South Asian’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival- Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (Kashish MIQFF) is back with its 9th edition. The festival will kick-off on May 23 at the prestigious Liberty Cinema and will conclude on May 27. 140 films from 45 countries with India as ‘Country in Focus’ will be screened during this 5-day film festival; out of which 47 films shall compete for top awards with cash prized of Rs. 2.65 lakh
The topic during the current year is ‘Together With Pride’ and the celebration will commend pride and the infinite diversities of families, groups, sexual orientation and ethnicity. The jury board this year incorporates Jaya Bhatia, Sid Makkar, Tara Deshpande, Nargis Wadia, Malati Rao, Ramchandra P.N, Batul Mukhtiar, Jeroo Mull, Irene Dhar Malik and Harish Iyer.
What’s extraordinary: Centerpiece Films
Four worldwide movies including Noblemen, a narrative feature film, starring Bollywood director Kunal Kapoor will be screened amid the celebration. This Vandana Kataria directorial is an adaptation of the play ‘Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare which discusses the battles of a 15-year-old kid who is threatened by a group of spooks and occasions in his adolescent years which prompt death toll.“I’m very happy to know that our film has been selected to premiere at the KASHISH 2018. ‘Noblemen’ is a humble and honest attempt to highlight bullying and the effects it can cause on the society at large. I am sure our film will resonate with the audience,” says Kunal Kapoor.
“This year at KASHISH we are excited to be screening 6 Indian feature films, each one of them telling a different story, highlighting aspects of not only LGBTQ lives, but emotions of every human being. ‘Noblemen’ is one of those rare films that push the boundary, by being bold and gritty, yet remain sensitive and nuanced. You empathize with each of the characters and join them on a roller-coaster journey of happiness and anguish. We hope the audiences at KASHISH are not only entertained but carry back a strong message,” says festival director Sridhar Rangayan.
Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH MIQFF is the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. The festival is presented by KASHISH Arts Foundation and organized by Solaris Pictures.
Delegate Registration :
Delegate registration for KASHISH 2018 is available on BookMyShow. Check KASHISH 2018 on BookMyShow App or use the link here. Discounted registration for Senior Citizens and Transgender persons.
Besides the annual film festival, its other initiatives are KASHISH Forward – India’s first travelling campus LGBTQ film festival, KASHISH Global – that facilitates screening of Indian LGBTQ films across the world, Best of KASHISH film screenings and KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – a festival of LGBTQ films in regional languages.
After the smashing success of their first series named “All about Sec 377, ” Amit Khanna and team is back with the sequel of most awaited web series of the amazing show. For those who aren’t aware, all about section 377 is a web series which covers the journey of a straight guy named Suresh who’s lives with two gay guys (one of them being his brother) and is aimed at educating the masses on the struggles of the LGBT community in India.
The web series became a huge success after its release on youtube under the banner Creative Gypsy. It went on the receive numerous awards at various film festivals and is also featured in various must watch categories when it comes to Indian LGBTQ web content ( including Buzzfeed, economic times, Buzzfeed, Bookmyshow). Why are we telling you this? Well, we have a good news for you.
Gay Bombay has organized a special screening along with a meet and greets with the cast of the web series “All about section 377-Part 2”
But before that how about taking a look at the trailer?
Here are the details of the event
Venue – National College Bandra West
Date – Sunday 15th April
Time – 4 PM to 8 PM
Entry – Free and open to all LGBTQ friends and allies.
Please note it’s on first come first serve basis. Entry is free for all. Limited seats only.
For any event-related query, please message the GB Infoline on 9870504010.
It’s a GB (Gay Bombay) event “Creating Safe Spaces”.
You can follow them on @gbgaybombay on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
#FiveFilms4Freedom, the world’s widest-reaching LGBTQ+ digital campaign returns for the fourth edition from 21 March – 1 April 2018. British Council in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival are making five LGBTQ+ themed short films available for the world to watch online for free, over a 12-day period. Last year, the films were viewed 1.8 million times by people in 202 countries and principalities, including parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised, and in some cases, punishable by the death penalty.
British Council India in partnership with #Social and Gaysi Family is inviting people to come and watch these incredible films on the 26th of this month at Todi Mill Social, Mumbai.
Post the screening, Jerry Johnson will be moderating a Panel Discussion centred around the LGBTQ movement in the country. Our panellists are Sonal Giani, Raj Merchant and Parmesh Shahani.
The seventh edition of Monthly Sundowner LGBTQ++ business networking meetings by 6 Degrees is scheduled this Sunday. And this time you don’t just talk shop; you sing in style as well. Yes; you heard it right – it is Karaoke Sunday sundownerat an amazing new venue.
6 degrees is a growth network for Indian queer people & their allies to achieve personal, professional and community goals (equality, entertainment and excellence). 6 Degrees Monthly Business Networking Sundowners welcomes ALL including LGBTQ++ folks and allies who want to grow personally and professionally to contribute to the community.
Do carry Business and/or ID Cards RSVP to 9870213831
Venue – The Hood, Opposite Goregaon Sports Club, New Malad Link Road, Next to Swagat Park, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
Date- Sunday 25th March 2018
Time – 7:30 PM to 2 AM
Fees- Rs 300 inclusive of rounds of shots
6 Degrees is bringing sexy back into business so don’t miss the chance and be there!
Get to know more about them and show them some love on Facebook too.
The Humsafar Trust is proud to announce its annual show The Humsafar Trust Utsav 2018 which is scheduled for Saturday 24th March 2018.The Humsafar Trust continues to serve the LGBTQH communities across India.
This year marks their 24th-year since the time it started its operations in India. The annual show is a celebration of various people who work behind the scenes and comprise of over 200 staff members as well as many friends, allies, and supporters.
You all are invited to their 24th Annual celebration here are the details –
Entry – Free and open to the LGBTQ+ community and allies
About Humsafar Trust –
The Humsafar Trust is the oldest LGBTQ organization in India. It was founded by Ashok Row Kavi, a reputed journalist and activist at a time when there was no talk and no national level movement for LGBTQ human rights. It is one of the leading organizations covering the spectrum of sexual minorities in India.
HST is convener member of Integrated Network for Sexual Minorities (INFOSEM) the national level network of sexual minorities in India since 2003.HST has nurtured a youth LGBT group Yaariyan (Friendships) and Umang (Joy) for LBT persons, Kinnar Asmita that represent TG and Hijra community and Sanjeevani for MSM and TG living with HIV. HST has set up CONNECT, A National Online Resource Center that will connect LGBTQ communities worldwide.
Dr. Siddhartha Nandi, core Team Member, Queer India Support (Q. I. S.) in collaboration with Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, H. O. D. Radiational Oncology, Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital & Founder, Health Professionals For Queer Indians (H. P. Q. I.), are organizing the following sensitisation programme at Lokmanya Tilak Medical College & Lokmanya Tilak General Hospital, commonly known as Sion Hospital in Mumbai.
The session will start with a film about interviews with the LGBT community members and defining the direction of the workshop.This will be followed by an introduction to various LGBTHQIAP+ terminologies by Dr Prasad Dandekar. We shall also get to see a film about a clinic that helps transgender people in India and dive deep into the taboos associated with being a transgender in India with Sridevi Londhe.
By this time we shall be ready to see another film about the sex change, post which Dr Sanjay Pandey will take us through the basics of Gender Reassignment Surgery, Dr.Yashasree Poudwal will guide us on to how to approach LGBT+patients
Venue- 3rd Floor College Building Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Sion West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400022