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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. 


KASHISH SHORTS 2011 - Indian Queer Films for your festival

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 Bose, Pooja Bhatt, Sanjay Suri, Samir Soni, Neelam Soni, Aleque Padamsee, Suhasini Mulay, Dolly Thakore, Rajit Kapur, Mona Ambegaokar, Karan Mehra; eminent jury members from India to Indonesia – Sai Paranjpye, Khalid Mohamed, Shernaz Patel, Samir Soni, John Badalu; visiting international filmmakers -  Rikki Beadle-Blair (UK) and Q. Allan Brocka (USA), host of young Indian filmmakers and a very supportive media upped the festival buzz to greater heights, making KASHISH India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival and a hot & happening cultural space.
Last year, 8 films from KASHISH 2010 was offered to film festivals from around the world.

Films from KASHISH SHORTS 2010 were selected to program at 12 festivals – Iris Prize (UK), Q Film Festival (Indonesia), Hong Kong LGFF (Hong Kong), Reel Out (Canada), Translations (Seattle, USA), Transcreen (Amsterdam), Kalakranti (Chicago, USA), Anarchopride (Sweden), Entzaubert DIY Fest (Germany), Beijing Queer Film Festival (China), Chicago South Asian Film Festival (USA) and Qfest (Pune, India).

We now offer 8 films from KASHISH 2011. The KASHISH SHORTS 2011 package consists of five fiction shorts (Amen, The Flower Bud, I Am A Woman Too, In The Closet, Let There Be Light) and three docu shorts (Creatures?, Diaries Of Transformation, More Than A Friend).
Please find KASHISH SHORTS 2011 Catalog at for programme consideration at your festival. We do charge a nominal screening fee to help the young filmmakers. Kindly let us know if you would like a set of films from this catalog and we would be very happy to take the collaboration forward. 
Every Partner Festival also receives a space on our festival website and become an intrinsic part of our promotions.

Hope to hear from you,
Warm regards

Sridhar Rangayan

Festival Director

KASHISH- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011

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