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FILMS IN COMPETITION : RIYAD WADIA AWARD

Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker

Instituted in memory of late filmmaker Riyad Wadia, who made India’s first gay film BOMgAY. Indian narrative and documentary short films that are the filmmaker’s first or second film completed after January 1, 2017 compete for this award that carries cash award of Rs.15,000 sponsored by Wadia Movietone, a trophy, a gift hamper, and a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips.

Thursday May 24 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas / in package: Documentary Shorts Competition 1
ZARA NAZAR UTHA KE DEKHO
25 min / 2018 / India / Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Panjabi
Dir: Anindya Das

naraz uthake

This documentary juxtaposes personal narratives of cruising from the LGBTQ community against visuals of Indian public spaces like cinema halls, toilets, parks and stations.
Through the stories emerge the different facets and complexities of urban cruising – one of the most dominant ways of finding sexual/romantic partners for the LGBTQ community in India.

Saturday May 26 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas / in package: Queering India 1
BIRDS OF PARADISE
10 min / 2018 / India / Malayalam
Dir: Rahul M M

birds of paradise

The film travels through a day in the life of three transgenders, set against the binary and the morality of the society.

Saturday May 26 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas / in package: Queering India 1
THE TWO COMPANIONS (Original Title: অন্তরালে অনন্যা)
18 min / 2017 / India / Bengali
Dir: Nilimesh Kar

two companions

Based on O Henry’s celebrated story ‘The Gift of the Magi’, the film revolves around Antara, a typist and Ananya, a BPO employee during the period of modern recession and demonetization. It explores the realm of unspoken unadulterated love which goes beyond the reach of materialism.

Saturday May 26 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas / in package: Queering India 1
COVER STORY
13 min / 2017 / India / Hindi, English
Dir: Suhail Abbasi

cover story

Randeep, a successful advertising executive, is in turmoil as his boss Neeraj, dismisses a same-sex ad film idea proposed by his junior colleague Rashi. He senses a deep sense of homophobia and sets into deep introspection about his own preferences.

Sunday May 27 / 12.45pm / Liberty Carnival Cinemas Saturday / in package: Indian Masala Mix 1
TRITIYA
16 min / 2017 / India / Malayalam
Dir: Vishnu Prasad

Tritiya

A revelation about his roommate takes Sandeep on a journey into himself, to his childhood where his demon is still awake and reaches back as a changed person.

Sunday May 27 / 12.45pm / Liberty Carnival Cinemas / in package: Indian Masala Mix 1
GRAY
33 min / 2018 / India / English, Hindi
Dir: Preet

Gray

Nandini is married to Rohit, a closeted gay man. Zoel, Rohit’s partner, is an artist and aware of Nandini’s suffocation. When Rohit plans to have a kid through IVF, so that Nandini will get busy in her life and it may release him of his guilt too, opposite to Rohit’s expectations; Zoel feels disgusted and discards Rohit’s intention of managing his life between him and Nandini.

Sunday May 27 / 2.45pm / Liberty Carnival Cinemas / in package: Indian Masala Mix 2
AJAY
20 min / 2018 / India / English, Marathi
Dir: Vikrant Dhote

Ajay

After a young boy commits suicide, an NGO decides to investigate the matter by interviewing the people connected to his death. These are excerpts from their archives.

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