Press Release: Winner of KASHISH 2019 Poster Design Contest

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Italian graphic designer chosen by Wendell Rodricks as winner of KASHISH 2019 Poster Design Contest

Winning design will become look of 10th Anniversary edition of South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival in Mumbai from June 12-16, 2019.

Wendell Rodricks - Pic by Siddanth SheoreyMilan-based graphic designer Domenico De Monte is the winner of the KASHISH International Poster Design Contest. The winner was picked from Indian and international design submissions by one of India’s top fashion designers Wendell Rodricks. The winning design will become the look of the 10th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival. The festival will be held between June 12-June 16, 2019 at two of city’s iconic theaters – Liberty Carnival Cinemas and Metro INOX. De Monte, the first international designer to win in the history of the poster contest, will receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000 instituted by Rodricks.

“In an age of over design, it is heartening to see a design that celebrates a 10 year milestone with a graphic that hits all the right notes for the somewhere ‘Over the Rainbow’ theme for KASHISH 2019. Using the rainbow to fill up the poster and also in the detail: the rainbow extends to the words as well. That detail is brilliant. I wish the winner and the organizers of the festival congratulations and wishes for well deserved success,” said Wendell Rodricks.

Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan said, “We are so happy with the reading down of the law Sec 377, for our festival’s 10th edition we would literally paint the city with rainbow colours! The design with overlapping rainbow strokes literally represents this joyous mood of the festival, and we are so happy that Wendell Rodricks picked this amazing design. We promise that we will make KASHISH 2019 a momentous celebration for the LGBTQ community and allies”.

This year the poster contest received over 50 submissions from around the world. The cinema posters of the 1970s was an inspiration while making the winning design, said De Monte, a graphic designer from Milan, Italy. “The theme ‘Over the Rainbow” together with the fact that it was the 10th edition of the festival gave me the idea to work on the rainbow shape to create a texture. The number 10 springs using the colors of LGBT culture without being banal. The sharp areas and flat colours reflect my intention to keep the artwork simple and sincere, as the message of the festival that aims to fight for a fairer society that gives everyone the right and the freedom to affirm their gender identity. I decided to frame the illustration with the typical style of cinema posters from the 70s,” said De Monte.

The winning design will be used on billboards (hoardings), banners, cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and catalog cover.

KASHISH 2019 Theme

KASHISH 2019 festival theme ‘Over The Rainbow’ not only commemorates the reading down of Sec 377 and decriminalization of same-sex relationships in India, but also defines the challenges in store for the LGBTQ community’s journey towards empowerment and social acceptance. Bringing together films from all over the world as well as panel discussions and performances, the festival will showcase the shared struggles and victories, and offer a window to existing and future possibilities. Let’s together journey over the rainbow to discover the land of equality & dignity.

About KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation and organized by Solaris Pictures. Besides the annual film festival its other initiatives are KASHISH Forward – India’s first travelling campus LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH Global – that facilitates screening of Indian LGBTQ films across the world, Best of KASHISH film screenings and KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – a festival of LGBTQ films in regional languages.

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