India's top designer Wendell Rodricks to judge contest which carries cash prize of Rs 25,000

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film fest – has announced an International Poster Design Contest for its 2018 edition. The winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000 instituted by one of India’s top fashion designers Wendell Rodricks, who will also judge the competition. KASHISH 2018 will be held from May 23-27, 2018 in Mumbai.

Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation and organized by Solaris Pictures. Besides the annual film festival its other initiatives are KASHISH Forward – India’s first travelling campus LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH Global – that facilitates screening of Indian LGBTQ films across the world, Best of KASHISH film screenings and KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – a festival of LGBTQ films in regional languages

The 9th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will celebrate pride and the infinite diversities of families, communities, gender, sex, ethnicity and body types. The fight for equal rights and societal acceptance is also a fight against discrimination of any sort, and equal rights can be only achieved when all of us – LGBTIQ and Allies – come together with pride to celebrate being ourselves.

“I am proud to be out here supporting the KASHISH. Each year the poster moves forward in different directions that the LGBT community grows towards. I wish the participant all the best… and to the organizers, more success, greater visibility and empowerment to the LGBT community via KASHISH 2018.” Wendell Rodricks.

The official poster will define the overall look of the 9th edition of the film festival. The theme of the festival this year is ‘Together, With Pride’

“This year’s theme ‘Together, With Pride’ is very apt considering KASHISH is one of the biggest pride events in India, embracing diversity of LGBTQ community and allies. We hope to make KASHISH 2018 more diverse and inclusive and are reaching out across various communities and bringing them all together,” said Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director.

“Every year the look of KASHISH has been defined by the unique design that comes out of this design contest which receives entries from across the world. This year the stakes are higher and we are looking forward to some amazing entries,” added Rangayan.

The winning design will be used on billboards (hoardings), banners, cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and catalog cover. The submissions can be emailed to For more details about the contest and the festival, please see

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