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Monday, 23 April 2012 17:45

The winner of Kashish 2012 Poster Contest has been chosen! The KASHISH Poster designed by S Ayyappa, a young graphic design student from Vijayawada has been picked as the winner by Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s top fashion designers.

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Announcing the winner, Wendell Rodricks said, “The winning poster has raced ahead of the rest due to the creative nature of translating the butterfly motif without resorting to the butterfly icon that is part of the Festival motif. That apart, the message is conveyed with clarity, minimalism and dignity - three characteristics I personally cherish, and wish to congratulate the winner for the same.”

 Wendell Rodricks

The contest to design the official poster for the upcoming 3rd KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival saw a huge number of entries from professional and amateur designers as well as students across India.

Winner - S Ayyappa

S Ayyappa, the young student pursuing his MSc Visual Communication (graphic design) at Andhra Loyala College, Vijayawada, was ecstatic. “I am very happy that my poster won the competition conducted by KASHISH. This is the first national competition that I have participated in and it feels great to enjoy the taste of success. This award will help me to move forward on my way to successful career in design with confidence and support. I really thank KASHISH for giving me this opportunity and my friend Sampath who encouraged me to participate in the competition.”

 

Speaking of his design he said, “Like the colorful butterfly which travels around, your film festival also reaches many people”

The winner of the poster contest will receive a KASHISH trophy and a gift hamper. The winning design will also be featured on hoardings, print and online advertisements, catalogue covers, banners, cinema slides and delegate cards.

Sridhar Rangayan and Pallav Patankar, Festival Directors of KASHISH 2012 echoed their sentiments.

“The theme for this year’s festival is ‘For Everyone’, which means it has something to offer for everyone – not just for the LGBT community, but also their families, colleagues and friends. The poster contest, which saw entries pouring in from across India, reflected this spirit” said Mr.Rangayan, adding, “The contest has achieved what it set out to - not just focus on the metros but also reach out to queer persons in tier 2 and tier 3 cities across India. The winner being from Vijayawada just underscores the reach KASHISH has had in the last two years”.

Mr.Patankar agreed to say, “Involving a larger community beyond the LGBT boundaries  and encouraging creative expression of one’s sexuality is what KASHISH has always endeavoured, I am happy that a student has understood this underlying message and has participated in this contest, keeping with this year’s theme of KASHISH 2012 – For Everyone”.

KASHISH 2012, the third edition of the India’s first and only mainstream queer film festival, will be held between May 23-27, 2012 in Mumbai at Cinemax Versova and Alliance Française de Bombay.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Festival Website: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com/  

Festival Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2012  

Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2012 17:51
 
Sunday, 01 April 2012 12:21

KASHISH 2012 needs EVERYONE to contribute

Even as the Supreme Court is preparing its verdict on Sec377, KASHISH, your favourite LGBTQ festival that mainstreams queer issues through cinema, will be back for its third year very soon. With no government support and corporate sponsorship in India still difficult to come by, we rely heavily on support from individuals and organizations to make the festival happen.

You can support the LGBTQ cause in India in your own big or small way! And we have some exclusive incentives to show our gratitude FOR EVERYONE who contributes:

Contribute online or offline:

Personal contributions  

Organization / Corporate contributions 

 

Contribute with just a click of your iPhone

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WHAT IS ‘KASHISH’

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only such festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The festival is organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in association with The Humsafar Trust.

The theme for the third edition of the festival, KASHISH 2012, to be held at a multiplex theater (May 23-27th) and Alliance Française de Bombay (May 24-26th) is ‘FOR EVERYONE’. The festival will make a special effort to program films and have panel discussions that appeal not only to the LGBTQ community but also those that relate to families and friends of LGBT people. The festival is open FOR EVERYONE and it is a FREE event.

WHY IS ‘KASHISH’ Fundraising?

The festival is a not-for-profit event. We don’t charge ticket prices or registration fee. It is open to EVERYONE free of charge.

With no government support and corporate sponsorship in India still difficult to come by, we rely heavily on support from individuals and organizations to make the festival happen. We are crowd-funding the festival this year through Wishberry.in and LGBTSupports.org.

All the money collected is used to cover festival expenses like venue costs, printing and stationery, promotional materials, trophies and awards, travel and stay for filmmakers, etc.

HOW CAN YOU HELP ‘KASHISH’?

EVERYONE can contribute, to help us organize this festival that offers EVERYONE a better understanding about LGBTQ people, their issues, their pain and problems, their joys and victories; not only in India but across the world.

You can support the cause in your own big or small way! We have some exclusive incentives to show our gratitude FOR EVERYONE who contributes.

 

For more information about the festival visit

Website: www.mumbaiqueerfest.com , Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com ,

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF   Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2012

  

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 12:27
 
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:48

CONTEST NOW CLOSED. WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON. 

Design the official poster for KASHISH 2012, India’s biggest international queer film festival. Test your creative instincts, get an international platform for your work and of course win exciting rewards.

 Kashish2012 poster contest

KASHISH 2012 will be held between May 23-27, 2012 in Mumbai. Now, you can be a part of the festival by designing its official POSTER, wherever you are in the world. The design will also feature on hoardings, print and online advertisements, catalogue cover, banners, cinema slides and delegate cards. 

Entries will be judged by an eminent panel of artists and designers and a celebrity! Award with benefits for winning entry!! 

What to Enter

  • A Poster design that encompasses a sense of ‘queer / LGBT’ and ‘cinema’ in its broadest or subtle understanding. LGBT = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender.  

How to Enter

  • Poster Design must include the following:

- KASHISH logo (available at http://tinyurl.com/76vhsx3 )

- Tagline: India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival – For Everyone

- Date: May 23-27, 2012

- Space for logos of organizers and partners (to be inserted later)

  • Poster size: A2 size (420 x 594 mm or 16.5 x 23.4 inches VERTICAL / PORTRAIT)
  • Poster design must be sent in JPEG format. Upon selection it should be available as a Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator file or as an uncompressed PDF file.
  • All images used in the poster MUST be free of copyright infringements

Design Competition FAQs

  • What is the deadline?

The deadline for submission of entries will be 15th March 2012 at 12:00 PM (IST) 

  • Who can submit and How many entries can I submit?

This is an International Competition. Anyone, anywhere in the world can participate. Participants are allowed to submit TWO (2) entries. Anyone found to have submitted more than that will be disqualified 

  • Where do I submit or send my design?

Fill in the submission form and mail a high resolution jpeg (max 5mb) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

  • How does the judging take place?

The panel of judges is a team of professional artists and designers and a celebrity! Their decision of the poster selection will be based on innovation, relevance, authenticity and charisma. Their decision will be the final verdict and cannot be disputed. 

  • Can I re-use the design for other projects?

All submissions become the property of KASHISH. 

  • Will I get any credit if my design is selected?

There will be credits to the designer. 

  • Is there any other reward if my design is selected? 

The winner will receive his/her award at the KASHISH 2012 awards ceremony. This will include a KASHISH award plaque, a copy of the poster, a KASHISH T-shirt and a Festival Guest Pass that allows entry to all festival events.


Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 12:31
 
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 06:36

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2012 FESTIVAL

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:58
 
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 06:02

KASHISH 2012: Call for film submissions

We are back with a bang! India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival returns for its third edition in 2012. Submissions are now open for all categories, including for the competition section. Filmmakers from India and across the world can submit features, documentaries and short films that highlight/focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer themes and expressions.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

KASHISH 2012 will be held in Mumbai from May 23-27, 2012 simultaneously at two venues - a mainstream multiplex theatre and at Alliance Francaise de Bombay. The festival is organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in association with The Humsafar Trust.

While the landmark first edition was held at PVR Cinemas, Juhu, from April 22-25, 2010 and screened 110 films from 25 countries, the second edition was held at Cinemax, Versova between May 25-29, 2011 and proved to bigger, bolder and queerer. Both the years, the festival was held simultaneously in South Mumbai at Alliance Francaise de Bombay.

The second edition in 2011 screened 124 films from 23 countries over five days and had 67.5% capacity turnout with about 6225 audience footfalls. Seven films were awarded with the KASHISH 2011 trophies. The guests featured A-list Bollywood actors and actresses, eminent filmmakers and critics, young filmmakers and actors as well as four international filmmakers - Q.Allan Brocka (USA), Rikki Beadle-Blair (UK), Georgette Okey (UK) and John Badalu (Indonesia).

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION: JANUARY 15, 2012  

Rules for submission:

Filmmakers from India and across the world can submit features, documentaries and short films that highlight/focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer themes and expressions.
There is no SUBMISSION FEE to submit the film. Also the festival does not pay Screening Fee since it believes in investing all its resources in showcasing the films to the best possible extent.
All films, including those in the English language, SHOULD be subtitled in English.
The festival has both competitive and non-competitive sections.
Only films completed after January 1, 2009 can be submitted. Only films completed after January 1, 2011 will be eligible for Competition.
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION: JANUARY 15, 2012 (postmarked). 
The festival encourages you to apply early since previews begin mid November.

How to submit your film?

This year we have tried to move into a paperless submission process. Please fill out the KASHISH 2012 ONLINE FILM SUBMISSION FORM at the following link:

After filling out the form, you will be advised where to send the DVD or Digital file of your film. We look forward to receiving your film and participation with your film in KASHISH 2012.

For information about the festival, please visit official website http://mumbaiqueerfest.com  or official blog http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com 
For inquiries email us at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:33
 
Sunday, 25 July 2010 10:17

 

Mumbai: 30 June 2010

 

Mumbai Joins Iris Family

 

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International partnership with Iris Prize is “wonderful recognition” says Sridhar Rangayan, founder of first mainstream queer film festival in India.

 

Kashish - Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, has become a partner festival of the Iris Prize. The new festival joins the global network of gay and lesbian film festivals who nominate a short film to compete for the Iris Prize, the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize.

 

“I’m delighted that Iris has a new partner festival from India. I understand that the first mainstream film festival in Mumbai earlier this year turned out to be the largest gay film festival in India creating history and a new milestone in the emergent Indian gay movement. The global network of film festivals who feed into Iris is hugely important to us allowing Iris to identify and support the very best film making talent from all over the world,” said Iris Prize Festival Patron and Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys. 

 

The Iris Prize is an international gay and lesbian short film prize that unites a global network of film festivals - located in Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Brazil, Austin, Hong Kong, London, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dublin, Philadelphia, Sydney, Miami, Chicago, and Melbourne – who annually nominate a short film to compete for the Iris Prize.

 

Kashish, India's largest LGBT film festival debuted in April 2010, at two mainstream venues - PVR, Juhu and Alliance Francaise. Over 1200 people attended the festival to watch 110 films from 25 countries.

 

“This is a very exciting time for gays and lesbians in India. Over the past few years, homosexuality has been able to achieve respect in the society. While we still have a long way to go, the decriminalisation of homosexual intercourse by the Delhi High Court in India has given this cause a further impetus. KASHISH – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival intends to take this movement forward by promoting queer visibility through cinema. Our first edition in April 2010 was a huge success, and I am extremely proud of it,” said Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director of Kashish.

 

“Our partnership with the Iris Prize is a wonderful recognition of our work. I am also pleased that our new festival is recognised by the international lesbian and gay community and it feels appropriate that Mumbai can share the Iris platform in Cardiff with Sydney, LA, Hamburg etc,” he added.

 

Kashish gets to nominate one Indian film for competing in the final round of the highly valued Iris Prize, thereby providing an international platform for Indian film makers to be able to compete for the largest prize for a gay and lesbian short film competition in the world – a package valued at £25,000.

 

 “The visibility of the LGBT community is growing in India. It has taken almost two decades of hard work by various LGBT networks and organizations to be able to reach a stage where the LGBT issues are now being discussed in various forums. One of our main mottos is to develop rational attitudes in society towards issues of homosexuality and Kashish Mumbai International Film Festival is one such effort. The success of the festival has made one thing very clear that today India is prepared to talk and deal with the LGBT community,” said fellow Kashish Festival Director, Vivek Anand.

 

“We are happy to be associated with the Iris prize and hope our association will help take this movement further in India and make an impact in the lives of the LGBT community”, he added.

 

 

For further information contact Berwyn Rowlands, Tel: +44 (0)29 20232744, 

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

www.irisprize.org

www.mumbaiqueerfest.com

 

 


 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 06:21
 
KASHISH 2010 Event Pics
Monday, 03 May 2010 15:59
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 05:19
 
KASHISH receives I&B Clearance...
Sunday, 18 April 2010 11:07

KASHISH - Mumbai International Queer Film Festival receives I&B Clearance to screen films at PVR and Alliance Francaise.

The organisers of Kashish are pleased to announce to the LGBTI community that Kashish-MIQFF has received clearance for 107 films from the I&B Ministry....

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