Wednesday, April 22, 2015

KASHISH 2015 to feature 180 films from 44 countries Delegate Registrations Open for 6th edition of South Asia’s biggest LGBT film fest

KASHISH 2015 to feature 180 films from 44 countries
Delegate Registrations Open for 6th edition of South Asia’s biggest LGBT film fest

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival returns for its sixth edition this May - bigger and grander, with a lineup of around 180 films from 44 countries. South Asia's biggest and India's only mainstream LGBT film fest will be held between May 27-31, 2015 at three venues - the iconic art deco Liberty Cinema, Alliance Francaise de Bombay and the Max Muller Bhavan. Online delegate registrations have opened on the festival websitewww.mumbaiqueerfest.com. 20% Early Bird Discount is available till April 26th, 2015.  

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"We are indeed very happy to continue to organize our festival at Liberty as the main venue. Its grandeur and scale is befitting the ambitious scale of KASHISH this year,'' said festival director Sridhar Rangayan. “Considering the sheer number of entries we received and the diversity of experiences each of them offered, we decided to expand the framework of KASHISH. We have included one more venue to accommodate more films, so that the audience has more varied choice of films to pick and view. In terms of venues, films, allied events there is a lot the festival has to offer this year,'' added Rangayan.

There will be film screenings, book readings, panel discussions and performances, all of them highlighting the cultural diversity of its host city Mumbai. The theme for this year is `Reaching Out, Touching Hearts' reflects the urgent need for all of to reach across barriers and boundaries and reach out to everyone - parents, families, friends, colleagues and peers. KASHISH is not only a platform for showcasing quality cinema, but also a platform for creating awareness about human rights and equal rights, the organizers said.

“This year the influx of film submissions was so high, the preview panel had to work hard to pick the best. Our festival is slowly and steadily becoming a platform for filmmakers and audience to come together to share and experience quality LGBT cinema,'' said Saagar Gupta, Director of Programming.

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KASHISH organized by Solaris Pictures. Co-organizer is The Humsafar Trust.
“The Humsafar Trust has been a co-organizer of KASHISH MIQFF since its inception. As a Community Based Organization KASHISH MIQFF helps us connect with the lives of LGBT community in India and across the world through the medium of cinema. The panel discussions and dialogue are insightful to the gender, rights and sexuality discourse which is much needed in India,'' said Pallav Patankar, Director programs at The Humsafar Trust

KASHISH 2015
The 6th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from 27th to 31st 2015 at Liberty Cinema, May 28th to 30th 2015 at Alliance Française de Bombay and May 29th to 30th 2015 at Max Mueller Bhavan (screening only on 30th 2015).
Online Delegate registrations have opened on the festival website www.mumbaiqueerfest.com

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
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 theater.
Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at two venues. The festival this year will be held at Liberty Cinema, Alliance Française and Max Mueller Bhavan in South Mumbai. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India.

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