Chennai International Queer Film Festival

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The Chennai International Queer Film Festival (also referred to as 'Reel Desires') is the latest in a series of queer film festivals that started in 2004.[1][2][3][4] It is hosted at the Goethe-Institut in Nungambakkam, and is run by volunteers and held in partnership with local and international LGBT groups and NGOs.

The festival is typically spread over two evenings and one half-day, and includes features, documentaries and shorts. Accompanying the film festival are panel discussions on the theme of LGBTQI inclusion, interfaces with film makers, photography/art exhibits and other performances. The event is funded through community donations and is non-ticketed.

In 2012, Orinam and Chennai Dost partnered with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai to organize Colours of Sexuality: Chennai Queer Film Festival from June 15-17, 2012.[5]


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  2. ^ "LGBT film fest to focus on identities". The Times of India. 20 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Rakshita Patel (29 May 2013). "Chennai holds film festival for LGBT community". Gay Star News. 
  4. ^ "Chennai International Queer Film Festival to commence from Thursday". The New Indian Express. 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Queer film fest to be part of Pride Month celebrations". The Times of India. June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 

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