KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater, and the first LGBTQ film festival in India to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.KASHISH MIQFF, now considered South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival and one of world’s top 5 coolest LGBTQ film festival, has over the past 8 editions become one of the biggest pride events in India.

Founded in 2010, the festival has grown from strength to strength, attracting close to 9000 footfalls over the 4 1/2 days of the festival at two/three venues. The festival, every year, has screened 110 – 180 films that include shorts, documentaries, features – all centered around LGBTQ themes. The festival also attracts topline Bollywood celebrities, prominent filmmakers and media personalities, and receives every year over 150 write-ups in mainstream press in India and globally.

Ninth edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from May 23 – 27, 2018 in Mumbai. It is organized by KASHISH Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit trust working towards mainstreaming queer issues through cinema and arts. This article is a call for submission of movies , short movies ,documentaries for the event. 

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2018 poster


The 9th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will celebrate pride and the infinite diversities of families, communities, gender, sex, ethnicity and body types. The fight for equal rights and societal acceptance is also a fight against discrimination of any sort, and equal rights can be only achieved when all of us – LGBTQI and Allies – come together with pride to celebrate being ourselves.

Note: This is only the overall festival theme and all films need not coincide with the theme. The festival programs a broad range of films with diverse LGBTQ themes.

Awards & Prizes – 

KASHISH MIQFF has both Competitive and Non-Competitive categories.

KASHISH MIQFF awards Rs.2,25,000 lacs (US$3465) in cash prizes – the largest total amount awarded by any LGBTQ film festival in Indian subcontinent.

The Competition Categories are:

  • Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Indian Narrative Short
  • Best International Narrative Short
  • Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker
  • Best Performance in a Lead Role
  • Best Student Short Film
  • QDrishti Film Grant to Indian filmmaker

The winners will be selected by a panel of eminent Jury. The decision of the Jury will be final and is indisputable.

To submit your film please click this link, https://filmfreeway.com/KASHISH2018. Submissions are accepted only through FilmFreeWay.