Bigger, Bolder & Queerer, Promises Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011…..
05/02/2011

Kashish 2010 was the first mainstream queer film festival held in India. They brought together Indian and international queer cinema on one platform.

Online PR News – 02-May-2011 – – Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011, the second edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) film fest will be held from May 25-29, 2011, at two venues in Mumbai - a multiplex theater and Alliance Francaise – will show case more than 125 films from over 22 countries. This year, Kashish promotes short films and their filmmakers. Apart from film screenings, the fest will also feature panel discussions with filmmakers, interaction with celebrities and much more…

For further information, please visit website www.mumbaiqueerfest.com

Continuing KASHISH’s mission of showcasing and promoting queer films and their filmmakers, this year too would see some exciting short film packages.

Key Highlights for this year will be:
• This year, the ‘Country Focus’ will be on Israel with more than 8 films from there
• Spotlight on Filmmaker’ will shine on US filmmaker Q. Allan Brocka and UK filmmaker Rikki Beadle-Blair with their funny, sexy and thought provoking films
• Special package of sensitive, dramatic and touching features and shorts on HIV/AIDS is introduced under ‘Red Ribbon’ package
• The ``competition section’’ will showcase films which will be judged by a select jury panel and the winners rewarded with cash awards

Kashish 2010 was the first mainstream queer film festival held in India. They brought together Indian and international queer cinema on one platform.
KASHISH 2011 promises to be an event to remember for both LGBT and mainstream audiences. It will be a time to watch loads and loads of LGBT films, engage in discussions, interact with celebrities and filmmakers, participate in cultural activities and just simply have a FABULOUS time!

The Best Indian queer short film at Kashish gets to compete for the Iris Prize in UK which carries a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.

On this occasion, Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director said, “The festival offers cinema as a means to understand what being queer means today, and how it impacts both the queer community and the society at large and foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.”

The Indian queer landscape is undergoing historic changes: Pride parades in all the metros, the Delhi High Court’s landmark verdict on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, re-launch of India’s first gay magazine Bombay Dost, the Indian Election Commission’s decision to recognize transgender as a separate category – all these have increased queer visibility both in the media and in mainstream society. KASHISH- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival takes this journey further through the medium of films.

For further information, please contact:
Reema Gaglani- 9619030516
Email: reema@actimediaindia.com