The 6th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival held from 27May to 31 May concluded last week. Liberty Cinema, Alliance Française de Bombay and Max Mueller Bhavan celebrated cinema in style as the theme for this year’s festival was `Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’.
Acclaimed filmmaker Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares sponsored cash prizes for the three top competition categories at KASHISH – Rs 30,000 for the Best Narrative Feature Film, Rs 20,000 for the Best Indian Narrative Short film and Rs 20,000 for the Best Performance in a Lead Role. Wadia Movietone instituted a cash award of Rs 15,000 for the Riyad Wadia Award for the Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker. The other competition categories are Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short and Best International Narrative Short film.
The Indian Panorama comprised 20 films made in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi and Bengali. Four Indian feature length narrative and documentaries: Qissa by Anup Singh, Jayjaykar by Shantanu Rode, Known Strangers by Dipankar Dutta and Breaking Free by Sridhar Rangayan were the highlights of the festival.
Founded in 2010, KASHISH is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India is organized by Solaris Pictures. Co-organizer is The Humsafar Trust.