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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival


The film festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema to both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.


Pride parades in all metros, the historic Delhi High Court’s 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. 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.

The Festival

Kashish – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival to be held between April 22 and April 25, 2010 will be spread across two venues in Mumbai – one in the city and one in the suburbs. Features, short films, documentaries and experimental films will be screened, highlighting 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 as well as celebrate, reclaim, and explain LGBTQ identities while engaging and entertaining audiences. The film festival is an attempt to bring together the audience, the films and their makers.

Many recent as well as undiscovered Indian films and cutting edge contemporary international films from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA are being screened.
Eminent personalities from films, art, fashion, media and queer activists are part of the jury for its competitive sections, which will carry awards. Panel discussions about Indian queer culture and its portrayal, and a photo-exhibition will be a part of the film festival.


Kashish – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is being organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost.

About Solaris Pictures: Solaris Pictures is the only Indian film production company that has consistently been making films on queer themes. Its award-winning films like ‘Gulabi Aaina’, ‘Yours Emotionally’ and ‘68 Pages’, all dealing with gay and transgender stories, has pushed the boundaries in queer portrayals in Indian films. solarispictures

About Bombay Dost: Bombay Dost, India’s first registered LGBT magazine, is a standard bearer for the growing confidence and artistic alacrity displayed by India’s LGBT community. Bombay Dost also organizes free fortnightly film screenings known as ‘Sunday High’ as well as other events like book readings and community discussions. bombaydost

Principal Partners

Kashish – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is partly supported by UNAIDS, UNDP and Movies That Matter (an initiative of Amnesty International)


Kashish – Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010
Centre for Excellence & Research (CEFE)
Ground floor, Riviera, 15th Road,
Santacruz (W), Mumbai – 400 054, INDIA
Phone: +91. 22. 6576 0357

website: mumbaiqueerfest
blog: blogspot
twitter: kashish2010
Facebook: Kashish.MIQFF


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