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.