Films in Competition: Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker

5 films compete for the Riyad Wadia Award for Best Indian Emerging Filmmaker at KASHISH 2016

Dirs: Srikant Ananthkrishnan, Vikrant Dhote / 2015 / 12 min / India
It’s just another day in Kabir and Arnav’s life. But in the name of safety, two police officers take it upon themselves to create a spectacle of the young men’s private and intimate relationship.

Dir: Balaji M / 2015 / 13 min / India
Priyanka and Ramya, two transwomen, live together as independent individuals, despite societal challenges. Priyanka’s one persistent wish it to be a mother, as she feels only being a mother completes her womanhood.

Dir: Akhil Sathyan / 2015 / 24.20 min / India
That’s My Boy takes us through the life of Sonu, who strongly disagrees to believe that his gender is the biological one. Sonu was born a girl but he always knew that his physical body and mental identity were at odds with each other.

THE THRESHOLD (Original Title: Daaravtha)
Dir: Nishant Roy Bombarde / 2015 / 30 min / India
An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos.

Dir: Moses Tulasi / 2015 / 32.47 min / India
Walking the Walk follows the participants of Hyderabad’s queer pride march in February 2015. The walk draws inspiration from the most recently successful social movement which led to formation of a brand new state in India, Telangana. With its unique culture and traditions, Telangana becomes the back drop of the queer pride walk.