The 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival has decided to go online this year as KASHISH 2020 Virtual from July 22nd to July 30th.

This year, KASHISH Film Festival will screen 157 films from 42 countries out of which 52 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.

“KASHISH celebrates its 11th year with a bounty of cash awards in 9 categories. We are thankful to several companies, organizations and individuals who have come forward to sponsor the awards. It is a great 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”, said Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director.

The films competing in the Narrative features category include Fireflies (India), Gossamer Folds (USA), Margin Of Error (Argentina), Music For Bleeding Hearts (Brazil) and Stray Dolls (USA). Films competing in the Best Documentary Feature category include Changing The Game (USA), Making Sweet Tea (USA), March For Dignity (Georgia, UK), One Taxi Ride (Mexico) And Surviving The Silence (USA)

The Unity in Diversity Documentary Feature and Short Awards encourage bringing to screen real-life stories. The festival also is collaborating with Lotus Visual to encourage creating new LGBTQIA+ content by Indian filmmakers by having an open call for the KASHISH QDrishti Film Grant that offers Rs.2,00,000 to an Indian filmmaker to make their next LGBTQIA+ narrative short film.

Catch KASHISH 2020 Virtual trailer here: 

 

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