KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival returns for its eighth edition today.
Voted as one of the Top five LGBT Film Festival in the world, Kashish Miqff Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater.
It is also the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India.
The film festival is scheduled to be held between May 24-May 28, 2017, at two iconic venues in South Mumbai – Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise De Bombay.
There will be a plethora of films that will be showcased in the festival. Some of the most noteworthy films to be screened are as follows:
1) Signature Move (Opening film)
Director: Jennifer Reeder
82 mins / USA / English / Narrative Feature
2) Apricot Groves
Director: Pouria Heidary Oureh
80 mins / Armenia / Armenian with English subtitles / Narrative Feature
3) White Nights (Velutha Rathrikal)
Director: Razi Muhammed
130 mins / India / Malayalam with English subtitles / Narrative Feature
4) Transitioning: Transgender Children
Directors: Roser Oliver, Lluís Montserrat
52 mins / Spain / Spanish with English subtitles / Documentary Feature
5) The Victim
Director: Basil Dearden
101 mins / UK / English / Narrative Feature
6) Chronicles of Hari (Harikatha Prasangal)
Director: Ananya Kasaravalli
105 mins / India / Kannada with English subtitles / Narrative Feature
7) Only Men Go To The Grave
Director: Abdulla Al Kaabi
80mins / UAE / Arabic / Narrative Feature
8) Play The Devil
Director: Maria Govan
89 mins / Trinidad & Tobago / English / Narrative Feature
Director: Piotr J. Lewandowski
99 mins / Germany / German with English subtitles / Narrative Feature
10) Loev (closing film)
Director: Sudhanshu Saria
92 mins / India / English / Narrative Feature
In the 8th edition of the festival, 147 films from 45 countries will be screened over five days. Of these 51 films will compete in the eight competition categories for top awards that carry total cash awards of Rs 2.25 lakhs.
The jury panel for KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival includes the likes of screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, actor Lubna Salim, TV Producer and writer Vinta Nanda, editor Jabeen Merchant and writer Aseem Chhabra. Roy Wadia will be present as additional jury member.
The “Country in Focus” this year at the 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the United Kingdom. KASHISH is collaborating with British Film Institute (BFI) to commemorate LGBT50 – that marks the 50 years of decriminalisation of homosexuality.
The schedule and other details of the film festival can be found in their website.