013. 


2nd Call for Film Submissions for KASHISH 2012

KASHISH 2012 previews starting soon. If you haven’t
still submitted your film, rush it to us asap.


Biggest Queer Film Festival returns for its third edition in 2012.

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.

Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay &
lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only
queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting. The festival is organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in
association with The Humsafar Trust.

While the
landmark first edition was held at PVR Cinemas from April 22-25, 2010 and
screened 110 films from 25 countries, the second edition was held at Cinemax
Versova between May 25-29, 2011 and proved to bigger, bolder and queerer. Both
the years, the festival was held simultaneously in South Mumbai at Alliance
Francaise de Bombay.

The second
edition in 2011 screened 124 films from 23 countries over five days and had
67.5% capacity turnout with about 6225 audience footfalls. 7 films were awarded
with the KASHISH 2011 trophy. The guests featured A-list Bollywood actors and
actresses, eminent filmmakers and critics, young filmmakers and actors as well
as four international filmmakers - Q.Allan Brocka (USA), Rikki Beadle-Blair
(UK), Georgette Okey (UK) and John Badalu (Indonesia).

Film Submissions now
open for KASHISH 2012 - 3rd Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

all about films and 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.

There is no
SUBMISSION FEE to submit the film. Also the festival does not pay Screening Fee
since it believes in investing all its resources in showcasing the films to the
best possible extent.

Films other
than in English language SHOULD be subtitled in English.

festival has both competitive and non-competitive sections.

Only films
completed after January 1, 2009 can be submitted. Only films completed after
January 1, 2011 will be eligible for Competition.

FOR SUBMISSION: JANUARY 15, 2012 (postmarked). But the festival encourages you
to apply early since previews begin mid November.

This year
we have tried to move into a paperless submission process. Please fill out the

filling out the form, you will be advised where to send the DVD or Digital file
of your film.

We look
forward to receiving your film and participation with your film in KASHISH

information about the festival, please visit official website
or official blog