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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 – Mumbai Queer Film Festival 2010 - Call for Entries


It is time for Mumbai to celebrate with its own queer film festival : Kashish – Mumbai Queer Film Festival to be held April 22nd – 25th, 2010.

The festival, organized by Solaris Pictures and Bombay Dost, intends to showcase and support films with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer themes, relevant to Indian and Indian Diaspora. It aims to provide filmmakers, artists, activists, media persons and audiences with a space to communicate, share diverse experiences and explore the multiple ways in which 'queer' is interpreted and expressed.

The festival will also include curated packages of international queer films as well as workshops, discussions and a photo exhibition.

We call upon artists and filmmakers, both in India and across the world, to submit shorts, features and documentaries that highlight / focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters, communities and expressions. We welcome films / videos of any length and in any language made after 2007. All films must be subtitled in English.

Selection will be made by an eminent jury of both film professionals and Indian queer community leaders. There are competitive sections with awards for Best Feature, Best Short and Best Documentary. Distribution deals for short films through Glimz, Sweden and Amazon, North America are also on offer, subject to conditions.



* Submissions should be on gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or transgender themes.

* Submissions should be provided in DVD in either PAL or NTSC format. We preview film entries only on DVD. Please do not send your master tape.  Preview DVDs cannot be returned and will form part of festival archives.

* Preview submissions must be labeled with film title, running time, director’s name and full contact information (email address, cell number, postal address)

* Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled.

* Please include supporting material, such as a brief synopsis and reviews, wherever possible.

Closing date for entries is January 10, 2010. Selected list of films will be announced by Feb 2010.

Entry forms would soon be available on the festival’s official website. In the meanwhile you may write to with a synopsis of our film and duration.


Sridhar Rangayan & Vivek Anand - Festival Directors


Comments (4)


Queer Film Festivals are opportunities for all people - to enrich their sensitivity to people of all sexual orientations and this...thru the medium of film - the impact is strong.

We NEED to take it further into our daily lives and affect the people with whom we live, work and play. Thanks to the organizers.

Thanks Ivan

Thanks John for your very encouraging words.

Sridhar Rangayan

festival Director



can I submit my film now?

needed and much awaited

This is fantastic... Mumbai definitely needs a queer festival...
I think the last one was about 7 years ago. Can't believe Mumbai with so many queers didn't have one till date! Cheers to Solaris and Bombay Dost for making this happen. Viva Kashish!


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