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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 13:39

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011 was a brilliant success.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011 was a brilliant success.

The festival screened 124 films from 23 countries over five days at two venues in 51 program slots. We had 67.5% turnout with about 6225 audience footfalls. There were 15 houseful shows.

7 films were awarded with the Kashish 2011 trophy. A new award for an emerging Indian filmmaker with best queer themed short-film was instituted in the memory of first Indian queer filmmaker - Riyad Wadia, which carries a cash award of Rs.10,000.

A bevy of Bollywood celebrities – Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Pooja Bhatt, Sanjay Suri, Samir Soni, Neelam Soni, Aleque Padamsee, Suhasini Mulay, Dolly Thakore, Rajit Kapur, Mona Ambegaokar, Onir, Karan Mehra, Jitin Gulati; eminent jury members from India to Indonesia – Sai Paranjpye, Khalid Mohamed, Shernaz Patel, Samir Soni, John Badalu; visiting international filmmakers -  Rikki Beadle-Blair (UK) and Q. Allan Brocka (USA), host of young Indian filmmakers and a very supportive media upped the festival buzz to greater heights, making KASHISH India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival and a hot & happening cultural space.

KASHISH was organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in association with The Humsafar Trust.

KASHISH wishes to thank all its partners and supporters: DKT India, UNDP, UNAIDS, Movies That Matter, Cinemax, Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Indieflix, British Council, Arts Network Asia, Time Out Mumbai, Nomura, Trikone Northwest, desiboys, The Film Collaborative, Wide Management, Wolfe Video, Rendezvous Pictures, Kalakranti 2011, Tasveer, Club One Seven, gaysi, Interpride, D’Kloset, Queer Ink, Azaad Bazaar, Salvation Star, Gossip, TQC, Actimedia, Wickiewoola, Neelu Bhuman, Paul Knox, Rajinder Khatik, Joe Zacharia and Yazad Khambatta...

… and all the filmmakers who participated with their wonderful film…

… and each and every one of you who came to watch the film and support KASHISH 2011.


We hope for your continued support and good wishes when we return in 2012.


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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:59

KASHISH 2012 is looking for Volunteers. 

Sign up as a volunteer and get a bird's eye view of the action - meet and interact with filmmakers and audiences from across India and the world, help run the venues, act as interpreters, work on the festival newsletter and in your spare time watch path breaking queer films. 

To enlist as a Volunteer for KASHISH 2012 please fill out the online Volunteer Form  

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 April 2012 10:07
Friday, 19 November 2010 07:37
It is time once again to get ready for India’s largest mainstream queer film festival: KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

The first edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost in association with The Humsafar Trust was held from April 22-25, 2010 turned out to be a milestone event in LGBT movement in India.

It had many first - the first ever queer film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre: PVR Cinemas; the first queer film festival in India to apply for and obtain an exemption from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the first ever queer film festival in India to have competitive categories and cash awards.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011 to be held in April 2011 intends to be BIGGER, BOLDER & BETTER.

We call upon filmmakers, both in India and across the world, to submit shorts, features and documentaries that highlight / focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters, communities and expressions.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 14:30
Saturday, 18 December 2010 16:13

KASHISH 2011 - Dates and Highlights announced 

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011, the second edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of which will be a multiplex theater. 

This year, the festival will showcase more than 124 films from over 23 countries.


The highlights this year:


- More feature length films than last year with some very sensitive lesbian themed features.


- Films from across the globe: from US to UK, Australia to Austria, India to Indonesia and even Argentina and Peru.


- This year, the ‘Country Focus’ will be on Israel with more than 7 films from there.


- ‘Spotlight on Filmmaker’ will shine on US filmmaker Q.Allan Brocka and 'Filmmaker in Focus' this year would be Rikki Beadle-Blair. Both will be coming to KASHISH to present their films and participate in panel discussions.


- Special package of films on Anti-Bullying and gay bashing in schools followed by a panel discussion.


- Continuing KASHISH’s mission of showcasing and promoting Indian queer shorts and short filmmakers, this year would have a fantastic collection under its ‘Indian Masala Mix’ program.


- A competition section for Best Narrative Feature too, which would include both Indian and International films made in 2010 / 2011. This is in addition to the other competitive categories awarded last year: Best Docu Feature, Best Docu Short, Best International Narrative Short and Best Indian Narrative Short.


- The Best Indian queer short film at Kashish gets to compete for the Iris Prize in UK and a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.    


Also watch out for an eminent jury comprising of award winning filmmakers, actors and media professionals.


KASHISH 2011 promises to be an event to remember for both LGBT and mainstream audiences. It will be a time to watch loads and loads of LGBT films, engage in discussions, interact with celebrities and filmmakers, participate in cultural activities and just simply have a FABULOUS time!


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 14:32