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.

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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.

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India's finest art deco theatre' to host 5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival - South Asia's biggest LGBT film fest

In 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.

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Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00

Technicolor dreams in Mumbai

It is easy to fit into one of the two Mumbai camps. There are those who hate the traffic, the crowds, the pollution and the prices. And, then there are others who fall for its cosmopolitan charm, it Gothic buildings, night life and the riot of colours. No wonder the city was christened Bombay – or the Good Bay by the Portuguese before they handed it over as dowry to the British.

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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.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00

He Dared To Dream

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.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00

KASHISH Turns Five!

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.

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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00


KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema among both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.

 Festival Background

The Indian queer landscape is undergoing historic changes.

After the landmark 2009 judgement on Sec 377 by Delhi High Court, effectively decriminalizing homosexuality, there was an environment of more openness to have discussions around LGBT issues. On December 11, 2013, the Supreme Court reversed the Delhi High Court verdict, thereby re-criminalizing homosexuality. This decision of the Indian Supreme Court is indeed a big setback to the nascent queer rights movement in the country. The verdict makes lesbian-gay-bisexual and transgender persons vulnerable to not just penal action of imprisonment but also extortion, blackmail and social stigma.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival stands firmly with the global outrage against section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and will work with queer and civil rights organizations to ensure that the law is repealed. KASHISH also believes that films and art are a powerful medium to bring about social change.

Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH has emerged as South Asia's and India's biggest LGBT film festival. We are committed to bring the best of international and Indian queer cinema to Mumbai and continue mainstreaming of queer issues and their lives.

Festival Name

KASHISH which means 'attraction or allurement' in Urdu does not have a gender or sexuality construct and is used to denote a deep attraction for anything – be it a person, an object or an idea.

Mumbai is the cinema capital of India as well as the city with the most vibrant & visible queer community.

International, because the festival not only represents films from all over the world, but also films that mirror global concerns and expressions.

Queer is an umbrella term that includes gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people.

Film Festival, that’s what KASHISH MIQFF is all about - films that explore the diverse realities, complexities, joys and sorrows that make up the global queer experience as well as celebrate queer identities in an entertaining manner.

Festival Logo

The butterflies in rainbow colours symbolize the spirit of queer persons breaking out of  the cocoon of social mores and flying free.

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