KASHISH Forward – India’s first traveling campus LGBTQ film festival – is a series of film screenings and discussions that are held at campuses across India, aiming to reach out and create awareness about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) issues through the medium of cinema.

Their objective is to create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for LGBTQ students on campus who may be grappling with issues of coming out, in challenging environments due to a society that is still largely unaccepting of LGBTQ persons. This initiative also enables friends, peers, faculty members and campus advisors to have a greater awareness of LGBTQ lives in India and around the world so that a discussion around LGBTQ issues can be kick-started to create a queer friendly campus that is sensitive to issues of gender and sexual orientation.

KASHISH Forward Poster - Chitra Kala ParishathKASHISH Forward is a customized program of short films and discussion that focuses on youth related issues such as discrimination, homophobia, bullying, coming out, growing up, acceptance by family, etc. The films are chosen with sensitivity and care to keep in mind sensibilities of the youth and also faculty members. The program consists of both Indian and international short films that are cheerful, dramatic and thought-provoking so as to engage and entertain youth audiences.

KASHISH Forward – India’s first campus LGBTQ film festival is screening at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru Seven amazing films focussed on LGBTQ lives – from India, Brazil, USA, France, and Singapore.


Venue- Art History Department College of Fine Art Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Kumara Krupa Road, Bengaluru 560001

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Date- Saturday 16th Sept

Time –  11 AM to 4:00 PM

Entry – Open to all


KASHISH Mumbai Intentional Queer Film Festival started its journey in 2010 as the first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and to receive clearance from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Over the past 8 successful editions of the festival, it has emerged to be South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, an important event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar, and also voted as one of World’s Top 5 Coolest LGBT Film Festival. It attracts over 8500 footfalls and programs around 150-180 films from 35-45 countries every year.

You can see more of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival on the links below.

Festival Website, Facebook , Twitter, YouTube