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Call for Film Submissions for KASHISH 2014

Film Submissions now open for 5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

5th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from May 21 - 25, 2014 (tentative dates).

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Over the previous 4 editions, from 2010 to 2013, the festival has grown from strength to strength, attracting close to 6500 footfalls over the 4 1/2 days of the festival at two venues. The festival, every year, usually screens around 120 - 130 films that include shorts, documentaries, features with LGBTQ themes.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is now considered one of Mumbai's prominent cultural event and is now seen as the biggest queer film festival in South Asia.

Please fill out the ONLINE FILM SUBMISSION FORM at
This form does not have the facility to be saved. You have to fill it in one session.

However you can download a sample KASHISH 2014 Film Submission Form as a pdf here:   
This is for your reference only. Only forms filled ONLINE will be accepted.

We look forward to previewing your film for possible programming at KASHISH 2014.



1. Filmmakers across the world can submit features, documentaries and short films that highlight / focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer themes and expressions.

2. There is NO SUBMISSION FEE to submit the film. Also the festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEE since it invests its limited resources in showcasing the films to the best possible extent.

3. All films SHOULD be subtitled in English. We prefer English language films too with subtitles or close-captioned for access by hearing impaired audience members.

4. Only films completed after January 1, 2011 can be submitted. Films 40 minutes or less will be considered in Short Film category.

5. The festival has both competitive and non-competitive sections. ONLY films completed after January 1, 2013 and NOT screened at any other festival in India before KASHISH 2014 may qualify for competition.

The competition categories are:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best International Narrative Short
Best Indian Narrative Short
Riyad Wadia award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker

Winners will be selected by a panel of eminent jury. Their decision will be final and is indisputable.

6. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: JANUARY 31, 2014 (postmarked)
But the festival encourages early submission, since previews begin mid November.

7. Film submissions may be made through:
a. Digital file mailed to via or any file share service

b. Online link on Vimeo or any website. Please enable download since the preview panel does not preview films online.

c. DVD / Flashdrive to be sent to :
Director of Programming
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
802, Bali Residency, Rathodi, Marve Road, Malad West, Mumbai 400095, INDIA
Please mark the envelopes: 'For Festival Purpose Only. No Commercial Value'

The festival holds no responsibility for submissions that are lost in transit or those not received on time.

No hand delivery or personal deliveries. DVD / Flashdrives are accepted only by courier or post.

8. Filmmaker/sender certifies that he or she holds the rights for submission of film/video to the festival.

9. Selected filmmakers will be notified by email by March 31, 2014

10. Only High Definition (HD) copy would be accepted for final exhibition. If selected, the filmmaker/producer has to provide a HD exhibition copy by mail / ftp share as a digital file, Data DVD or Flashdrive.

For any queries related to film submission, please write to Saagar Gupta, Director of Programming at


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Support KASHISH 2013 with a Contribution

You can support KASHISH 2013 in your own big or small way, within India or from anywhere in the world - 

Help us to continue bringing the best of Indian and international queer films for your viewing in a big-screen experience.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – India’s biggest LGBT film fest - is an annual event that showcases the best of queer cinema from around the world.

The dates and venues for KASHISH 2013 are :
CINEMAX VERSOVA - May 22nd (opening night by invite only), May 23, 24, 25, 26th 2013
ALLIANCE FRANCIASE DE BOMBAY - May 23, 24, 25th 2013

KASHISH is FREE and open to all and does not charge any registration fee from delegates to ensure that the festival is accessible to a diverse audience

Visit the Wishberry site to pay online by card or by cheque or by Ghar Pay option where they will collect the money from your doorstep.

We have some exciting incentives to show our gratitude to everyone who contributes.

The festival is a not-for-profit event. All the money collected is used to cover festival expenses like venue costs, printing and stationery, promotional materials, trophies and awards, stay for filmmakers, etc.

* Rs. 500
Listing as ‘Friends of KASHISH’ on website and catalog (if you wish to be anonymous, it will be perfectly ok)

* Rs. 1,500
Get a KASHISH 2013 T-shirt and all of the above

* Rs. 2,500
Get the exclusive KASHISH 2012 2-disc DVD set and all of the above.

* Rs. 5,000
Get One Pass to the Red Carpet Festival Opening Night and get all of the above.

* Rs. 10,000
Get Couple Pass to the Red Carpet Festival Opening Night and get all of the above.

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If you want to promote your Company ( Hotel, Café, Boutique, Spa, Gym), Organization, or your Brand to a new and exciting market, ADVERTISE in KASHISH 2013 FESTIVAL CATALOG, available both in print and online versions. 

Last date to receive bookings: MAY 1st 
Last date for Artworks: MAY 5th

Partner with KASHISH 2013

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival  pioneers as the biggest gay & lesbian film festival in India and South Asia. It is the only queer film fest to be held at a mainstream venue - one of Mumbai's top multiplexes; and was the first LGBT festival to receive clearance from India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH has today become one of the important annual events in Mumbai's  cultural calendar. The 4th edition of KASHISH will be held between May 22-26, 2013 at a city multiplex and Alliance Francaise de Bombay. The five day event at two venues - in South Mumbai and the Western Suburbs - attracts LGBT persons from India and abroad, their families and friends, the creme da la creme from the field of art, literature, theatre and Bollywood as well as mainstream  audiences. 

The theme for this year's festival is 'TOWARDS CHANGE'.

KASHISH is a not-for-profit event and funds collected are utilized to meet costs of organizing the event. The festival relies on companies, organizations and individuals who believe in KASHISH and in supporting LGBT initiatives.

Support KASHISH 2013 and help the festival continue its commitment to mainstream queer issues through cinema. As a partner you reach out to queer and mainstream audiences. 

KASHISH offers a range of opportunities to companies/ organisations for partnering with the festival - sponsor a day of the festival, sponsor a film/ films package, a panel discussion or an allied event. Different partnership levels are available with benefits that offer visibility across diverse platforms. We can customize benefits to suit your brand or your mission.

Write to to receive the Partnership Proposal docket.





Wendell Rodricks picks KASHISH 2013 poster contest winner

KASHISH 2013 Poster

KASHISH 2013 Poster Contest has a winner! India's top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks has picked the poster submitted by Mumbai-based graphic designer Prachi Patil-Kotkar as the winning design.

Wendell Rodricks
``The victory sign forming a star is graphic and unforgettable. It is also interesting that the clichéd rainbow flag colours have been totally ignored for an artistic backdrop. I loved it,'' said Wendell Rodricks while announcing the winner.

The contest to design the official poster for the upcoming 4th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival saw a record number of entries from professional and amateur designers as well as design school students from across India and several other countries too.

Prachi, who graduated from Sophia Polytechnic, and works as a senior visualiser, illustrator and animator, said participating in the contest was a great experience to remember. ``Receiving this wonderful award is such an amazing honour and I would like to thank the KASHISH team for giving me such a great opportunity,'' said Prachi.

Prachi Patil-Kotkar
Explaining the concept behind the poster, Prachi said that the backdrop was meant to reflect the ``colourful waves, which represent a churning of dreams in the ocean of life. The five ``victory signs'' reflect diversity - we may come from different places, have different languages, individualities, dreams and desires, but when we come together, we change and become a thing of beauty like the star''

The winner of the poster contest will receive a KASHISH trophy and a gift hamper. The winning design will also be featured on catalogue cover, print and online advertisements, banners, cinema slides and delegate cards.

Festival director Sridhar Rangayan said: "The theme of KASHISH 2013 is reflected very aptly in the design of the poster. The design is vibrant and energetic, and has a thrust forward, which KASHISH promises this year with its theme ' Towards Change'. This year, the audience can expect a range of films that push cinematic boundaries and daringly question set notions of queer sub culture.''

KASHISH 2013, the fourth edition of the India’s biggest and only mainstream queer film festival, will be held between May 22-26, 2013 in Mumbai at a multiplex and Alliance Française de Bombay. 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

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