Instituted in memory of late filmmaker Riyad Wadia, who made India’s first gay film BOMgAy. Young, emerging Indian filmmakers' first or second film made in 2012/2013 compete for this prestigious award sponsored by Wadia Movietone.
30 min / 2012 / Documentary Short / India / Dir: Ananya Kasaravalli
A poignant documentation about Shankari’s search for femininity, love, dignity and identity; and what she thinks are the elements that make her more of a woman. If Gender is a process and there are different aspects to it – the biological or the physical, emotional, societal, sexual - then what are the different nuances she is constantly searching for the validation of her gender as a trans person. The strength and courage shown by Shankari against all odds makes a telling statement
7 min / 2012 / Experimental Short / India / Dir: Nakshatra
Why do people use curtains on their windows? Is it to hide their lives from the snooping eyes of others or to hide their own insecurities about the revelation of their true self?
60 min / 2012 / Narrative Feature / India / Dir: Manava Naik
Inspired by true life-story of transgender activist Revathi, Dopehri tells us about the dreams, agonies and ordeals of a young boy with a girl’s soul. Doraiswamy ran away from his house in rural Karnataka to Mumbai to fulfill his wish. Thus begins Revathy’s journey of self-identification; through the passion and pain she receives by her clique, colleagues and society. She finally finds her identity in the Indian society where a transgender is not yet legally and socially acceptable.
IN SOME MOMENTS..
(Original Title: Kuch Palon Mein..)
20 min / 2013 / Narrative Short / India / Dir: Avinash Matta
Mihir is openly gay. He has a good job and is happily living independently with his pet golden fish. One day Ankit, his senior from college visits his city on an official assignment. Things change when Mihir accidently realizes that, like him, Ankit too is gay but living in the closet!
(Original Title: Ektya Bhinti)
38 min / 2012 / Narrative Short / India / Dir: Rohan Kanawade
Two individuals of same sexual orientation living under one roof, within same walls. The son has come out to his father and wants to live the way he is, but the father has still kept his sexual identity secret from his son. Both seem to be living happily, but can lifebe ever steady?!
REMINISCENCE OF ETHER
21 min / 2013 / Narrative Short / India / Dir: Veena Kulkarni
Ruksar, a successful investment banker living in London with roots in India, is in the middle of a life changing decision. She is being pulled back into her past - a past of poems, paints, promises and a magical sculptor - to carve a path into the future with someone more important, more valuable than anything in her life.
10 min / 2012 / Narrative Short / India / Dir: Aditya Shankar
Pandora's Box can be seen either as an instrument of godly wrath, or of hope born. But when metaphors melt into reality, after the initial phase of restless indignation, we realize that there is hope.