45 films in competition at KASHISH 2015
Forty-five films will compete for top awards at the 6th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival to be held between May 27 – May 31, 2015. South Asia’s biggest and India’s only mainstream LGBTQ film festival, which will screen 180 films from 44 countries, will be held at three venues in South Mumbai – Liberty Cinema, Alliance Francaise de Bombay and Max Mueller Bhavan.
“It is very important to recognize and encourage filmmakers who make LGBTQ films against much odds, with very limited resources. They are swimming against the mainstream and need all the cheering,’’ says Sridhar Rangayan, festival director. At KASHISH 2015, some of the best LGBT films from all over the world compete for awards in seven categories. The total cash prize at the festival is to the tune of Rs 1.05 lakhs – for the various film categories as well as the international poster design contest.
An eminent jury panel comprising filmmakers and actors will judge the seven competition categories – Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, Best Documentary Short Film, Best International Narrative Short Film, Best Indian Narrative Short Film, Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker and Best Performance in a Lead Role. Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares will sponsor cash awards of Rs 30,000 for the Best Narrative Feature Film and Rs 20,000 each for the Best Indian Narrative Short Film and the Best Performance in a Lead Role. The winner of the Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker will win a cash prize of Rs 15,000 sponsored by Wadia Movietone. There is also a prize money of Rs 20,000 for the winner of the international poster design contest, which is sponsored by one of India’s top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks.
The Best Indian short film at KASHISH also gets to compete for the Iris Prize in UK which carries a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.
In the Narrative Feature category, five films compete for the top award: Appropriate Behaviour (USA) by Desiree Akhavan, Boys (The Netherlands) by Mischa Kamp, The Dream Children (Australia) by Robert Chuter, Skin Deep (Australia) by Jonnie Leahy and Waiting In The Wings: The Musical (USA) by Jeffrey A Johns
In the Documentary Feature category, five films compete for the award: Carla’s Journey (Spain) by Fernando Olmeda , Do I Sound Gay (USA) by David Thorpe, Open Windows (Spain/France) by Michèle Massé, Out In The Line-Up (Australia) by Ian W Thomson and Two Men And A Cradle (France) by Florence Helleux, Smaïn Belhadj.
In the Indian Narrative Short film category, the nominees are Delusion (Bhram) by Manoj S.Thorat, A Full Stop That Searches For Its End (Mudivai Thaedum Muttripulli) by Vivek Vishwanathan, Guy Next Door by Pradipta Ray, Jheel by Shubra D, Smita V, Pratek S, Anurup K (students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences), The Lover (Doyita) by Arpan Roychowdhury, and Sundar by Rohan Kanawade.
Pradipta Ray and Rohan Kanawade have earlier won the Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker at KASHISH 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The 6th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from 27th to 31st 2015 at Liberty Cinema, May 28th to 30th 2015 at Alliance Française de Bombay and May 29th to 30th 2015 at Max Mueller Bhavan. The theme for this year’s festival is `Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’.
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 theater.
Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. The festival this year will be held at Liberty Cinema, Alliance Française and Max Mueller Bhavan in South Mumbai. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH is organized by Solaris Pictures. Co-organizer is The Humsafar Trust.