Kashish queer film festival to be held online this year

It is the first major Indian film festival to go digital this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

June 11, 2020 01:06 am | Updated 01:06 am IST - Mumbai

After being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held online this year, making it the first major Indian film festival take place virtually.

Titled ‘Kashish 2020 Virtual’, the film festival will be held from July 22 to 30. The 11th edition of the festival was initially scheduled to be held from May 20 to 24 at three venues — Liberty Cinema, Metro Inox, and Alliance Française de Bombay — and was pushed to September.

While the line-up for Kashish will be revealed in coming weeks, the programme has been locked.

“We are committed to bring our LGBTQIA+ stories out there to the world, as a means of healing and empowerment,” Sridhar Rangayan, festival director of Kashish, said.

Billed as the biggest queer film festival in South Asia, Kashish is counted among the important events in Mumbai’s film festival calendar. Kashish 2020 Virtual plans to screen more than 100 films online, along with online panel discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, performances and opening and closing ceremonies. Most of the films in the programme will be available for viewing across the world, except a few titles, which may be geo-blocked for viewing only in India.

“I believe this is a great opportunity for the festival to use a technological platform and bring Indian queer content to international audiences, besides bringing international content to Indian audiences. For India, in a post-Section 377 world, it is equally important for us to discuss the future evolution of the Indian LGBTQIA+ movement,” said Pallav Patankar, director of marketing at Kashish.

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