Delegate Registrations open for South Asia's biggest LGBTQ film festival

South Asia’s biggest and India’s only mainstream LGBTQ film festival – KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – returns for its eighth edition in May 2017. Registrations have opened on for the festival that will be held from May 24-28, 2017. Around 147 films from 45 countries that reflect the diversity of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities will be screened at two venues in South Mumbai – the city’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance de Francaise. This year’s festival theme is “Diverse, One” and explores the diversity of the LGBTQ communities.

“This year’s programming is unique and diverse, encompassing LGBTQ diversity from across the world as well as racial and ethnic diversity in the films that are being screened,” said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director. “Several new countries debut in this year’s KASHISH, including films from Armenia, Nigeria, Kosovo, Rwanda, UAE, Trinidad & Tobago and Aruba! Being South Asia’s biggest LGBT Film Festival we have made a concerted effort to program films from Asia, South Asia and Asia Pacific. “We hope to live up to this year’s theme, ‘Diverse, One’ bridging all barriers and making it one of the most memorable events of Mumbai,” said Rangayan.

KASHISH MIQFF was the first LGBTQ film fest in India to receive clearance from the India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry, when it debuted in 2010. This year the festival will also screen an increased number of feature-length narrative and documentary films, more than any other year.

“In line with our mission of mainstreaming LGBTQ visibility, KASHISH this year has partnered with a mainstream platform like BookMyShow to facilitate registrations to the festival. We are hoping that this will not only offer ease and convenience for the registrants, but also offer more visibility to KASHISH among all other events. Along with diversity of programming, we hope to bring in diversity of audience, that include more non-LGBT audience who want to attend a good cinematic event screening world-class cinema on the big screen – which includes film & media students, film professionals, families and film enthusiasts,” added Rangayan.

Around 1200 films from across the world were submitted to the festival. “Making a selection of 147 films from more than 1200 films submitted was a challenging task for the selection team. The task was to not just screen the best of best, but also keep diversity in mind. At this year’s KASHISH, there’s something for everyone”, said Saagar Gupta, Director of Programming.

The entire list of 45 Countries whose films will be screened at KASHISH 2017 is as follows:

Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, UAE, UK, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela.

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