Brazilian film Music For The Bleeding Hearts wins big at KASHISH 2020 Virtual
KASHISH 2020 Virtual Award winners announced at an online glittering closing & award ceremony
The Brazilian film Music For the Bleeding Hearts (Música Para Morrer De Amor) won the Best Narrative Feature film at the 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQI film festival. Directed by Rafael Gomes, the film also won the Best Screenplay award. The awards were announced by the narrative jury comprising of National award winning filmmakers Hansal Mehta and Sunil Sukhtankar, and actor Sandhya Mridul. Cash awards of around Rs 2 lakhs were given to winners in eight award categories at the closing ceremony of KASHISH 2020 Virtual - the online edition of the festival - that was live streamed on July 30, 2020, on Facebook and YouTube, due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.
Sending a message from Sao Paulo, director of Music For Bleeding Hearts Rafael Gomes said, “In such harsh times as the one we are living in, all across the world, we are glad that our film could be felt like a warm embrace and to everyone who watched it – thank you very much and we hope next time this would be a face-to-face experience instead of a virtual one”.
The Best Indian Narrative Short film was won by The Song We Sang directed by Aarti Neharsh. The much coveted award, the award for Best Performance in a Lead Role, was won by Benjamin Daimary for his portrayal of a transgender person in the Indian feature film Fireflies (Jonaki Porua) directed by Prakash Deka. The Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker, instituted by Wadia Movietone, went to Sunday by Arun Fulara.
The virtual award ceremony featured performances by Indo-Canadian musical sensation Jonita Gandhi, queer breakdancer Shraddha Kutty, trans dancer Navya Singh, and queer singer Omi (Them) Adhikari. The evening was hosted by well-known RJ Rohini Ramnathan.
“Organizing the virtual film festival was a Herculean task in itself amidst the lockdown and the challenging situation, and screening 157 films from 42 countries in 52 programs that were available online to watch from any part of the world was a mammoth effort. We were truly blessed to have such stupendous feedback from audiences across the globe who appreciated the brilliant curation of films and panel discussions. The closing ceremony was indeed the crowning glory with awesome performances and the eminent jury reading out the citations. The happiness and joy of the award winners expressed through their acceptance speeches, gave us immense gratification and we will cherish this for a long time. The event was truly befitting of South Asia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival, bringing together diverse voices from across the globe”, said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director.
The Best International Narrative Short award went to Touchscreen, from the USA, directed by Arthur Halpern. There were two special mentions in this category that went to My Brother Is A Mermaid by Alfie Dale and We Are Dancers by Joe Morris, both from the UK.
The award for Best Documentary Feature was won by the Mexican film One Taxi Ride directed by Mak CK. A special mention for Best Documentary Feature was given to the UK film set in Georgia, March For Dignity by John Eames. The award for Best Documentary Short went to the Brazilian short film Breakwater directed by Cris Lyra.
The award for Best Student Short was won by the Taiwanese short film The Summer Of 12 directed by Kuan-Ling Kuo, a student of Shih-Hsing University, Tainan, Taiwan. A special jury mention was given in this category to the film Neon Hearts directed by Ana Jakimska, a student of Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Skopje, North Macedonia.
The Documentary Jury comprised of Faiza Ahmed Khan, Miriam Chandy Menacherry and Nakul Singh Sawhney. The Student Shorts Jury consisted of Rabiya Nazki, Shankhajeet De and Tangella Madhavi.
The award partners were Lotus Visual, K.F.Patil Charitable Trust, Wadia Movietone, Whistling Woods International, Gol Studios, Abhay Kulkani and Wendell Rodricks.
The festival partners were The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Morgan Stanley, the Consulate General of Canada, the Québec Government Office in Mumbai.
KASHISH 2020 Virtual screened 157 LGBTQIA+ films from 42 countries out of which 52 films were in competition. The festival that was kicked off on July 22nd with a glittering opening ceremony featuring Sunita Buyan and Lady Galore, concluded on July 30th with the award function with Jonita Gandhi’s performance. A special feature of the closing was also a festival team video with volunteers from the first edition in 2010 to the current one joining in a song of celebration.
“Now onto KASHISH 2021, hopefully back at the iconic Liberty Cinema,” Rangayan added.
Information about the entire festival can be found at http://mumbaiqueerfest.com