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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Founded in 2010, and held every year for the past seven years, KASHISH attracts close to 8500 footfalls every year over its 5 days festival at two venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India.

The festival has also attracted topline Bollywood celebrities, filmmakers, critics and academicians from India as well as many international guests from across the world. It was voted as one of the ‘Top 5 coolest LGBT film festivals in the world’ by an audience poll conducted by MovieMaker magazine, USA. It receives more than 100 press features every year from Indian press as well as international press, including New York Times.

KASHISH believes that films and art are a powerful medium to bring about social change and the festival uses the reach and spread that KASHISH has already established, as one of Mumbai’s important film festival, to rally public opinion towards equality and dignity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. KASHISH uses local, national and international platforms to advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBT issues.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation, and organized by Solaris Pictures.
Festival Website: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com

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Our vision


KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema among both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.

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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation, and organized by Solaris Pictures


KASHISH Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit public trust that aims to arrange and organize programs in the field of arts, culture, literature, theatre and films. It aims to create awareness and work for the Social, Cultural, Educational awakening of citizens of India who are marginalized on the basis of their gender identity, HIV status, transgenders and other sexual minorities.

Every year KASHISH Arts Foundation presents its flagship event KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. It also organizes KASHISH Forward, a traveling campus LGBTQ film festival. The trust facilitates KASHISH Global, programming of Indian LGBTQ films at festivals worldwide, and Best of KASHISH, screening at various organizations and pride events across India.

Solaris Pictures

Solaris Pictures is an Indian media house that believes in ‘Advotainment’ – advocacy with entertainment. As a film production company it has consistently been making films on issues such as LGBT rights; films that engage the audience and initiate dialogues on issues dealing with health and sexuality, human rights, and the LGBT community.

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Executive Leadership

Sridhar Rangayan
Festival Director

Sridhar Rangayan is a filmmaker, writer and activist. He has consistently strived to give a voice to LGBT issues in India through his films, writings and public speaking for over two decades.

Saagar Gupta
Director of Programming

Saagar Gupta is a freelance media professional and a reputed writer and poet. Being in the TV & Film industry for more than a decade he has worked with some of the best production houses and almost every General Entertainment Channels.

Shibu Thomas
Director of Communications

Shibu Thomas is a media professional. For over a decade he has been working as journalist with leading newspapers in India.

Pearl Daruwalla
Director of Operations

Pearl Daruwalla is an energetic individual who is passionate about riding, music and all things events. An alumni of National Institute of Event Management (NIEM), Pearl has worked on national and international events like Sula Festival, Nariyal Paani, and KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival; handling the end-to-end production.

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Advisory Board

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is honoured and privileged to have an eminent Advisory Board.

Arunaraje Patil

Dolly Thakore

Jenni Olson

Meghna Ghai Puri

Nandini Sardesai

Roy Wadia

Shernaz Patel

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Our Patron & Ambassador

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is honoured and privileged to have the renowned filmmaker and eminent advocate of good cinema Mr.Shyam Benegal as our Festival Patron. Former Miss India and actor Celina Jaitly is our Festival Ambassador

Festival Patron – Shyam Benegal

Festival Ambassador – Celina Jaitly

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Our Achievements

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.

Words from Our Partners

  • Barclays was proud to be the Opening Night sponsor for Kashish.  We are committed to fostering environments where differences are valued for the perspectives they bring us.

    BarcalaysKASHISH Partner in 2012
  • Nomura firmly believes in promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for its employees, as well as the communities in which it operates, and is pleased to support Kashish

    NomuraKASHISH Partner in 2011 & 2012
  • Kashish MIQFF presents an excellent opportunity to discuss about improving health and reducing risks and discussing issues around HIV through Panel discussions and the Red Ribbon Series.  Our support to Kashish MIQFF and the queer community in Mumbai will go a long way in reducing stigma and discrimination and improve health seeking behaviour

    DKT IndiaKASHISH Partner in 2010, 2011 and 2013
  • We are really proud to be able to partner with KASHISH. IBM is a company that believes in diversity, specially LGBT diversity, and this is one of our ways to reach out to larger communities.

    IBMKASHISH Partner in 2014
  • We are not just sponsors, we are collaborators and partners. Godrej believes in making all our company spaces safe and inclusive.

    GodrejKASHISH Partner in 2014
  • It is time that cinema explores the differences that make us human yet it continues to explain these differences by showing the emotions that make us all human & equal. KASHISH is instrumental in that. Whistling Woods International is proud to be associated with KASHISH and we hope to see this association grow in the future.

    Whistling Woods InternationalKASHISH Partner in 2014
  • The mission of KASHISH coincides with the mission of Pehchaan in spreading awareness about LGBT issues and HIV & AIDS to people across a diverse spectrum.

    Indian HIV/AIDs AllianceKASHISH Partner in 2014
  • We feel KASHISH film festival is an important event to make the society understand who LGBT community is. What better platform than a film festival to show what the LGBT community feels, what kind of problems they have, and that like everyone they deserve respect, they deserve their rights. That’s why we are happy to be associated with KASHISH film festival from the very beginning in 2010.

    Alliance Française de BombayKASHISH Partner 2010-2015
  • It is really important to support a festival like KASHISH which offers a platform for Indian and international films that otherwise can never be seen in India. Our acting school has always recognised excellence in cinema and we are happy to support the top awards at KASHISH. It is also our commitment to raise awareness about social issues

    Anupam Kher's Actor PreparesKASHISH Partner 2013-2015
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