The sixth edition of the annual Kolkata Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Film Festival drew a huge crowd at the Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan here on Saturday.

The festival, an annual event in the city since 2007, is aimed at demystifying issues related to the LGBT community among the public.

The event is a joint initiative by the Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, Sappho for Equality (SFE) and Pratyay Gender Trust (PGT).

Both SFE and PGT have been working towards spreading awareness about the LGBT community.

Forty-three films, including full-length feature films, short films and documentaries, on the LGBT community from across the globe are being shown at the festival, which began on Friday.

“These films talk about sexuality and its impact on people’s lives, and about how different people have unique experiences of coping and surviving in societies that are often ruled by strict patriarchal ideas,” said SFE co-founder Minakshi Sanyal.

“We want people to come out into the open on issues of sexuality. Films are a strong medium that provide the right environment to discard any kind of misunderstandings related to sexual characteristics,” Ms. Sanyal said.“Eleven full-length features besides short-films and documentaries are being screened. Films from America, Germany, Thailand, Canada and Israel are also included in the festival,” she said. At the inaugural ceremony on Friday, Ayushman Mitra’s Guide Gufran , which revolves round sexuality and spirituality, was screened. “Some critically-acclaimed films like Eyes Wide Open , Water Lilies , Zucht und Ordnung , City of borders and La santa are also being shown,” she added.