News and stories from KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Celina Jaitly gives away awards to winners, cash awards by Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares and Wadia Movietone. Canadian film Tru Love won the top two awards – Best Narrative Feature Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Kate Trotter - at the fifth KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival on Sunday May 25, 2014. KASHISH is South Asia's and India's biggest and only mainstream LGBT film fest.
Bollywood actor Celina Jaitly presents award at cosining ceremony of 5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Ashok Row Kavi, gay activist and founder of Humsafar Trust and Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s top fashion designers, were awarded the KASHISH Rainbow Warriors Award on Sunday May 25, 2014. The award instituted this year by KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival recognises the work of persons in furthering LGBT rights.
The fifth edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film festival got off to a dazzling start with a star-studded opening ceremony and the screening of the Opening Film `Out In The Dark’’. South Asia’s and India’s biggest LGBT film festival will be held between May 21-25 at Mumbai’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise.
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – South Asia’s and India’s biggest LGBT film festival – returns for its fifth year with a large collection of 154 films from 31 countries. India’s only mainstream lesbian, gay and transgender film festival and one of the first to receive clearance from the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will take place between May 21 - May 25, 2014, at the iconic Liberty Cinema, New Marine Lines and Alliance Française de Bombay. National Award winning actor, filmmakers will comprise the KASHISH Jury and will judge films for competition at South Asia's and India's biggest LGBT film fest.
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2014 – South Asia’s and India’s biggest LGBT film festival – will screen 28 Indian films this year which is the highest count ever for Indian films being screened at KASHISH. Around 154 films from 31 countries will be screened at the festival. These includes shorts and features in both narrative and documentary category.
The fifth edition of the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – South Asia’s and India’s biggest LGBT film festival - will take place between May 21 - May 25, 2014, at the iconic Liberty Cinema, New Marine Lines and Alliance Française de Bombay (AFB).
On April 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of India granted recognition to Hijras and Transgenders by creating a 'third gender' status, deeming them a socially and economically backward category, hence granting them special provisions for admission to educational institutions and employment opportunities. The SC also added that if a person surgically changes his/her sex, then he or she is entitled to her changed sex and can not be discriminated.This latest development on human rights is a hugely welcomed decision and gay activist, filmmaker and festival director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival Sridhar Rangayan said, "This is indeed a landmark judgment that will have a far reaching effect on rights and welfare for transgender community in India. It will provide them right to education, health, employment and several other welfare schemes. It will make the community come out of the shadows and be part of the social mainstream".
India's finest art deco theatre' to host 5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival - South Asia's biggest LGBT film festIn its fifth year KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2014 will move to a new venue - the iconic Liberty Cinema at New Marine Lines. The historic art deco single screen theatre, which has seen premieres and screenings of Bollywood classics over the past half century, will host South Asia's and India's biggest and only mainstream LGBT film festival between May 21-25, 2014. The festival will also simultaneously be held at Alliance Francaise de Bombay between May 22-24, 2014.
In conversation with Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan on the challenges in organizing a LGBT film festival – South Asia’s largest – in India and the half-a-decade journey of the festival.
When you begin something challenging, especially in difficult circumstances, you never know where it will lead to or will it ever sustain. Founding KASHISH in 2010 as a mainstream LGBT film festival, and organizing it on an international scale was a daunting task. But, support came from various quarters – from filmmakers and distributors, to the Indian film industry, to development sector organizations, cultural institutions & corporate, and of course a large turnout of not just LGBT audiences, but mainstream audiences.
Over the past four years, KASHSIH has grown in scale to become South Asia’s biggest queer film festival. Everyone in Mumbai and across the world now believes KASHISH is here to stay.
Rituparno Ghosh – filmmaker & actor who pushed the boundaries for the nascent Indian queer cinema movement. KASHISH festival director Sridhar Rangayan pays tribute
Chitrangada – The Crowning Wish, was the Closing Film last year at KASHISH 2013. The theater was jam packed and the screening ended at around 1am. The audience coming out of the theater looked stunned. Many of them mentioned what an amazing film it was - ‘visually exciting’, ‘pushing the boundaries’ were some of the phrases used by them to describe the film.
KASHISH 2014 International Poster Contest has a winner! India's top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks has picked the poster submitted by Punith Mahesh as the winning design.
``The stark graphics and the concept of exploring the mind makes this poster a winner. At a time when we need a change of mindset over Section 377 and new concepts of expression in queer cinema, this poster makes for a refreshing think tank. The overall impact if the poster is unforgettable and easily identifiable. Congratulations to the winner,'' said Wendell Rodricks while announcing the winner.
Author and socialite Shobhaa De and sociologist and Indian censor board member Nandini Sardesai on Sunday inaugurated the Best of Kashish film screenings at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) , Mumbai on Sunday January 26, 2014. The event along with a performance by Dancing Queens was part of the celebrations during the pride month in Mumbai."Kashish represents all that is right with art and culture,'' said De about the annual Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film festival, South Asia's and India's biggest and only mainstream LGBT film festival. She stressed on the importance of the arts in bringing about change in social attitudes towards the LGBT community and the crucial role played by Kashish. ``December 2013 was a dark month for the LGBT community (with the Supreme Court recriminalising homosexuality. But there are three numbers that the community should not be afraid of - 3-7-7. Section 377 is not something to be scared of or should be allowed to intimidate. I am sure 2014 will be positive and bring about change.''
IIT Bombay hosts `Best of KASHISH’ film screening and panel discussion which brought together activists and filmmakers'Stand up and be counted’’ – that was the blunt message delivered by noted filmmaker Aruna Raje and actor Mona Ambegaonkar at the ‘Best of KASHISH’ Film Screening and Panel discussion at IIT Bombay on January 29, 2014, as part of the Mumbai pride month celebrations by Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM).The event was organized by KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival – South Asia’s and India’s biggest and only mainstream LGBT film festival along with SAATHI, the IIT LGBT campus group.
Indian gay, lesbian and transgender films had an international festival run in Octobe 2013, making a mark worldwide.KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, whose 4th edition was held in May 2013, facilitated programming Indian and South Asian LGBT films around the world. The films screened in October 2013 at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival (USA), Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival (Germany) and Iris Prize Festival (UK).“We would like to reach out with these wonderful films beyond the five days of our festival. So we curate a package of films that can travel through the year to various venues. KASHISH recently facilitated a screening of queer films in Hyderabad, organized by the youth group Queer Campus Hyderabad. The Octoberfest series of screenings took this initiative ahead”, says Sridhar Rangayan, festival director of KASHISH, which has by now grown to be South Asia’s biggest queer film festival.
Sridhar Rangayan, festival director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival was on the Jury for Iris Prize Festival 2013 which awards the highest cash award for LGBT films in the worldIris Prize Festival at Cardiff Wales, UK gives out the highest cash award for a LGBT film - £25,000, no less! A 10 member strong jury comprised of festival directors, filmmakers and actors from India, Australia, Ireland and UK decides on the winner. The 2013 ury, chaired by Kirsten Schaffer the Executive Director at Outfest, Los Angeles included Sridhar Rangayan, festival director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.
KASHISH is the only Indian festival to be featured in MovieMaker Magazine's annual coolest film festivals from around the worldKASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival has been voted MovieMaker Magazine's 2013 Top Five Coolest LGBT Film Festivals in the world. KASHISH, which debuted in 2010, is South-Asia's biggest and India's only mainstream LGBT film festival.Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan says, ``I cannot even say this is a dream come true because we never even dreamt of something like this! When we started KASHISH, we just wanted to provide a platform where everyone could watch international quality gay and lesbian films without shame or fear in a mainstream space.
Crystal Arnette is Best Actor, while Pakistani film Hide and Seek wins Best Doucmenatry feature award at the fourth edition of India’s biggest and only mainstream LGBT film festival Morgan directed by Michael Akers from the USA won the Best Narrative Feature Film at the 4thKASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. The award, which has a cash prize of Rs 30,000 sponsored by acclaimed actor AnupamKher and his Actor Prepares school for actors, was handed out at a glittering closing ceremony of the festival on Sunday evening. ``We thank the festival for its amazing work in helping to bring film's such as ours to the audiences who desperately need it,’’ said Akers.