Mumbai Queer Film Festival

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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Location Mumbai, India
Language International
Website http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com/

The KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (also known as Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and Mumbai International Queer Film Festival) is an annual LGBT event that has been held in Mumbai, India since the year 2010. The film festival screens gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer films from India and around the world.

Background[edit]

The year 2009 was a historic one for the LGBT movement in India. On 2 July 2009, a Delhi High Court court ruling decriminalised homosexual intercourse between consenting adults and judged Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to be conflicting with the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India. This brought a respite to the Indian LGBT community that has been repressed and marginalized. This also led to open celebrations by LGBT persons including Pride Parades in many of the metros.[1] This was followed by the relaunch of India's first gay magazine – Bombay Dost.[2] The Indian Election Commission decided to recognize transgender as a separate category. All these activities brought media focus and visibility to the LGBT community in India.[3][4][5]

KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival takes this movement forward through the medium of films. It makes LGBT persons, their desires and aspirations visible through films and brings about an international perspective to LGBT works. The objective is to mainstream the LGBT community and project them as 'normal' human beings who have the capacity to love and live with dignity. 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.[6]

The Festival[edit]

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, 2010 [7] was held between 22 and 25 April 2010, spread across two venues in Mumbai – one in the city and one in the suburbs. Features, short films, documentaries and experimental films were screened that highlighted gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters and stories. The films explore the diverse realities, complexities, joys and sorrows that make up the Indian queer experience. They also celebrate, reclaim, and explain LGBTQ identities while engaging and entertaining audiences. The film festival brings together the audience, the films and their makers to create social change.

In its debut year Founder Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan said he hoped that the film festival would encourage greater visibility of queer cinema and bring it into the mainstream discourse. He has said that the Festival showcases the films to both queer and mainstream audiences, in order to make them aware about queer thought, desires and expressions.[8]

Awards[edit]

Best Narrative Feature Film[edit]

  • 2015: Boys (Jongens) - Mischa Kamp | The Netherlands [9]
  • 2014: Tru Love - Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald | Canada [10]
  • 2013: Morgan - Michael Akers | USA [11]
  • 2012: My Last Round (Mi Ultimo Rounde) - Julio Jorquera Arriagada | Chile [12]
  • 2011: I Am - Onir | India

Best Documentary Feature Film[edit]

  • 2015: Do I Sound Gay - David Thorpe | USA
  • 2014: Bridegroom - Linda Bloodworth-Thomason | USA
  • 2013: Hide and Seek - Saadat Munir | Pakistan / Holland
  • 2012: Let The Butterflies Fly (Chittegalu Haradali) - Gopal Menon | India
  • 2011: We Were Here - David Weissman | USA
  • 2010: Prodigal Sons - Kimberly Reed | USA [13]

Best Documentary Short Film[edit]

  • 2015: Novena - Anna Rodgers | Ireland
  • 2014: Families Are Forever - Vivian Kleiman | USA
  • 2013: Two Girls Against The Rain - Sopheak Sao | Cambodia
  • 2012: Are We So Different(Aamra Ki Etoi Bhinno) - Lok Prakash | Bangladesh
  • 2011: Bullied - Bill Brummel and Geoffrey Sharp | UK
  • 2010: XXWHY - Dr.Bharathy Manjula | India [13]

Best International Narrative Short Film[edit]

  • 2015: 09:55 - 11:05 Ingrid Ekman Bergsgatan 4b - Cristine Berglund and Sophie Vukovic | Sweden
  • 2014: Naked - José Antonio Cortés Amunarriz | Spain
  • 2013: Polaroid Girl - April Maxey | USA
  • 2012: Through The Window (Me’ever La’chalon) - Chen Shumowitz | Israel [14]
  • 2011: Let The World Know About Me - Marianna Giordano | Argentina
  • 2010: Steam - Eldar Rapaport[13]

Best Indian Narrative Short Film[edit]

  • 2015: Sundar - Rohan Kanawade | India and Mudivai Thaedum Muttrupulli (A Full Stop That Searches For Its End) - Vivek Vishwanathan | India
  • 2014: Mitraa - Ravi Jadhav | India
  • 2013: Urmi - Jehangir Jani | India
  • 2012: The Jury decided not to award any film in this category
  • 2011: Amen - Ranadeep Bhattacharya and Judhajit Bagchi | India
  • 2010: Lost & Found - Shrenik Jain | India [13]

Kashish Coffee Break Audience Award[edit]

  • 2013: This competition was not held
  • 2012: Logging Out - Nakshatra Bagwe | India
  • 2011: Nothing Happened - Julia Kots | USA

Riyad Wadia Award For Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker[edit]

  • 2015: Vaibhav Hatkar for Ek Maaya Ashi Hi (A Love Such As This)
  • 2014: Sharon Flynn for I'dentity
  • 2013: Manava Naik for Dopehri and Rohan Kanawade for Lonely Walls (Ektya Bhinti)
  • 2012: Pradipta Ray for The Night Is Young (Raat Baaki)
  • 2011: Shumona Banerjee for The Flower Bud (Kusum)

Special Jury Award[edit]

  • 2012: Rites of Passage - Jeff Roy | USA
  • 2011: I Am - Sonali Gulati | USA

Special Jury Mention[edit]

  • 2012: We The Outsiders... (Aamhi Ka Tisre...) - Ramesh Laxman More
  • 2010: Holding Hands - Tonnette Stanford and Katherine Wilkinson | Australia
  • 2010: Flying Inside My Body - Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas, Sumit Sharma and Ajeeta Chowhan | India
  • 2010: Speak Up! It is Not My Fault - Deepika Lal | India
  • 2010: Dirty Magazines - Jay Levy | USA
  • 2010: I Am Gay (Jag Ar Bog) - Nicolos Kolovos | Sweden

Best Performance in a Lead Role[edit]

  • 2015: Kristina Hernandez in film "Stealth" | USA
  • 2014: Kate Trotter in film "Tru Love" | Canada
  • 2013: Crystal Annette in film "Polaroid Girl" | USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mumbai’s gay pride comes to fore". 
  2. ^ "Celina Jaitley at re-launch of pro-gay mag Bombay Dost". Bollywood Reloaded. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ UN body slams India on rights of gays, The Times of India, 24 April 2008
  4. ^ "Fear and loathing in gay India". BBC News. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Why should homosexuality be a crime?, The Times of India, 18 September 2003
  6. ^ Added by Nicholas Snow View Events. "Kashish – Mumbai Queer Film Festival, 2010". NotesFromHollywood.com. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ "Kashish winners spread joy and glitter at Liberty". Asian Age. 
  10. ^ "Ravi Jadhav’s “Mitraa” winner at Kashish Mumbai Int’l Queer Fest 2014". www.dearcinema.com. 
  11. ^ "KASHISH Mumbai Intl. Queer Film Festival announces awards". www.dearcinema.com. 
  12. ^ "imdb news". www.dearcinema.com. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Kashish Awards and Jury 2010". Kashish-Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "India Blooms". www.indiablooms.com. 

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