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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

South Asia's biggest queer film festival.

The biggest and first mainstream LGBTQ film festival in India.

The 12th edition is to be held from May 20-30, 2021. 


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. 

Over the previous 11 editions, from 2010 to 2019, 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 from 110 films to 180 films that include shorts, documentaries, features - all centered around LGBTQ themes. 

KASHISH is now considered one of Mumbai's prominent cultural event and is the biggest LGBTQ film festival in South Asia. KASHISH was voted as one of the top 5 coolest LGBTQ film festivals in the world by a worldwide poll conducted by MovieMaker Magazine in 2013. 


KASHISH 2013 looks to crowd funding


Mumbai International Queer Film Fest hops on to social media to raise funds

After tasting success in 2012, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2013 – India’s biggest LGBT film fest –is once again turning to the social media phenomenon of crowd funding to raise finances. Aimed at keeping the festival free and accessible to audiences, organisers say crowd funding also gives audience a feeling of ownership.

``Crowd funding is not just a means to raise money, but also to connect to a diverse range of people and seek their engagement with the festival,’’ says Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director.

In 2012, when KASHISH took the help of social media to raise funds, it was the first time in India that such an attempt was made to crowd fund a film festival. ``Last year when we started the crowd funding, we were unsure if people would contribute money to support a film festival, but the response was tremendous. People not only in India but from across the world came forward to contribute. They were also very happy to receive the incentives we sent across, like DVDs and T-shirts,’’ adds Rangayan

Kashish has signed up with internet portal to provide a payment gateway for the crowd funding venture. The link to contribute is

``KASHISH is a not-for-profit LGBT initiative and only through corporate support and generous contribution from individuals, that we can make it an annual sustainable event. We are asking for a small support to continue bringing contemporary queer films from around the world for a big screen experience. And hope everyone contributes to this movement 'towards change',’’ says Rangayan

Crowd-funding is an emerging trend across the world where an individual or an organisation pitches an idea/ venture that requires funding and sources the funds by reaching out through social media. India has already been part of the trend – with funds being raised through crowd finding for a variety of causes from social initiatives to Bollywood films

KASHISH 2013 will be held from May 22-26 2013 at Cinemax Versova, Andheri West and from May 23-25, 2012 at Alliance Française de Bombay, Marine Lines. KASHISH is not only a festival that spotlights LGBTQ cinema, but has also become a landmark festival in Mumbai’s cultural event calendar.

The festival theme this year is `Towards Change’. The festival will make a special effort to program films and have panel discussions that not only deal with LGBT themes, but also those that relate to families and friends of LGBT people.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The festival is organized by Solaris Pictures. 

For further updates on the festival and to register, please visit:

KASHISH- Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

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