The 12th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held ONLINE from May 20th to 30th 2021, with a possibility of one / two day ON GROUND event in Mumbai (we will be able to take a decision on this only by mid February).
At #KASHISH2021Virtual each online program will be made available for 48 hours (2 days) across the World. Submit if you are open to have your film screened online for 48 hours open to the world. KASHISH ensures total security for all the films screened online.
Considering the challenging situation all filmmakers must be going through, the festival has decided to Waive Off Submission Fees in ALL Categories. So Happy Submissions!!
The theme of KASHISH 2021 is #UnlockWithPride, representing the festival's mission to unlock geographical & racial barriers, and encourage love & acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals, and thereby unlock a new normal of hope for everyone.
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 LGBTQIA+ themes.
ABOUT KASHISH MIQFF
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Intersex, Asexual) film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater, and the first LGBTQIA+ film festival in India to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
KASHISH MIQFF, now considered South Asia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival and one of world’s top 5 coolest LGBTQIA+ film festival, has over the past 11 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 LGBTQIA+ 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.
KASHISH MIQFF has both Competitive and Non-Competitive categories.
KASHISH MIQFF awards around Rs.1,80,000 lacs (US$2500) in cash prizes – the largest total amount awarded by any LGBTQIA+ 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 Screenplay
- Best Student Short Film
The winners will be selected by a panel of eminent Jury. The decision of the Jury will be final and is indisputable.