The 12th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival, will, once again, be held this year virtually from August 19 to September 5, spread over 3 weekends.
The festival will screen 221 films from 53 countries out of which 55 films compete in the 9 competition categories that include Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Performance in a Lead Role, Best Documentary Feature and Short, Best Indian and International Narrative Short and Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker.
“Amidst the ongoing challenges across the world, KASHISH wants to bring a ray of hope, and a chance to celebrate lives, by watching the best of Indian and International films from your own homes. We want to be resilient and celebrate the diversity of human experiences through cinema,” said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director.
Sharing that KASHISH celebrates its 12th year with a large bounty of cash awards that recognise the best in filmmaking, Rangayan says that these awards also offer encouragement to filmmakers who have made these films under challenging circumstances, sometimes in countries where being LGBTQ+ is still dangerous. “These films are diverse and tell very unique stories, representing the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum,” he adds.
The films competing in the Narrative features category include ‘Advent Of Mary’ (Brazil), ‘Firebird’ (Estonia, UK), ‘Forgotten Roads’ (Chile), ‘The Man With The Answers’ (Cyprus, Greece, Italy), and ‘Versus’ (Philippines). Films competing in the Best Documentary Feature category include ‘A Worm In The Heart’ (Russia, Ireland, The USA), ‘Canela’ (Argentina), ‘I Am Here – We Are Here Together’ (Japan), ‘Pride & Protest’ (UK), ‘Prince Of Dreams’ (Sweden), and ‘Rebel Dykes’ (UK).
Details about the films are under ‘Program’ at: http://mumbaiqueerfest.com.
Registrations are now open for people to attend KASHISH 2021. Do check details for registrations at the ‘Attend’ tab on the website.