Founded in 2010, and held every year for the past six years, KASHISH attracts close to 8500 footfalls every year over its 5 days festival at two venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India.
The festival has also attracted topline Bollywood celebrities, filmmakers, critics and academicians from India as well as many international guests from across the world. It was voted as one of the ‘Top 5 coolest LGBT film festivals in the world’ by an audience poll conducted by MovieMaker magazine, USA. It receives more than 100 press features every year from Indian press as well as international press, including New York Times.
KASHISH believes that films and art are a powerful medium to bring about social change and the festival uses the reach and spread that KASHISH has already established, as one of Mumbai’s important film festival, to rally public opinion towards equality and dignity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. KASHISH uses local, national and international platforms to advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBT issues.
News & Articles:
05.30.2016 – Winners of the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2016
05.21.2016 – 15 films you cannot miss at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
05.21.2016 – KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – Schedule + Trailer 2016