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Contents Festival Vision Festival Background KASHISH Initiatives Festival Director’s Welcome Note Message from Co-organizer Message from Festival Patron and Festival Ambassador Advisory Board Festival Jury Films in Competition KASHISH International Poster Contest KASHISH Awards QDrishti Film Grant Country Focus – Brazil Chief Guest - KASHISH 2016 Opening Liberty – May 25 – Opening Night Film Liberty – May 26 Liberty – May 27 Liberty – May 28 Liberty – May 29 Alliance Française – May 26 Alliance Française – May 27 Alliance Française – May 28 Max Mueller Bhavan – May 26 Max Mueller Bhavan – May 27 Max Mueller Bhavan – May 28 Festival Team Festival Partners and Associates Friends of KASHISH List of Films Festival Schedule


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Festival Vision KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is an attempt to encourage greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema among both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions. KASHISH means ‘attraction or allurement’ in Urdu. It is used to denote a deep attraction for anything – be it a person, an object or an idea. The festival logo of butterflies in rainbow colours symbolize the spirit of queer persons breaking out of the cocoon of social mores and flying free. Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH has emerged as South Asia’s and India’s biggest LGBT film festival. We are committed to bring the best of international and Indian queer cinema to Mumbai and continue mainstreaming of queer issues and their lives.

Festival Background Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festivals in the world, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film Festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. Founded in 2010 and held every year for the past six years the festival has grown from strength to strength. KASHISH attracts close to 7500 footfalls every year over its five day festival duration at three venues. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with the approval of the Information & Broadcasting ministry, Government of India. The festival also attracts topline Bollywood celebrities, filmmakers, critics and academicians from India as well as many international guests from across the world. It receives more than hundred press features every year from the Indian press as well as international press, including the New York Times. KASHISH believes that art and films are powerful mediums 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 festivals to rally public opinion towards equality and dignity for gay lesbian bisexual and transgender people. KASHISH uses local, national and international platforms to advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBT issues.


KASHISH Initiatives To keep the mainstream engaged in the conversation around LGBTQ issues through the year, KASHISH has various initiatives which uses the medium of films. KASHISH Forward India’s first travelling campus queer film festival – is a series of one-day festivals that travels to campuses across India, aiming to reach out and create awareness about issues of the LGBT community. The objective is to create an atmosphere of acceptance for queer students who would be grappling with issues of coming out in sometimes hostile environments. The festival also reaches out to straight allies and faculty. With a grant from Movies That Matter, since June 2015 KASHISH Forward has completed successfully till date 10 screenings in 8 Indian cities – Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Kharagpur, Chandigarh, Ahmadabad, Sonepat, at school, colleges and universities. KASHISH Rendezvous Considering the need for conversations around LGBT, KASHISH Rendezvous is a one-and-a-half hour customized programme of films and discussions for Corporates. The films and discussions will be a window into the broad spectrum of the lives of LGBT colleagues. Besides sensitizing the audience to the issues of LGBT persons, it will show that their lives are no different from their own. Best of KASHISH Best of KASHISH film screenings are organized across India at film festivals, events and as part of Pride celebrations in various cities. Short films and documentaries that have won awards or were audience favourites in the previous edition, are programmed at these events to offer a glimpse of the Best of KASHISH. KASHISH Global With a view to provide a platform for Indian filmmakers who make films on queer themes, KASHISH facilitates screenings of Indian LGBTQ films at various festivals, universities and cities across the world. KASHISH has developed close collaboration with more than 35 international film festivals around the world. To organize a screening at your college, office, city or event, write to us at


Welcome Note

Sridhar Rangayan Festival Founder and Director It is really heartening see how KASHISH has grown and spread over the past six years since it started in 2010. It is not about bigger and better, but about the number of lives it touches, both at the festival and throughout the year. While the five days of the festival is the cornerstone of what KASHISH does, we are heartened by the success of our other initiatives – KASHISH Forward, the traveling campus film festival, KASHISH Rendezvous screening for corporates and Best of KASHISH, in partnership with community based organizations and pride events – have all had several successful outings last year. We have also managed to facilitate programming of Indian LGBTQ films at numerous international film festivals all over the world. This year KASHISH 2016 promises to be rich and diverse – both in program content and the numerous aspects related to LGBTQ lives it sheds light on. With 182 films from 53 countries to choose from, surely many of the films will reach out and touch hearts. It will stimulate ideas and challenge set notions. From a mere film festival, KASHISH has grown to become a powerful movement to champion for equality and dignity for everyone using the medium of art, literature and cinema. I welcome you all to be a part of this movement, in your own way. I welcome you to KASHISH 2016. We are indeed excited that KASHISH has grown not only as a festival but as a family. Many filmmakers love to keep returning with their new films to KASHISH. This year we have 28 returning filmmakers from around the world.


Message from Co-Organizer “KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first effort to claim spaces within the mainstream film exhibition sector and open the doors for the general public to become part of the LGBTQ spectrum. Ashok Row Kavi

Chairperson, The Humsafar Trust

KASHISH scours the international film scene for well made films which talk and explain the pain and passion of being LGBTQ in a hostile and sometimes even welcoming environment. The festival has now grown into a wellestablished annual event that the sexual minorities look forward to. It is growing and going from strength to strength. One hopes it is a catalyst which will not only raise the visibility of LGBTQ in India but also make the mainstream society more understanding of our issues.”

Solaris Pictures | Organizer Solaris Pictures is an Indian media house that believes in ‘Advotainment’ – advocacy with entertainment. As a film production company it has consistently been making films on issues such as LGBT rights; films that engage the audience and initiate dialogues on issues dealing with health and sexuality, human rights, and the LGBT community. Solaris Pictures believes in pushing the envelope – both as producer and as distributor, and in partnering with grassroots NGOs and CBOs in India, and international collaborators from around the world.

The Humsafar Trust | Co-0rganizer The Humsafar Trust (HST), started in 1994, is a community based organisation of self-identified Gay men, Transgender, Hijras and LBT persons. The organization works on issues of sexuality, gender, health and human rights through four thematic ideas: health, advocacy, research and capacity building of sexual minority groups. HST actively promotes LGBT rights and health through Bombay Dost, India’s first registered LGBT magazine; Yaariyan, a youth initiative to nurture young queer talent, Umang, a support group for Lesbian, Bisexual women and Female to male Transgender individuals and Sanjeevani – a support group for the PLHIV. HST encourages stakeholder and community involvement through its volunteer program called “Saathiya”.


Festival Patron I support KASHISH as it helps to extend understanding of people in the broadest possible way and deepen the sense of humanity by including people of alternate sexuality.

Shyam Benegal Shyam Benegal is a prolific Indian director and screenwriter who has been awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005.

Festival Ambassador It is very important to remind people of the larger struggle in which we are engaged. My work to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people in India and around the world goes back a decade. It has been a liberating experience and without doubt made me a better person. It has been an honour to be a part of KASHISH since its humble beginnings few years ago. Unfortunately there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about the LGBT community in India and across South Asia. The biggest block to acceptance and progress is lack of awareness. People are reluctant to talk about sexuality and gender identity and to educate themselves. Cinema, like literature, is the reflection of society and not only does it influence the society but has great impact on successive generations. Hence KASHISH has and will always be an amazing platform for raising awareness and mobilizing people to stand up for the rights of their LGBT brothers and sisters. I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of this glorious film festival’s journey.

Celina Jaitly Indian actress, United Nations Equality Champion, brand ambassador, recording artist, humanitarian, activist and writer


Advisory Board A critically acclaimed award-winning filmmaker, Arunaraje passed out of the Film Institute of India with a gold medal in 1969 and was the first trained woman technician to join the industry. Some of her features are Shaque, Gehrayee, Situm, Rihaee, Bhairavi, Keh Do Na and Tum. Arunaraje Patil

Dolly Thakore

Jenni Olson

Meghna Ghai Puri


Apart from teaching, she has been a part of decision-making bodies in many film schools. She has served on many juries including the National Film Awards and has been a strong voice for documentaries. She has won five National awards for her documentaries - Mallika Sarabhai, A New Paradigm and Behind the Glass Wall. She has been a Landmark Forum Leader and has led transformational programs as a life coach.

Dolly Thakore has worn many hats – starting her career on Radio, she became known as a news reader on Bombay Doordarshan! And simultaneously, a writer of many personal columns, and reviewer of English and Hindi Films and Theatre. Her two passions have remained the stage and social work. She has been part of the ensemble of actors of the hugely successful Vagina Monologues. And between all this, she juggles her time with NGOS. Among others, currently she is the national co ordinator for Laadli Girl Child Campaign media award.

A queer media historian, activist, author, festival programmer and online pioneer Jenni is one of the world’s leading experts on LGBT film history. Most notably, she served as consulting producer on the Sundance and SXSW hit, By Hook or By Crook as well as co-producing Guinevere Turner’s most recent short drama, Late. Her associate producer credits include the 1996 British Channel 4 documentary, Jodie: An Icon (an exploration of Jodie Foster as an icon for lesbians) and the IFC documentary, Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema. She is currently VP of e-commerce and marketing at Wolfe Video and sits on the advisory boards of Outfest’s Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation, and Canyon Cinema.

Meghna Ghai Puri is the President of Whistling Woods International. Promoted by filmmaker SubhashGhai, Mukta Arts Limited & Filmcity Mumbai, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute. She holds an advanced diploma in Communications, Advertising and Marketing and a BSc Honours degree in Business Management from Kings College, London. Earlier in her career she managed marketing and Business Development for Mukta Arts Ltd and was associated with films like Pardes, Taal, and Yaadein.

Nandini Sardesai

Roy Wadia

Shernaz Patel

Nandini Sardesai, former head of the sociology department at St Xavier’s college, Mumbai, has been involved in social causes. In 2003, she led a successful campaign for gender equality at the Bombay Gymkhana. She has a doctorate in research with focus on Sociology of Sports. She is a part of the Maharashtra Women’s Commission and is a member of the Censor Board of Film Certification. She is also a member of the review committee for film selection, for IFFI, Goa.

Roy Wadia is the Principal Director of Wadia Movietone, the pioneering Indian film studio founded by his grandfather JBH Wadia and brother of the late filmmaker and gay activist Riyad Wadia. Currently organizing the Wadia Movietone archives, Roy also works as a media, communications and NGO management consultant, with a focus on public health including HIV/ AIDS, and with assignments for United Nations agencies including WHO and UNAIDS. Roy worked at CNN for 12 years, helping launch and produce much of the global broadcaster’s Asia-Pacific news programming. In 2003, Roy switched careers by joining the World Health Organisation’s China office as its communications and advocacy officer, working on campaigns ranging from HIV to environmental health. Roy shuttles between Bombay and Vancouver, Canada, where he has a home with his husband Alan. Shernaz Patel has been a part of the English theatre in India for the past 25 years. Starting with The Diary Of Anne Frank in 1984, she went on to play leading roles in milestone plays. Her recent theatre work includes One On One, Blackbird (META Award for Best Actress, 2010), Molly Sweeney, Breathe In Breathe Out and Class of ‘84. She is also a partner in one of India’s leading theatre companies Rage and has been instrumental in running their successful new playwriting programme, Writers’ Bloc. Aside from theatre she has also been successfully acting in Indian cinema. She holds a Masters degree in Acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


Festival Jury RAJESHWARI SACHDEV is an Indian actor who has worked extensively in television, films and theatre. She has won the National Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Sardari Begum. Some of her other noteworthy performances include Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha and Shyam Benegal’s Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, Samar and Welcome RAJESHWARI to Sajjanpur. Her latest play Gauhar, which is based on singer Gauhar Jaan SACHDEV and was directed by Lilette Dubey garnered a lot of accolades. She is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and singer, with a number of music labels to her credit.


MANAV GOHIL is a popular actor from the Indian television industry. He has been in the industry for almost 15 years and some of his well-known works are Kahaani Ghar Gharki, Kasutii Zindagii Kay, Kusum, Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi and Yam Hain Hum. He co-hosted the TV show Fame Gurkul with Mandira Bedi and has been a part of the dance reality show Nach Baliye 2. He is the main lead in Niranjan Thade’s Gujarati film Saptapadi, alongside Swaroop Sampat. His latest film, Ame Chhiye is under post-production.

PARVATI BALGOPALAN is an Indian film director who has worked extensively in the field of television, corporate films, documentaries and feature films. She has assisted eminent filmmaker Ketan Mehta through films like Maya Memsaab (1993) and Oh Darling Yeh Hai India (1995). Some of her noteworthy TV series include Margarita, Just Pooja, Hubahu and Ghost Bana PARVATI Dost. Her directorial ventures include Rules - Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula BALGOPALAN (2003) starring Milind Soman, Tanuja and Meera Vasudevan and Straight- Ek tedimedi Love Story (2009) with Vinay Pathak in the lead. Both these films have realistic, well-defined queer characters and has been treated with extreme sensitivity.

DR. KAIZAAD KOTWAL is an Emmy Award-winning art director from USA. He is a multifaceted artiste who has also taught theatre, film and media studies in USA for over 20 years and the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards. He is an actor, director, producer and designer with over 160 productions to his credit, all across the world. Kaizaad is a part of a DR. KAIZAAD number of feature films like Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar winning Traffic (2000), KOTWAL Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar (2013). His short film Below the Belt won the award for Best Experimental Film at the Oregon Film Festival. He has also received the Karmaveer Chakra Award in Delhi for his work in areas of social justice and trying to combat and end violence against women and girls.



ANDREA KUHN started her career as an academic and researcher in film studies. From 2000 to 2010 she was the director of the silent film festival Stumm Film MusikTage Erlangen and since 2007 she has been the full-time director of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival. In 2008 she acted as the chair of the Human Rights Film Network, an association that currently consists of 42 human rights film festivals from around the world. She is currently the chair of the Association of Bavarian Film Festivals; a member of the European Film Academy; and on the board of directors of Dox Box e.V., an association that emerged out of the DOX BOX International Film Festival in Syria and supports emerging and established documentary filmmakers in the Arab World. Ms.Kuhn also serves on the board of trustees of the Academic Center for Sciences and Culture at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts and on the board of trustees of Nobel Peace Prize laureate medico international’s foundation. Additional Jury for Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker


Hailing from the Wadia Movietone family, and brother of the late filmmaker and gay activist Riyad Wadia, Roy worked at CNN for 12 years, helping launch and produce much of the global broadcaster’s Asia-Pacific news programming. In 2003, Roy switched careers by joining the World Health Organization’s China office as its communications and advocacy officer, working on campaigns ranging from HIV to environmental health. Returning to India, Roy worked as the Executive Director of Heroes Project, the HIV communications and advocacy NGO that was part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan programme. Currently he is the Regional Media and Communications Adviser at UNFPA Asia and the Pacific, and also serves on the board of several international organizations.



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Films For Riyad Wadia Award 1. ANY OTHER DAY 2. MANAM 3. THAT'S MY BOY 4. THE THRESHOLD (Daaravtha) 5. WALKING THE WALK

KASHISH International Poster Contest Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s top fashion designers has picked the poster submitted by Mumbai-based designer Ajoy Das as the winner of the KASHISH 2016 International Poster Contest. Contestants were asked to creatively interpret the theme of the festival this year: Seven Shades of Love. The contest this year received numerous entries from all across the world. It was a keenly contested fight and one that was truly international.

Wendell Rodricks

“This year’s KASHISH poster design winner is a representation of the state of mind of the KASHISH Queer Film Festival 2016. Not only is the message calm & clear that we have arrived, but the thought process behind the film reel representation and the seven shades of love encircling us all, makes a compelling statement. The most poignant part of the design is the message that everyone is free to love who they wish to love. I wish the winner of the KASHISH Poster 2016, and the festival well deserved success in a year that may change LGBT rights for Indians in a path breaking way.”

“It was a personal challenge to design a film festival poster for a very special community. It means a lot to win this prestigious award since the competition is of international level. It gives me great personal satisfaction to contribute to the cause of LGBT community.” Ajoy Das

The winner of the contest receives a cash prize of ₹20,000 instituted by Wendell Rodricks and a gift hamper. The winning design is the look of KASHISH 2016 and is featured on billboards, banners, Cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and catalog cover.


KASHISH Awards Festival's eminent jury panel will choose the winners at the 7th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2016. Best Narrative Feature The highest award at KASHISH is given to the best narrative feature. This category includes Indian and International narrative features completed after January 1, 2015 and having their Mumbai Premiere at KASHISH. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper and cash award of ₹30,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares. Best Documentary Feature The best documentary feature award category includes Indian and International documentaries completed after January 1, 2015 and having their Mumbai Premiere at KASHISH. It carries a trophy and a gift hamper. Best Documentary Short The best documentary short award category includes Indian and International documentary films which are under 50 minutes, completed after January 1, 2015 and having their Mumbai Premier at KASHISH. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper and a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips. Best International Narrative Short International narrative short films completed after January 1, 2015 and having their Mumbai Premier at KASHISH compete for this award. It carries a trophy and a gift hamper. Best Indian Narrative Short Indian narrative short films completed after January 1, 2015 and having their Mumbai Premier at KASHISH compete for this award. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper, a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips and cash award of ₹20,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares. Best Performance in a Lead Role Best performance by an actor – male, female or Trans* – in any of the features or shorts that are part of the competitive categories above. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper and cash award of ₹20,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares. Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker Instituted in memory of late filmmaker Riyad Wadia, who made India’s first gay film BOMgAY. Indian narrative and documentary short films that are the filmmaker’s first or second film made in 2015/2016 compete for this award which carries a trophy, a gift hamper, a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips and ₹15,000 cash award sponsored by Wadia Movietone.


QDrishti Film Grant

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QDirshti Film Grant, being launched at KASHISH 2016, is an artist grant to support an independent filmmaker based in India to make his/her next LGBTQ-themed film. This is in continuation of KASHISH’s commitment to nurture independent filmmakers who are making films on LGBTQ subjects under challenging circumstances. KASHISH is proud to announce a Rs.1,00,000 (Rs.One Lakh) film grant to an Indian filmmaker to make his/her next LGBTQ-themed film which will be mentored by KASHISH Advisory Board members. This grant is sponsored by Lotus Visual. Indian films that are between 10 – 50 mins in duration and have an aesthetic vision are eligible for nomination and the winner will be chosen by KASHISH 2016 jury panel who will consider not only merit of the film, but also the vision of the filmmaker. Six films that have been nominated for the QDrishti Film Grant are:

ALL ABOUT LOVE 2016 | 15 min | India | Documentary Short Living amid the chaos of acceptance and denial by the society, often wrong choices are made without even making an effort to know the unknown. The film tries to create a discussion about the basics of same-sex relationships in India 2016. Director: Tejashri Joshi Born in Dhule, Maharashtra and brought up in a small town of Bhusawal (Dist. Jalgaon), Tejashri got into films and theater after shifting to Pune in 2005. Passionate about photography, she undertook professional training in photography from Fergusson College (2010), Pune and later completed her Masters in Communication Studies from University of Pune (2012). ‘All About Love’ was made under a Media Fellowship that Tejashri received from The Humsafar Trust Mumbai under the Project DIVA.

PROJECT INDIAN BRIDE 2015 | 38 min | India | Short Film ‘Project Indian Bride’ is the story of a photographer who wants to do a do a photo-shoot with a transgender and present her as a bride. But his business partner and pregnant wife has issues which cause hurdles in the project. Director: Mujeer Pasha Mujeer Pasha, a story teller in his pupal stage, has been making films for the past three years in real and for several years in his head. His earlier films have played at KASHISH 2012 and other festivals.


ANY OTHER DAY 2015 | 12 min | India | Short Film It’s just another day in Kabir and Arnav’s life. But in the name of safety, two police officers take it upon themselves to create a spectacle of the young men’s private and intimate relationship. Director: Vikrant Dhote Vikrant Dhote is a performer, writer and director based in Bombay. He has studied at the London International School of Performing Arts. He has staged several performances around queer issues. This is his first film. Director: Srikant A. Born in 1987, Srikant Ananthakrishnan holds a post-graduate diploma in Film Direction from the University of Mumbai. He has been working in the industry for five and a half years making corporate films. This is his first film.

NORMALCY 2015 | 16 min | India | Short Documentary This film is about a normal life of a transgender person as a home maker, wife and student.

Director: V.Ramnathan After 15 years of work experience in the field of finance, an inner creative urge pushed him to pursue a course in film making – a Diploma in film direction from L V Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai. His film Naanum Oru Penn was selected and screened in the Panorama of IFFI, Goa 2009, I Have Seen Films Festival 2010, Milan, Italy, Short Film and documentary film festival 2010, Kerala, Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2010 and also at KASHISH 2010


THE THRESHOLD (Daaravtha) 2015 | 30 min | India | Short Film An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos. Director: Nishant Roy Bombarde An engineer by degree, Nishant Roy Bombarde later acquired a Masters in Mass Communication from Symbiosis, Pune specialising in Audio-Visual Communication. He has worked as Executive Producer on successful shows like Fear Files & Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, and on well known Marathi films like Killa, Fandry, and Elizabeth Ekadashi. Besides the professional front, he lives his passion for theatre through Dushyantapriya, a queer adaptation of Kalidasa’s Shakuntalam, where he plays the dual role of Chetan & Priyamvada. The film Daarvatha won the National Award for Best Debut (short film) at the 63rd National Film Awards held on May 3rd 2016.

WALKING THE WALK 2015 | 33 min | India | Short Documentary Walking the Walk follows the participants of Hyderabad’s queer pride march in February 2015. The walk draws inspiration from the most recently successful social movement which led to formation of a brand new state in India, Telangana. With its unique culture and traditions, Telangana becomes the back drop of the queer pride walk. Director: Moses Tulasi Hailing from the state of Telangana, Moses had always been keen on films with social relevance. While living in the US, Moses had served on the board of Trikone-Chicago for six years, a support group for LGBT individuals of South Asian heritage and allies. In the winter of 2014, Moses took a sabbatical and traveled to India, tracing his roots back, in search of a socially relevant subject for his first film. Moses was inspired to give a platform to socio-politically charged queer rights movement in the city of Hyderabad. This is how the film Walking the Walk was made. The film has played at New York Indian Film Festival 2016, Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2016, Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2015, Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2015, Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival 2015, Chennai International Queer Film Festival 2015, Chennai Rainbow Film Festival 2015


Country Focus : Brazil

Reaching for the Moon

KASHISH this year turns the spotlight on Brazil – the land of soccer, samba and of course this year’s Olympics host country. Brazil has one of the most productive film industries in Latin America and a new wave of LGBT cinema from the country has shown that filmmakers from the region are keen to address the diversity of sexuality in their works. Last year, Brazil nominated an LGBT film The Way He Looks (it was the closing film at KASHISH 2015) for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.   Eleven cutting edge LGBT films from Brazil form part of ‘Country in Focus’ at KASHISH 2016.  It showcases several real life stories of LGBT icons in Brazil as well as films that celebrate the spirit of diversity of this uniquely multi-racial country.   “It is a great honour and pleasure to know that Brazil has become the country focus of the KASHISH Festival in Mumbai,” says Hugo Lorenzetti,Secretary - Cultural Section and Press, Embassy of Brazil in New Delhi. “It is also very meaningful politically. Two emerging democracies, each with their different challenges to the full enjoyment of civil and human rights by the LGBTIQ community are coming together in a very meaningful way. LGBTIQ oriented film festivals create safe and fun environments where we can gather to make new friends and talk about our common issues and communicate to the outside world our very existence, claiming visibility and dignity to ourselves as individuals and to our community. Therefore, it is very beautiful to see my beloved homeland getting close with such an amazing place as India is to do this most necessary thing in our days: to be together in a very political way and discuss our paths on LGBTIQ rights,” adds Lorenzetti.   The films in this package include Bruno Barret’s Reaching for the Moon – a chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and a Brazilian architect, the comedy drama Boys in Brazil directed by Alexandre Carvalho, and Two Girls Descending the Stairs directed by Fabiano de Souza, an edgy romantic drama about two girls trying to build a life together. The other films that will be screened are Here Comes The Brides – Same Sex Marriage in Brazil a documentary that traces the history of same sex marriage in the country and My Name is Jacque – the life story of Jacqueline Rocha Cortes, a Brazilian transsexual woman who has been living with AIDS for 21 out of her 55 years of life. Six path breaking short films that throw light on LGBT lives will also be screened.


Chief Guest KASHISH 2016 Opening Sir Ian McKellen

On my first visit to Mumbai, I am very pleased to attend the opening night of the KASHISH 2016 Festival. For too many years, gay characters appeared in films only as comic relief, as often as not meeting a sticky end, as if that’s all they deserved. Increasingly, in India too, the film industry has matured, treating gay people with the same seriousness as straight characters. I look forward at KASHISH to discovering more about Bollywood’s film-makers who reject fantasy for the truth about gay people,

Sir Ian McKellen is an English actor, who has taken many Shakespearean roles, is globally known for his parts in blockbuster Hollywood movies - Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men movies. He has won six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics’ Choice Awards. He has also received two Academy Award nominations. In 2014, he was named as the top grossing star at the international box office. Sir Ian McKellen is visiting India as part of ‘Shakespeare Lives on Film’, on the occasion of the Bard’s 400th death anniversary. The visit is organised by British Council and GREAT Britain Campaign.  Sir Ian McKellen inaugurated the 7th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival on May 25, 2016 at Liberty Cinema.


Liberty Cinema May 25-29, 2016

May 25


9.30 pm

Opening Film

CAROL Director: Todd Haynes 2015 | 118 min | English | UK, USA | Narrative Feature Carol follows two women from strikingly different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Therese Belivet, is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal romance novel The Price of Salt. Festivals & Honours: Best Actress Award (Rooney Mara), Cannes Film Festival, 2015 Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival,2015 Gold Q Hugo Award (Best Feature), Chicago International Film Festival Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, The New York Film Critics Circle Awards Audience Choice Award, Whistler Film Festival Best Music Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Carol was nominated in six categories at the 88th Academy Awards (Oscars), in five categories at the Golden Globes and in nine categories at the BAFTA Awards.


Todd Haynes is an American independent film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement of filmmaking that emerged in the early 1990s. Haynes’ feature directorial debut, Poison (1991) won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and is regarded as a seminal work of New Queer Cinema. His other works are Velvet Goldmine (1998), Far from Heaven (2002) and I’m Not There (2007). Carol is his sixth feature film and the first film not written by him.

9.30 am


Changing Reflections

May 26

(Short Film Package)

Films are said to be the reflection of the society. These two films - one fictional and other a documentary, have surely gone ahead in projecting the positive reflection of acceptance and dignity for transgender community in our society.

NORMALCY Director: V. Ramanathan 2015 | 16 min| Tamil with EST | USA | Documentary Short WORLD PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION This film is about a normal life of a transgender person as a home-maker wife and student.

PROJECT INDIAN BRIDE Director: Mujeer Pasha 2015 | 38 min | English, Urdu with EST | India | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION ‘Project Indian Bride’ is the story of a photographer who wants to do a photo-shoot with a transgender and present her as a bride. But his business partner and pregnant wife has issues which cause hurdles in the project.


May 26


10.45 am


Director: Meera Darji 2015 | 30 min | Gujarati with EST | India, UK | Documentary Short ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION TRANSINDIA is a moving documentary exploring the Transgender community, also known as Hijras, in Ahmedabad, India. From being criminalised in 1871 to being marginalised in the current society, Transindia takes you on a journey of their true lifestyles.

ANJALI: HOW LONG CAN SOMEONE LIVE IN OTHER’S SKIN Director: Mohan Rai 2015 | 35 min | Nepali with EST | Nepal | Documentary Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION The documentary explores the upbringing of transgender model Anjali, in a small village in the hilly district of Nuwakot, a district neighbouring capital city Kathmandu, the discrimination she faced, her struggle after coming to Kathmandu and also about her dreams and hopes about the future.


12.30 pm Liberty

May 26

Between Hellos & Goodbyes

(Short Film Package)

Between Hellos and Goodbyes lies a complicated terrain of happiness, anxiety, laughter and tears.... but that’s what love and longing is all about. Seven films from different countries explore this terrain, and our hearts beat as one with the love-lorn characters.

Director: Niels Bourgonje 2016 | 12 min | Dutch with EST | The Netherlands | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION


A young man agrees to support his ex-lover during an HIV test. What starts out as an awkward conversation, soon becomes something tender.

LEFT TO THEIR SENSES Director: Cecilia Guichart 2015 | 17 min | French with EST | Luxembourg, Belgium | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Alma and Sam live together, yet each remain in their own universe. Full of passion, they bridge the differences in their daily life, a balance still jeopardized by their fears.

MX. PINK Director: Marga Congreso 2015 |14 min | English, French, Spanish with EST | France | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION A story of two individuals from near extreme ends of the gender spectrum, who meet in a tobacco shop where an unexpected romance unfolds.



(La CigaleEt La Fourmi)

Director: Julia Ritschel 2015 | 15 min | French, German with EST | Germany | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Right before graduation, Lena is interested in only one thing: French. However, she doesn’t actually care for the language itself, her enthusiasm really lies in her teacher Katharina.


(De Vuelta) Director: Gabriel Dorado 2015 |13 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Alex goes back after a while to his village with Jordi to celebrate San Juan’s night. However, they have to face problems from the past.

BLIND DATE Director: Adrienne Lovette 2015 | 8 min | English | USA | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Two romantics spend an unexpected evening together in New York City, and find a new meaning to the term “blind date”.


SAN CRISTÓBAL Director: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo 2015 | 29 min | Spanish with EST | Chile | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Lucas is visiting his sister on a remote island in southern Chile before moving abroad. An unlikely romance grows when he meets Antonio, a struggling young fisherman.


May 26

Liberty 2.30 pm


Director: Cristopher Carballo Lerma 2015 | 16 min | | Mexico | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Alex feels attracted to Samuel, and even though his best friend warns him that he has a girlfriend, something makes him think he is not that indifferent.

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DADDY Director: Gerald McCullouch 2015 | 89 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE Gerald McCullouch is an award-winning film maker whose short film, The Moment After, garnered awards and praise at screenings worldwide. He is the co-executive producer of BearCity 2: The Proposal, the highly anticipated follow up to the break-out indie hit Bear City, in which he stars alongside Kathy Najimy and Richard Riehle. He has been honored as one of the 100 most compelling people in OUT Magazine and has received featured articles and mentions in The New York Daily News, LA Daily News, NY Post and US Weekly. Daddy marks his directorial debut in feature films.

A story about friendship, family, getting older, and the high cost of things left unsaid. Colin McCormack thinks he has it all – a great job, a stream of hot young guys, and a best friend whose devotion he takes for granted. When a charming intern sweeps Colin off his feet, his lifelong friendship is put to the test. In the intern, Colin sees his chance to start a family, but what he comes to discover may cost Colin everyone – and everything – he holds dear. Lead actor Gerald McCullouch (“CSI,” the “BearCity” franchise) makes his feature directorial debut from a script by co-star Dan Via, who adapts and expands his acclaimed stage play of the same name. Festivals & Honors: Martin Landau Award for Best Actor (Gerald McCullouch), California Independent Film Festival, 2015 Audience Award - California Independent Film Festival, 2015 Audience Award for Best Drama Feature - Out on Film Atlanta LGBT Film Festival, 2015 Montreal World Film Festival, 2015 California Independent Film Festival, 2015 Oslo/Fusion Film Festival, 2015 Melbourne Queer Film Festival, 2016

Film Courtesy: m-appeal


May 26

Liberty 4.30 pm


The Way Ahead With Section 377 The Supreme Court of India’s February 2, 2016, decision to refer the curative petitions against Section 377 to a five-judge bench has left the door open to possibilities and hope for the country’s LGBTQ community. The apex court’s decision to have a relook at the law that it upheld in 2013 offers the community a chance to mobilise itself and build bridges with mainstream society and various stakeholders like judiciary, state, corporate and organizations to chart out a multi-pronged approach towards advocacy.. This panel discussion at KASHISH 2016 attempts to bring together political activists, advocates, corporate thought leaders and community voices to unpack the challenges and chart out a road map for the future.


6.00 pm


May 26

KOTI Director: Suhas Bhosale 2015 | 126 min | Marathi with EST | India | Narrative Feature

Suhaas Bhosale is an Indian actor-director who, during his ten year long career has assisted in various feature films like “Aawdee”, “Kombadi”, “Chinu”, “Pakpak Pakak”. He has done various short films like - “Where Are You”, “Rain Basera”, “Khuduk”, “School” and many more. He also has worked in a number of Ad films and TV series. He is the Founder Member of “PrayogParivar” Nashik and has acted in various theatre plays which include, “Waiting for Godot - Samueal Becket”, “Yakrut-Shyam Manoher”, “Shityuddha Sadan” etc. KOTI is his debut film as a director and his second Marathi film RETI has been released in the theatres on 8th April 2016.

Koti is the tragic story of an innocent transgender from rural India. The family is caught in a dilemma between social burden and love. The elder son, Sham’s behaviour is feminine. The father, unable to face this social burden of ridicule, decides to send him away. But Babhrya, the younger son loves his brother and hence takes a stand to resist his father and the society. Sham is caught in a dilemma of gender identity and love and is forced to take a drastic step. Festivals & Honors: Best film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Special Jury mention Award to both child actors, KIFF, 2015 IFFI Goa, Goa, India, 2015 KIFF, Kolhapur, India,2015 NIFF, Nashik, India, 2016 Official Selection at IFFI 2015 India Panorama


May 26

Liberty 8.15 pm

It’s Complicated (Short Film Package)

Sexual identities and sexual orientations are not mere labels, but an intrinsic part of who we all are. To add to the complexities are our feelings of love and desire. The following four short films sensitively portray these complexities, without any complications.

SHE AND I Director: Zehavit Sabag 2016 | 5 min | Hebrew with EST | Israel | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE She and I sitting on top of a car in the middle of a big green field. She smokes a cigarette, I stare at the view. She cuts pictures out of a magazine, I stare at the view.

JULIE Director: Ran Li 2015 | 9 min | English | Czech Republic, China | Narrative Short | WORLD PREMIERE Julie tells the story of two former lovers, Julie and Chloe, who reunite after a long, painful breakup.

JOHANNA Director: Till Gombert 2014 | 8 min | German with EST | Germany | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Until now Johanna’s asexuality never troubled her, but everything changes when she develops emotions for Markus.


Director: Maximiliano Martiniau 2015 | 20 min | Spanish with EST | Argentina | Narrative Short | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE


A, V and T have a polyamorous relationship. The three live together for quite a while. They are self - sufficient, but they will have to rethink their lifestyle.

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HETEROSEXUAL JILL Director: Michelle Ehlen 2013 | 80 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE Unable to make progress with her ex-lesbian conversion path, a neurotic “All American” Jill tracks down her butch ex-girlfriend Jamie to prove to herself that she is no longer attracted to her. Strung along by guilt and desire, Jamie agrees to the preposterous plan of “dating” Jill so that Jill can close this chapter of her life and move forward with men. Meanwhile, David and Lola compete for the affections of José , a sexually ambiguous and seductive man from Brazil. As complications arise with Jill and Jamie’s relationship, Jill starts to see José as her ticket out. However, when the love triangles shift and realign, Jamie has her own identity crisis that she is ill-equipped to handle. A mix of over-the-top comedy, sharp wit, and pathos, Heterosexual Jill rides the edge of laughter and pain, desire and repression, and explores the complicated attachment to one’s sense of self in the face of love. Festivals & Honors: Focus on Filmmakers Award, Cleveland International Film Festival, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Narrative Feature, Pride Film Festival in Brazos Valley, TX Best Actress - Jen McPherson, Laugh or Die Comedy Festival, Chicago Special Mention of the Jury, Barcelona LGTIB Film Festival Festival Favorite, B’MoreQFest, Baltimore


Michelle Ehlen is an actor-filmmaker who is best known for her first feature film, Butch Jamie (2007), a gender-bending comedy about a butch lesbian who gets cast as a man in a film. The film won her the Best Actress award from the Outfest Film Festival, in addition to Best Feature from the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among other festival awards. Her filmography also includes the televised short Half-Laughing (2003) and POP-U-larity! (2012), a mockumentary about a small town singing competition.

10.30 pm

Director: Reid Waterer 2016 | 16 min | English | USA | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE


May 26


A comedy about gay friends who wake up after sleeping together and try to make sense of the unclear line between friendship and love.

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SHARED ROOMS Director: Rob Williams 2016 | 75 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature WORLD PREMIERE ‘Shared Rooms’ explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harbouring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hook-up who end up finding a much stronger connection. Upcoming screenings: TLVFest - The Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival, Israel, 2016 FilmOut San Diego - BOYS CENTERPIECE, U.S. Premiere, 2016


Rob Williams is an award-winning filmmaker, co-owner of Guest House Films, and the writer/director of eight feature films to date (Long-Term Relationship, Back Soon, 3-Day Weekend, Make The Yuletide Gay, Role/Play, The Men Next Door, Out To Kill and Shared Rooms). In 2012, Rob was named the “Filmmaker In Focus” at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

9.30 am


May 27

Rainbow On Roads (Short Film Package)

Rainbow On Roads is a package of three films that highlight why pride marches are an important part of public action demanding equal justice for LGBTQ community and the kind of support it elicits from society at large, sometimes from very important quarters.

EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW Director: Dan Goldes 2015 | 4 min | English | USA | Documentary Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Following the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling on marriage equality, this documentary combines President Barack Obama’s speech about the ruling with video of the reaction in San Francisco.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND PANDEMONIUM Director: Parthiban Shanmugam 2015 | 8 min | English | USA | Documentary Short ASIAN PREMIERE A filmmaker set out to capture some pickup shots for his film at the pride parade and ended up shooting something else.

WALKING THE WALK Director: Moses Tulasi 2015 | 33 min | English, Hindi, Telugu with EST | India | Documentary Short | IN COMPETITION Walking the Walk follows the participants of Hyderabad’s queer pride march in February 2015. The walk draws inspiration from the most recently successful social movement which led to formation of a brand new state in India, Telangana. With its unique culture and traditions, Telangana becomes the back drop of the queer pride walk.


May 27

Liberty 10.45 am

LOST YEARS (Los Años Perdidos) Director: Alejandro Beltrán 2015 | 21 min | English | Spain, UK | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION After the death of his mother Felix, is sent to a boarding school abroad. There he meets his roommate, Leo, with whom he begins a relationship. A tragic incident puts an end to their friendship.

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(Les Pensees De Paul)

Director: Jean-Baptiste Erreca 2015 | 68 min | English, French with EST | France | Documentary Feature | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Jean-Baptiste Erreca is a writer and director who debuted on Canal+ in 1992. During the course of his eclectic career he has directed over 70 television films of which some were a part of “Nuit Gay” in 1995, a special LGBT program for Canal+. He has directed wildlife documentary series for France 5 and France 3. His work also includes direction of numerous music videos and fiction films like L’Embellie and Cowboy Forever.

Pansy! is Paul Harfleet's artistic project that promotes respect and tolerance. He has been travelling the world for ten years meeting people and planting pansies at the site of homophobia. This is to arise consciousness, encourage reflection, provoke discussion in the public place. We follow the artist sharing his Pansy Project throughout France for the first time: from Paris to Marseille, via Lille, Strasbourg and Avignon, Paul finds his own way with his flowers, goes searching for testimonies, slices of life, helping to rethink discrimination by flying the tolerance flag high. Festivals & Honors: Chéries-Chéris 2015 LGBTQ Festival (Paris, France); Festival Au Coeur des Droits Humains in association with Amnesty Intl (France); Stockholm International Film Festival Junior (Sweden); Rencontres In & Out, Nice & Cannes LGBT Film Festival (France).


May 27

Liberty 12.30 pm

MY CHILD IS GAY, I AM HAPPY Director: Sopan Mueller 2016 | 38 min | English, Hindi, Marathi with EST | India | Documentary Short | WORLD PREMIERE The film is a series of interviews with parents of various young men and women from the LGBT community. The parents are supportive, but it has been a long journey. Now they are able to speak of their gay child confidently and warmth, without any hint of embarrassment.

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GAY (Magizhvan) Director: Mani Shankar Iyer 2015 | 56 min | Tamil with EST | India | Narrative Feature MUMBAI PREMIERE Mani Shankar Iyer is a Gold-Medalist in Screenwriting and Direction from the MGR Government Film & Television Institute, Chennai. His criticallyacclaimed Magizhvan premiered at the Chennai Rainbow International Film Festival in June 2015, which went on to win a number of awards at various film festivals. Mani Shankar Iyer’s other well acclaimed movies include I am a Gay, Maayathirai, Azhagana En Charupriya and Maargam.

The tale of two lovers, caught in a situation where coming out (about their relationship) seems to be the only way out. The biggest issue – they belong to different religions and come from ‘orthodox’, middle-class families. The movie realistically journeys through their lives post this decision, emphasizing on the need for confidence, perseverance and limitless love in such relationships. Festivals & Honors: Chennai Rainbow International Film Festival, Chennai, India, 2015 TASVEER – 10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival, USA , 2015 Won Maasila Vijaya Award for best film award, Best Actor Award (Kamaal and TV Ramanujam) at the Chennai Rainbow International Film Festival, Chennai, India screened in June 2015 Won Maasila Vijaya Award, Chennai, For Best Film In July 2015


May 27

Liberty 2.30 pm

BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING Director: Joseph Graham 2015 | 92 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Edgy, absorbing and raw, Beautiful Something follows four diverse men as they navigate life during one sublime night in Philadelphia. Cute, 22-year-old writer Brian continually crashes and burns with each guy he meets, but does not understand why. Jim, gorgeous and full-of-life, is not afraid to break hearts except when it comes to his 40-something lover who is a world-renown metal sculpture. It seems Drew is solely focused on his latest masterpiece and not Jim. Lastly there’s Bob, a successful talent agent from LA in his mid-sixties who leads a double life being a sugar daddy while traveling on business. As all four comb the Philadelphia streets looking for connection, they oftentimes settle for something quick and dirty. However, tonight is much different! Festivals & Honors: Frameline, San Francisco, CA, 2015 Outfest, Los Angeles, CA, 2015 Opening Night Film - QFlix, Philadelphia, PA, 2015 Reeling Chicago, IL, 2015 FilmOut, San Diego, CA, 2015 Hong Kong Lesbiand & Gay Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2015 Out on Film, Atlanta, GA, 2015 Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Tampa, FL, 2015 Seattle International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Seattle, WA, 2015


Joseph Graham has produced and directed several short films, including Breath, The Lady’s Foot, Sin Corazon, Pornography and award winning animated commercials for MTV. His transgender video Feminine Image Vol. 1 was inducted into the Lucas Library, incorporated into the Gender Studies curriculum of several major American Universities. Graham’s short feature Vanilla won the Best Short Feature Award at the Berkeley Film Festival and the Viewer’s Voice Award at Cinequest. Beautiful Something is Graham’s second feature-length film.

4.30 pm


May 27


Freedom of Expression & Censorship in Indian cinema Indian cinema in 2013 celebrated a centenary of films, but issues of censorship & barriers in freedom of expression continue to dog the industry. The problems become more immediate for films that challenge social norms, question traditional practices or rock the status quo. While on one hand, the censor board is still mired in antiquated rules and places hurdles on films that deal with contentious issues, on the other hand distribution & marketing machinery questions the judiciousness in investing in such films. Do these hamper artistic freedom and where does one draw the line for artistic license? How do filmmakers, actors, producers and distributors navigate this complex terrain to ensure that films on challenging social issues are enabled to be made within the mainstream system? A panel of eminent filmmakers, actors and a media critic discuss whether there is light at the end of the tunnel.



May 27


Liberty 6.00 pm

I AM NOT HE, SHE‌ (Nanu Avanalla Avalu) Director: B.S. Lingadevaru 2015 | 115 min | Kannada with EST | India | Narrative Feature Madesha is a boy who cherishes basic feminine characteristics. As he grows up, his wish to become a female grows stronger. Eventually, he gets acquainted with the appalling lives of trangenders, along with their conventions. He discovers that a transgender person is not accepted in the society and is forced to make a living either by begging, or as a prostitute. Madesha transforms into Vidya who has to discover her own identity and fight against all odds to lead a dignified life. Festivals & Honors : Indian select, KIFF, Kolkata, 2015 Indian cinema section, IFFK, Kerala, 2015 IFFI Goa Indian Panorama, CIFF , Chennai, 2016 Indian cinema , PIFF, Pune, 2016 IFFM, Melbourne, Australia, 2015 London Indian film festival, 2016 Bangalore International Film Festival, 2016 National Awards for BEST ACTOR and BEST MAKE UP, 2014

S. Lingadevaru is a State and National award winning Film Producer and Director. He is known for his films Naanu Avanalla... Avalu, Mouni, and Kaada Beladingalu. He has served as a Jury Member for 2010 – 11, National film award, Government Of India, Chairman for selection of films for Subsidy 2011, Government of Karnataka and Jury Member for National film award 2013, Government Of India.

8.15 pm


May 27

DUNNO Y 2... LIFE IS A MOMENT Director: Tonje Gjevjon, Sanjay Sharma 2015 | 105 min | English, Hindi, Norwegian with EST | India, Norway | Narrative Feature The film follows a relationship between Aryan and Ashley. They meet in a sauna in Norway just a few days before Aryan is about to get engaged to his girlfriend Aisha. Through Aryan and Ashley’s relationship, one sees how humour and love can overcome the political and cultural differences between two countries. Festivals & Honors: Homochrom De Germany Film Festival  Barcelona Queer International Film Festival Poland LGBT International Film Festival Sanjay Sharma is the director of 11 international award winner Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun, He along with Norwegian director Tonje Gjevjon has directed its sequel Dunno Y2 Life Is A Moment. At present he is directing a thriller on international black money racket Black Currency with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a suspence thriller Ishq Junoon and Bollywood’s first scientific horror film Paranormal. By profession he is also an editor.

Tonje Gjevjon, is a Norwegian visual artist. She is also the leader of the pin up performance band The Hungry Hearts. She has debuted in film direction with Dunno Y2 Life Is A Moment.


May 27

Liberty 10.30 pm


BOYS IN BRAZIL Director: Alexandre Carvalho 2015 | 92 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE Boys in Brazil is a colorful, fun and exciting film that offers a new angle on the romantic comedy genre, a bold narrative that tackles issues like friendship, courage and the challenges of first love. Four guys meet at a tragic event during Sao Paulo’s Gay Parade, the largest in the world. They make an important pact that will change their lives forever.

Festivals & Honors: 41º Festival SESC MelhoresFilmes, São Paulo, 2015 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, EUA, 2015 31º SchwuleFilmwocheFreiburg Gay Film Festival, Alemanha, 2015 Papo Mix, Brasil, 2015 Winner of Papo Mix Awards Winner of Papo Mix Awards Papo Mix, Brazil, 2015

Film Courtesy: Elo Company


Alexandre Carvalho studied films at the University of São Paulo. He has directed music videos and short films like Vila Prudente (2007) and City gates (2004), awarded for best documentary in New York. He directed the feature fiction film Fluids in 2009, co-directed the feature documentary film Becoming a Freshmen, produced and directed the web reality show Academia de Drags (2014 / 2016) and the feature fiction film Do Lado de Fora (2014).

9.30 am


May 28

That Feeling Called Love

(Short Film Package)

Three Indian films that explore the different dimensions of love between same-sex couples and how the social and legal status in the country impact their relationships. These stories offer hope that love conquers all.

Director: Tejashri Joshi 2016 | 16 min | English, Hindi, Marathi with EST | India | Documentary Short WORLD PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION


Living amid the chaos of acceptance and denial by the society, often wrong choices are made without even making an effort to know the unknown. The film tries to create a discussion about the basics of same-sex relationships in India 2016.

JUST ANOTHER LOVE STORY Director: Prashansa Gurung 2015 | 7 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Documentary Short MUMBAI PREMIERE A short interview with a gay couple from Mumbai shows how sex, sexual orientation or identities may differ, but the core emotions remains the same.

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Director: Sandeep Kr. Singh, Aakriti Kohli 2015 | 29 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Documentary Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE This film explores queer love and relationships, and looks at the notion of togetherness, love, sexuality, and illegality with reference to the LGBTQ community in India. Foregrounding their everyday life and work, the film looks at the experience of living in a city, having a relationship and the very concept of a family. Finally the film prods us to question the overarching powers of the state in defining, policing and regulating people.


May 28

Liberty 10.45 am

Matters Of Heart (Short Film Package)

Continuing one of the most popular short film packages at KASHISH, this year brings six films that will tenderly caress your emotions and leave you overwhelmed about the most beautiful feeling – Love!

TRI-CURIOUS Director: Matt Guerin 2016 | 8 min | English | Canada | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE Last minute anxiety threatens to ruin a young gay couple’s first threesome date together.

TOM IN AMERICA Director: Flavio Alves 2014 |17 min | English | USA, Brazil |Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.


(Celui Qui A Deux Âmes)

Director: Fabrice Luang-Vija 2015 | 17 min | French with EST | France | Animation Short | INDIAN PREMIERE They called him “He who has two souls”. He was beautiful like a woman, and he was handsome like a man. He was searching for someone who can understand and love him.



(A Qui La Faute)

Director: Anne-Claire Jaulin 2015 |19 min | French with EST | France | Short INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION It’s summertime and a troop of young girls are headed to scout camp. For Marie and Lise, it is a time for their first sparks of emotion, a time to learn more about desire and how one confronts a group and their morality.

TRADE QUEEN Director: David Wagner 2015 | 8 min | No dialogues | Germany | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Day by day, Mr. Jonas and Mr. Schmidt make their way from door to door across the country, selling pots to the general public. After work, both go their own way.

SAUNA THE DEAD - A FAIRY TALE Director: Tom Frederic 2016 | 20 min | English | UK | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Jacob is a jaded narcissist who stalks the bathhouse halls looking for his next hook-up. When he finds himself in the midst of a zombie outbreak, his survival may depend on the one thing he didn’t come there for: a human connection.


May 28

Liberty 12.30 pm

INNER JELLYFISHES Director: Marc-Antoine Lemire 2015 | 24 min | English, French with EST | Canada | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION A young man meets another one in a bar and their relationship winds up into a one-night stand. But under the sheets, they realize that perhaps when skins touch eachother, that loneliness is the deepest.

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HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) Director: Josh Kim 2015 | 80 min | English, Thai with EST | Thailand, USA, Indonesia | Narrative Feature | INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Josh Kim is a KoreanAmerican filmmaker currently based in Asia. He worked as Associate Producer on the Korean remake of John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. He has since directed videos for Google, UEFA and Elite Models. Recently, he founded a microdocumentary web-series project called Google Glass Diaries which has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) marks his feature film directorial debut.

After the loss of both parents, a young boy faces an uncertain future when his older brother must submit to Thailand’s annual military draft lottery. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, the boy takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. Based on the bestselling book, Sightseeing, by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) is the debut feature film of Josh Kim, which is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand. Festivals & Honors: Berlinale Panorama 2015, Hong Kong IFF 2015, Los Angeles Asian Pacific FF 2015, CinemAsia FF 2015, Turin GLFF 2015 , Udine Far East FF 2015, Jeonju IFF 2015, Edinburgh IFF 2015, Tel Aviv GLFF 2015, Athens IFF 2015; Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Feature - LAAPFF 2015, Special Mention Torino GLBT FF 2015, Best International First Feature - Toronto Inside Out LGBT FF 2015, Best International Feature - Filmout San Diego LGBT FF 2015, Audience Award - TLVFest 2015, Best Narrative Feature - Long Beach QFilm Festival 2015, Youth Jury Award for Best Film - Oslo/Fusion IFF 2015, Jury Award for Best Feature - Out on Film Atlanta LGBT FF 2015, Jury Award for Best Director (Josh Kim) - Out on Film Atlanta LGBT FF 2015, Audience Award for Best Film - Ljubljana LGBT FF 2015

Film Courtesy: m-appeal


May 28

Liberty 2.30 pm

Indian Masala Mix - I (Short Film Package)

One of the most anticipated short film packages Indian Masala Mix - I brings together five documentary short films that reflect the lived-in experiences of Indian LGBTQ community, seen from diverse prisms by young and upcoming filmmakers.

WHERE THE BLUE LOTUS BLOOMS… Director: Anand Gautam, Geetha K Wilson, Radhika Agarwal, Saurabh Kumar & Shreya Katyayini 2015 | 25 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Documentary Short WORLD PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION A Home is not merely a physical space; it is a space of belonging- a space of acceptance and dignity. Where the Blue Lotus Blooms is a film made at home with four Transgenders- Joanna, Pradipta, Sree and Urmi, who are from various social and physical spaces in Mumbai. Cutting through the identity of being a transgender in a world dominated by the cisgenders ( the so called ‘normal’ people) along with the social prejudices that come with it, they speak to each other about how they negotiate the space they call home.

AAVAHAN - VOICES FROM THE FRINGE Director: Bindumadhav Khire 2015 | 15 min | English, Marathi with EST | India | Documentary Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE Aavahan deals with the theme of inclusivity of sexual minorities in three sectors namelyEducation, Health Care and Corporates. Three gay men share their own experiences and their opinions on these topics.


DANCING QUEENS: IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY Director: Jeff Roy 2016 | 17 min | English, Hindi with EST | India, USA | Documentary Short | WORLD PREMIERE A documentary short featuring bittersweet stories from Mumbai’s premiere professional LGBT dance troupe known as the “Dancing Queens.”The documentary captures the heartache of losing out to discrimination, the triumph of family, and all the dances in-between.

THAT’S MY BOY Director: Akhil Sathyan 2015 |25 min | English, Malayalam with EST | India | Documentary Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION That’s My Boy takes us through the life of Sonu, who strongly disagrees to believe that his gender is the biological one. Sonu was born a girl but he always knew that his physical body and mental identity were at odds with each other.

HIREATH Director: Ashish Sawhny, Anisha Lanewala & Shefali Jamwal 2015 | 15 min | English, Farsi with EST | India Documentary Short | WORLD PREMIERE A personal poem of memories - Hiraeth is an experimental short film, shot over various periods of time. A summer romance with an Iranian immigrant led the filmmaker to Iran years later, in an attempt to find his friend.


May 28

Liberty 4.30 pm


Crowdfunding and independent cinema in India A new wave of Indie filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of Indian cinema with their fresh and edgier takes on contemporary society and culture. Eschewing patronage and subsidy, the filmmakers who make independent cinema are relying on new and creative ways to fund their works, by directly reaching out to their audiences. Wishberry is proud to host a panel discussion on “Crowdfunding and independent cinema in India� at the seventh edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Wishberry is the leading crowdfunding platform for creative projects in India. More than 300 creative projects spanning across films, music, theatre, dance etc. have raised close Rs. 7 crores from over 12,000 backers in India using Wishberry. The panel discussion will bring together filmmakers who have successfully raised funds for their films using Wishberry and will share their experience and learnings from this new and alternative way of funding independent cinema.



May 28

ALIGARH Director: Hansal Mehta 2015 | 114 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Narrative Feature Hansal Mehta is an Indian film director, writer, actor and producer. Mehta started his career in television with his show Khana Khazana (1993–2000) and later moved onto movies like ‌Jayate (1999) and Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000). He is best known for Shahid (2012) for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. He then went on to direct City Lights (2014) and Aligarh (2016). After his last two successful films, Mehta directed, Aligarh (2016) based on a Marathi professor and poet who was suspended by his university for being gay.

Aligarh is based on a true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a Marathi professor at the Aligarh Muslim University, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. He was ostracized by the society at large and was subjected to physical and psychological torture. Rookie journalist Dipu Sebastian is the man who sees him for what he really is. Aligarh is their journey. Festivals & Honors: Official Selection -BIFF (Busan International Film Festival). Opening Film - Jio MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival). Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival. Official Selection/ Special Mention - IFFLA (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles). DFW SAFF (Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival). Closing Night Film - NYIFF (New York Indian Film Festival)


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May 28

Liberty 8.15 pm


REACHING FOR THE MOON Director: Bruno Barreto 2013 | 118 min | English, Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Feature | INDIAN PREMIERE Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it. This film is a work of fiction inspired by the novel “Rare and Commonplace Flowers” by Carmem Oliveira. Festivals & Honors: Audience Award, Best Foreign Film: Memphis Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Best Feature Narrative: Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival Ontario; Audience Award for Best Feature: Frameline; Audience Award for Best Feature: Outfest; Audience Award for Best Feature Film: Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival; Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature: Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Audience Award for Favorite Narrative: Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Feature: Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Women’s Feature: Atlanta Out On Film; Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature: Atlanta Out On Film; Audience Award for Best Feature: Tampa Int’l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Best Feature: Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Best Women’s Feature Film: Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Film Fest; Audience Award: Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


Bruno Barreto is a Brazilian filmmaker whose first film was “Tati” in 1972, at the age of 17, followed by A Estrela Sobe (The Rising Star) and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, the biggest box office hit in Brazil until 2011, and a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Since 1990, Bruno Barreto has divided his career between Brazil and the United States, where he made six feature films with major stars such as Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia, Kevin Spacey and Amy Irving in A Show of Force, Dennis Hopper and Amy Irving in Carried Away, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike Myers in View from the Top .

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May 28

FRONT COVER Director: Ray Yeung 2015 | 87 min | Cantonese, English, Mandarin with EST | USA | Narrative Feature | INDIAN PREMIERE Ray Yeung’s first feature Cut Sleeve Boys premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and later was screened in over 20 festivals of the world. The film won Best Feature at the Outfest Fusion Festival and Best Actor in the Madrid Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Ray has written and directed eight short films and has recently finished his second feature Front Cover, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was later chosen for the Competition section in Chicago International Film Festival. Front Cover is distributed by Strand Releasing for N. America.

Set in Manhattan, Front Cover tells the story of Ryan Fu, a gay American who rejects his Chinese heritage that he sees as a hindrance to his climbing up the social ladder. Through talent and hard work he has attained his dream job as an assistant to a celebrity fashion stylist. One day Ryan is assigned to style Ning, an actor who has just arrived from Beijing, for a top magazine photo shoot. Ning dismisses Ryan’s initial Western styling and demands an image that represents the power of the new China. Their egos and opinions clash resulting in a strained and difficult working relationship. Over the following days, they slowly discover that they share a lot in common. As they get closer, a mutual attraction develops leading them to examine their beliefs and identities. Festivals & Honors: Seattle International Film Festival - Seattle, USA; Chicago International Film Festival - Chicago, USA; Hawaii International Film Festival - Hawaii, USA; MiFo LGBT Film Festival - Fort Lauderdale, USA; Seattle LGBT Film Festival - Seattle, USA ; Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Opening Film) - Hong Kong, China; Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Melbourne, Australia; Cinemasia Film Festival - Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Poland LGBT Film Festival (Closing Film) - Warsaw, Poland; Cleveland International Film Festival - Cleveland, USA; Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Opening Film) - Hong Kong, China; Poland LGBT Film Festival (Closing Film) - Warsaw, Poland


May 29

Liberty 9.30 am


(Short Film Package) One of the most anticipated short film packages at KASHISH every year, LOL brings together six hilarious films that not only make you laugh, but also touch your heart.

FAMILY VALUES Director: Val Singhal 2015 | 4 min | English | USA | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE When Dylan comes out to his parents at the dinner table, the evening takes an unexpected turn.


(Entre Broma Y Broma) Director: Rolando Treviño 2014 | 6 min | Spanish with EST | Mexico | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE A moment in the life of Leo, who is forced by Roger to assist at a gay party so he can seduce the girl of his dreams.

SETTING THEM STRAIGHT Director: Kaleb McKenna 2015 | 6 min | English | Australia | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE Joshua has arrived at his parent’s house with some delicate news. It’s not as if they weren’t loving and accepting parents, it’s just that they’ve been a little too understanding of Joshua’s homosexuality, and now they might actually like him better because of it. The problem: Joshua isn’t actually gay.



(RĂŠsurgence Commode)

Director: Guillaume Levil 2015 |17 min | French with EST | France | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Anne, a fifty-years-old woman with a bourgeois mentality, listens to a message secretly intended for her husband: a man makes an appointment with him in a gay club where you must give the password.

SPUNKLE Director: Lisa Donato 2016 |11 min | English | USA | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE A brother contemplates fatherhood when his older sister and her free-spirited wife ask him to be their sperm donor.

YOU. ME. BATHROOM.SEX. NOW Director: Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti 2015 | 18 min | Spanish with EST | USA | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION A comedy about a man who tries to forget about love, in all the wrong places. When Antonio finds out that his boyfriend of eight years is cheating on him three days before Christmas, he decides to find solace at the neighbourhood bar.


May 29

Liberty 10.45 am

TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL Director: Jeffrey Schwarz 2015 | 90 min | English | USA | Documentary Feature ASIAN PREMIERE In the 1950s, Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood’s most soughtafter star and America’s boy next door. Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses he is romantically linked to. Nothing, it seems, can damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing - that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now, Tab Hunter’s secret is out. In TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL we will meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of Hollywood’s roller coaster. Festivals & Honors: SXSW BFI Flare Cleveland International

Film Courtesy: The Film Collaborative


Director/Producer Jeffrey Schwarz is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature documentaries include the Emmy Award-winning HBO Documentary Films’ Vito, (screened at KASHISH 2012), about the beloved gay activist and author of The Celluloid Closet. Previous work includes I Am Divine, a portrait of the international drag superstar and John Waters’ leading lady, as well as Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story and Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon. He is alled an “EPK samurai” by Variety.

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May 29

BETTER HALF Director: Michelle Clay 2015 | 110 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Michelle Clay has been a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild since 2001 and worked as an assistant on cable series (“Pysch”, “South of Nowhere”), as well as in series programming for PopTV (Formerly TV Guide Network) Her credits include: (“What’s The 411”, “Hollywood on Set”, “America’s Next Producer”). She has edited three independent features (Life on a Leash [2002], Windstorm [2006], The Road to Sundance [2009) and award-winning web series “The Marriage Tour” and “the Unwritten Rules” to her credit. She has directed episodes of “The Unwritten Rules” and “Everything I Did Wrong in My 20s.

For years, Tony and Leo have been a happy couple. They had always talked about having a child... someday. So when a sickly infant is abandoned at a local hospital, Tony sees it as a sign. Suddenly, Leo is confronted with making good on his promise to start a family; he must face his deep-seeded fears of being a father, or risk losing Tony altogether. Festivals & Honors: CInema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival Palm Springs, CA North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Durham, NC OUTReels Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Durham, NC - Audience Award Best Men’s Feature (tied) Festival Favorite - Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA


May 29

Liberty 2.30 pm

Indian Masala Mix - II (Short Film Package)

The second part of the festival’s most attended short film package. This package brings together six narrative shorts that underline the joy, happiness as well as the anxieties and dilemmas of Indian LGBTQ lives through the gaze of young upcoming filmmakers.


(Unkahi Unsuni Kahani)

Director: Nakshatra Bagwe 2016 | 7 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Musical Short | ASIAN PREMIERE A queer guy is banned from using the elevator hence he has to take a long scary stairway to reach his destination.

THAT ONE NIGHT Director: Karan Vohra 2016 | 7 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE A queer themed movie that explores the nuances and granularities of relationships that may develop on a one night stand. It’s a coming of age film that tries to reveal more shades in an LGBT relationship and perhaps bust stereotypes in the process.

SANDCLOCK Director: Deepak Miglani 2016 | 25 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Narrative Short | WORLD PREMIERE Sandclock is the story of a night when a middleaged recently-divorced man ends up with a date at his home, but has to confront his own fears and dilemmas. The film explores love, hope, acceptance and contradicting perceptions of human mind.


MANAM Director: Balaji M. 2015 |13 min | Tamil with EST | India | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Priyanka and Ramya, two transwomen,live together as independent individuals, despite societal challenges. Priyanka’s one persistent wish it to be a mother, as she feels only being a mother completes her womanhood.

ANY OTHER DAY Director: Srikant Ananthkrishnan, Vikrant Dhote 2015 | 12 min | English, Hindi, Marathi with EST | India | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION It’s just another day in Kabir and Arnav’s life. But in the name of safety, two police officers take it upon themselves to create a spectacle of the young men’s private and intimate relationship.



Director: Nishant Roy Bombarde 2015 | 30 min | Hindi, Marathi with EST | India | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos.


May 29

Liberty 4.30 pm

AKRON Director: Sasha King, Brian O’Donnell 2015 | 88 min | English | USA, Ireland | Narrative Feature ASIAN PREMIERE Benny and Christopher, college freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny’s close-knit family. Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as its backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey that examines both his own feelings and his family’s ability to come to terms with the past. AKRON is a sensitive and unique independent film that puts a progressive, Midwestern spin on a classic family drama. Festivals & Honors: Best LGBT Feature Film – Columbus International Film + Video Festival Best Feature Film – Outreels Cincinnati Best Feature Film, Audience Award – Imageout Film Festival (Rochester) Audience Award Winner (Best Film) – Desperado LGBT Film Festival (Phoenix) Best Feature Film, Audience Award Runner-Up – Kansas International Film Festival Best Feature Film – Male, Audience Award Runner-Up – RozeFilmdagen (Amsterdam) Sasha Kin has worked as a Film and TV producer for over a decade in Europe and previously in London and New York City in various fields of music production with major and independent labels. Her short film Nostradamus and Mewon the “Galway Festival Best Short Award” and awards at the Kerry and NYC Tribeca Film Festivals. Her controversial documentary Conrad Gallagher: A Flash in the Pan has been broadcast by RTE TV. Brian O’Donnell is a New York City-based writer, director and visual artist. His plays include Cleaning House (Mercer Street Playhouse, 1993) and JF’nK (Here Theater, 1996) and his stage direction includes Judith (The Piano, 2000). For the past 15 years O’Donnell also has managed the National Grants Program at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


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May 29


Dialogue with Emerging Filmmakers Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival has provided a platform for emerging filmmakers who make films on queer themes with great resource crunch and against much odds. The festival provides a springboard to them to showcase their films on an international scale. For many filmmakers it is the only avenue to showcase their work to a larger mainstream audience in India. At this moderated Filmmaker Interface, a panel of young, emerging filmmakers speak about their joy, anxiety, passion and glory of taking those initial steps into filmdom.



May 29


10.30 pm

THOSE PEOPLE Director: Joey Kuhn 2015 | 89 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature On Manhattan’s gilded Upper East Side, a young gay painter is torn between an obsession with his infamous best friend and a promising new romance with an older foreign pianist. Charlie is a handsome budding artist who is hung up on his self-centered friend, Sebastian. The feeling is not mutual. Sebastian’s life is turned upside down after a scandal puts his father in jail. When Charlie meets a hot Lebanese concert pianist, older & more grounded than Sebastian, their developing relationship starts to interfere with Charlie & Sebastian’s long time friendship. Festivals & Honors: Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, NewFest Best Actor - Jonathan Gordon, Atlanta Out on Film Audience Award – Best U.S First Feature, Outfest Film Festival Emerging Talent, Writer-Director Joey Kuhn, Long Beach QFilm Festival Jury Award, Best Feature Film, Kansas City LGBT Film Festival

Film Courtesy: The Film Collaborative


JOEY KUHN Born and raised in New York City, writer/director Joey Kuhn makes films that draw inspiration from the nexus of fine art and pop culture. Joey’s short films Thinly Veiled (2010) and Now Here (2011) have played at festivals around the world. In addition to his work as a writer/director, Joey is an editor, a still photographer, and a diehard Mariah Carey fan. He graduated from Brown University in 2007 with a B.A. in ArtSemiotics and graduated with an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Film Program in May 2014. Those People is his first feature film.

Alliance Franรงaise de Bombay May 26-28, 2016

May 26

Alliance Franรงaise

1.15 pm

BENJAMIN Director: Sherren Lee 2015 | 16 min | English | Canada | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Sixth months into a dual surrogate pregnancy between two gay couples, baby Maya dies in utero. When grieving mothers Sophie and Della realize they may not be able to conceive again, they ask to keep the remaining child for themselves, fracturing the idealistic arrangement the four friends once had, and forcing the men to make an impossible decision.

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WELCOME HOME Director: Pablo Rogero 2015 | 63 min | English, Spanish with EST | Spain, USA | Documentary Feature | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Pablo Rogero was born in Madrid in 1979. He studied Audiovisual Communication at the Barcelona University in 2003. In 2010, he moved to Barcelona where he directed his first TV documentary Flores para Pedro (Flowers for Pedro), premiered at Canal33. In 2013, he presented the reportage Lavori in Corso, made along Estel·la Oncins. In 2014 he worked in Vencidxs, a transmedia project which includes a long feature documentary film in which he is the editor and the co-writer. His last work as co director and coordinator is Temps de Canvi(e)s about social movements in Barcelona.

Mario and Sergio have decided to have a child. In Welcome Home, we are living with them at this important emotional stage of their lives from the very first that their paternal instincts arises, until they can resort to surrogacy technique. This learning process will also involve geographical route: Mario and Sergio live in Barcelona and they have to come to the city of Los Angeles. Edith lives there, a young Hispanic woman who will bear Galileo, the future son of our main characters. Throughout this peculiar process of pregnancy, Mario and Sergio prepare and share expectations with family and friends and know the experience of become what they’ve always wanted to be: parents. Festivals & Honors: Audience Award, Premio del público The Barcelona Internacional LGTIB Film Festival, Barcelona


May 26

Alliance Franรงaise

2.45 pm

Best of Iris (Short Film Package) Best of Iris package of short films comprise of the winners and highly commended films at Iris Prize 2015 film festival. Iris Prize film festival is one of the leading LGBTQ short film festivals in the world and offers a GBP25,000 award to the Best LGBTQ short film, for the filmmakers to make his/her next film. KASHISH is a partner festival of Iris Prize and the winner of the Best Indian Narrative Short film gets to be nominated to compete for this highest award.


Director: Neil Ely 2015 | 11 min | UK | Narrative Short A short film about two straight men connecting in a gay club.

ROXANNE Director: Paul Frankl 2015 | 14 min | UK | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE A cold and isolated transgender sex worker takes in a young girl who has been abandoned by her mother, and her life is thrown into question.

CLOSETS Director: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan 2015 | 18 min |UK | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE Closets features a tormented 16 year old boy called Henry, who on 12th March 1986, time travels through his bedroom closet and meets up with a similar present day teenager.


IN THE HOLLOW Director: Austin Bunn 2015 | 15min | USA | Documentary Short INDIAN PREMIERE In May 1988, girlfriends Claudia Brenner and Rebecca Wight were attacked while hiking the Appalachian Trail by a ‘mountain man’ named Stephen Roy Carr. In the Hollow tells the story of the shooting, Wight’s death and Brenner’s desperate survival (and later transformation into an advocate for hate crime legislation in the U.S.).

HOLE Director: Martin Edralin 2015 | 15 min| Canada | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE A daring portrait of a disabled man yearning for intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

VESSELS Director: Arkasha Stevenson 2015 | 16 min | USA | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE Vessels follows Diamond, a young Latina transgender woman living in Los Angeles. Diamond works at a garment factory for little pay, and is unable to afford healthcare, let alone the breast implants she desperately desires.


May 26

Alliance Française

4.30 pm

BREAD OF LIFE Director: Sergio García Locatelli 2015 | 7 min | Spanish with EST | Peru, Spain | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Alejandro seeks happiness. But in that search, he can´t think about love without religion.

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AN ACT OF LOVE Director: Scott Sheppard 2015 | 86 min | English | USA | Documentary Feature ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Scott Sheppard was raised the son of a United Methodist minister in rural Michigan. He comes from a long line of Methodist ministers and missionaries, and he chronicled much of that family history in his debut documentary - Planes, Trains & Autorickshaws. As an editor, he worked on director Antoine Fuqua’s Showtime documentary about infamous gangster rap mogul, Suge Knight. He has also edited short documentaries, commercials, and short films for organizations such as American Heart Association, Harvard University, Canon, TEDx, GOOD, Open Society Foundations, Sheryl Sandberg, and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

In 2013, Rev. Frank Schaefer was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. The Schaefer family was pulled into a movement for LGBTQ equality in America’s second largest protestant denomination. An Act of Love follows Rev. Schaefer’s journey from a small-town minister to an outspoken advocate. Festivals & Honors: Audience Favorite - Silver Award, 2015 Valley of the Docs Audience Award - Best in the Fest, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, March 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival, October 2015, USA St. Louis International Film Festival, November 2015, USA Denver Film Festival, November 2015, USA Puerto Rico Queer Film Fest, November 2015, USA Philadelphia Film Society, February 2016, USA Level Ground Film Festival, February 2016, Pasadena, USA Sedona International Film Festival, February 2016, USA New Filmmakers NY, March 2016, New York City, USA Florida Film Festival, April 2016, Maitland, Florida, USA Newport Beach Film Festival, April 2016, USA Fairy Tales Film Festival, May 2016, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


May 26

Alliance Française

6.15 pm

I LOVE YOU. THANK YOU Director: Charliebebs Gohetia 2015 | 110 min | Filipino, English, Thai with EST | Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE Paul is a restless twenty-something who cannot get his life together. Worse, he’s been holding on to his love towards Red, his best friend’s boyfriend. Looking for a sense of direction, he goes to Siem Reap and meets Tang, who falls in love with him. But when Ivan leaves Red without any explanation, Paul finds himself caught between chasing his unrequited love for Red or choose Tang, the one who is always willing to give him love that he cannot return. Festivals & Honors: Bangkok Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand World Premieres Film Festival, Philippines Q! Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia &Proud Yangon Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar


Charliebebs Gohetia is a filmmaker with a host of titles to his credit like Love is Blind (2016), Legend of China Doll (2013), Kung giunsa pagbuhat ang binisayang chopsuey (2014) which have individually won a number of awards. He is well known for his editing style and has won the best editing award at Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival for Hamog (2015).

1.15 pm

Alliance Française

May 27

Families We Create (Short Film Package) The four films in this package offer a heart warming take on queer relationships and families. Each film reflects the challenges gay and transgender persons faces when they tries to form families of their choice.

WE COULD BE PARENTS (Vi Skulle Bli Bra Föräldrar) Director: Björn Elgerd 2016 | 15 min | Swedish with EST | Sweden | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Erik’s boyfriend Marely left him. Now, the last chance for Erik to get him back is to make this movie to explain, that the only reason he sold sex, was so they could afford to become parents one day.

LETHARGY Director: Xavier Miralles 2015 | 20 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Alex has just broken up with Marc, his partner for several years. On a cold winter night, their dog sickens and Alex brings him to the hospital. This forces Marc and Alex to meet again in a long night in which everything that seemed asleep awakens.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTIMACY Director: Joel Moffett 2015 | 20 min | English | USA | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Starring world-renowned queer icon Buck Angel, ‘Technical Difficulties of Intimacy’ is a groundbreaking new film about a man and a woman, who try to salvage their relationship by exploring new sexual horizons.


May 27

Alliance Française

2.45 pm

My Beautiful Life (Short Film Package) Life is what you make it – you can be fabulous, you can be beautiful - it is all in your mind! Five documentary short films fill you with hope that a beautiful life is very much possible.


Director: Ashish Sawhny 2015 | 12 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Documentary Short Despite the law recently recognizing the Transgender community as the ‘third sex’, they remain largely marginalized. The film speaks to members of the transgender community about what their ‘career dreams’ are – what they aspire to do with their lives, if given a chance.

THE GAY BOMBAY TALENT SHOW Director: Ashish Sawhny 2015 | 6 min | English, Hindi with EST | India | Documentary Short The Gay Bombay (GB) group in Mumbai hosts events to promote and foster LGBTQI inclusiveness. The Talent Show held annually allows the community to strut their stuff - and the film takes a look at some of their stories and their need to be celebrated.


(Quién Es Esa Chica?) Director: Luciana Bitencourt 2015 | 10 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE

Who’s that Girl? is a documentary about a clown Drag Queen. Alejandro Lento is an Argentine artist who lives in Spain – Barcelona. One day he decided to play Carnival dressing as a Drag Queen.



(Božja Napaka)

Director: Matarranz Eva, Anna Savchenko 2014 | 23 min | Croatian, Slovenian with EST | Croatia, Slovenia | Documentary Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE A blond woman talks about her childhood in Yugoslavia, as she was still, to everyone’s eyes, a little boy. Psychiatrics’ threats, military service, school, mother or religion didn’t bridle Salomé’s conviction that she was born in the wrong body.

PORTRAITS FROM MYKONOS Director: Daniele Sartori 2015 | 37 min | Italian | Italy | Documentary Short WORLD PREMIERE A documentary dedicated to Priscilla and Gloria Darling. Drag Queens performing at the island queer party for excellence: Mykonos.


May 27

Alliance Française

4.30 pm

Boys Shorts (Short Film Package) A package of funny, sexy, and emotionally moving short films that celebrates both the tough & emotional sides of gay men.


Director: Kate Jessop 2015 | 5 min | English | UK | Animation Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Ash doesn’t like anything Indian: the food, the clothes, the films. He does like spending time with his best friend. Chariot Riders is about a boy’s feelings of first love for his best friend.

DEAR DREW Director: Dylan Shapiro, Maddy Laing 2015 | 5 min | English | USA | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE

The story of a teenage romance through a narrated love letter reinforcing the idea that love is love.


(En Eftermiddag) Director: Soren Green 2014 | 8 min | Danish | Denmark | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE

Mathias has decided that today is the day that he’ll let Frederik know, he is in love with him. But when the time comes, is he ready to make the first move?




Director: Samer Nouh 2013 | 21 min | Arabic | Lebanon | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE Meetings between a young journalist and George, turns out to be full of secrets and emotions. This is a film about fear, love and the city of Beirut.

Director: Fidel del Val, Luis Javier Miranda 2016 | 21 min | Spanish | Spain | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE


Jose 1 is a writer and is madly in love with Jose 2. Jose 2 is a photographer and has fallen madly in love with Jose 1, but his life is too complicated and sooner or later he must make a decision.

WANT IT Director: Lee Haven Jones 2014 | 12 min | English | UK | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE An intruder breaks into a modern and luxurious home. He wants it. As he samples the lifestyle, his senses are heightened. When the owner of the house returns unexpectedly, the tables are turned.

Director: Clanch Dayve Belleza 2015 | 23 min | Filipino (Cebuano) with EST | Philippines | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE


Julian/Julie has been working in construction for twenty-two years, hiding his real self at his professional environment. His seemingly perfect life will change in a day, all because of a busted bathroom doorknob.


May 27

Alliance Française

6.15 pm

BAGGAGE Director: Sarah Ball 2015 | 15 min | English | UK, USA | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE

A jilted window-dresser uses her Valentine’s day store window display to send a public message to her ex.

HOW TO BE ALONE Director: Erez Eisenstein 2015 | 23 min | Hebrew | Israel | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE “Listen to me: there is life without love. Loneliness is the soul’s forgotten desire. You don’t need anyone. Don’t search, don’t hope, don’t dream; and only then, perhaps, you too will learn how to be alone.”

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PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST Director: John Mitchell, Christina Zeidler 2015 | 84 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE Smart, successful, and charming, Elsie is the perfect girlfriend; she also happens to be a serial monogamist, with a long history of broken hearts. When Elsie breaks up with her long-standing girlfriend to pursue another woman, she faces her mother’s disapproval, conflicting advice from friends, and the nagging suspicion that she may have made a big mistake. Festivals & Honors : Jury Award for Best Feature Film, Bloomington Pride Festival, 2015; Frameline Film Festival, USA; Filmfest Homochrom, Germany; Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, Canada; LesGaiCineMad, Spain; John Mitchell is a writer and award-winning director who started his career as one half of the cult 90's musical comedy duo, Brock & John. He has written and directed several musical comedies and was one of the creators and early writers of, The Drowsy Chaperone (originating the role of “The Groom”), which went on to win 5 Tony Awards on Broadway. Christina Zeidler is a Toronto based film and video artist with over thirty short films and video titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television and the web. In, 2003 Christina was named one of Toronto's 10 best Filmmakers by Cameron Bailey (artist director of TIFF) and won the Best Canadian Media Award at the 2004 Images Film Festival.

Film Courtesy: Wolfe Video


May 28

Alliance Française

10.00 am

Repeat Screenings

LOST AND FOUND Director: Zeng Lei 2015 | 34 min | Chinese | China | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Qianbi goes missing on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The Beijing office of Malaysian airlines promises to send the family members of missing passengers a parcel containing search results. Xiangpi, Qianbi’s boyfriend, goes to Qianbi’s hometown Chongqing. He takes a job as a mailman, hoping to intercept the parcel containing information on Qianbi’s fate.

EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT Director: Sandeep Rampal Balhara 2015 | 27 min | Polish with EST | Poland | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE Daniel’s existence carries shadows from the past in the form of queer flashes in his dreams. Dan’s phantasmagoria of opulence and serenity with his lovely wife enters doldrums when mischievous Max is introduced to Daniel.


11.15 am

Alliance Française

May 28

The New Me! (Short Film Package) “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”, said Oscar Wilde and that’s exactly what is reflected in the films in this package. And when one discovers a new oneself it is the romance for a life-time

OUT AGAIN Director: Tai Payne, Greg Chu, Emma McKittrick 2014 | 5 min | English | USA | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Sam attempts to come out to his crush Jordan. After his failure, he discovers an ability to travel through time and fix his mistakes until he can get the “perfect” coming out.

AMAR: DEAF IS AN IDENTITY Director: David Ng 2015 | 5 min | English | Canada | Documentary Short INDIAN PREMIERE Amar Mangat, a queer South Asian person, shares his journey as someone who is also deaf. He explores the intersections between the culture of being a queer person of colour, and the culture of being deaf.

SKIN AND BONE Director: Augustin Lobet 2014 | 9 min | English | Australia | Documentary Short ASIAN PREMIERE A short documentary film which follows the story of someone who has successfully achieved his weightloss dreams through bariatric surgery, but who is unhappy with what he sees in the mirror.



Director: Neil Browne 2015 | 4 min | No Dialogues | Ireland | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE Two new students meet, and become friends. Their fellow students disapprove. ‘Keep Your Head Up’ is a story of love and acceptance.

READ ALOUD Director: Blake Pruitt 2015 | 15 min | English | USA | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE A young editor dreams of being a performer, is pushed into a new creative world by an online hook-up.

ALL CATS ARE PINK IN THE DARK Director: Guillaume Renusson 2015 | 20 min | French with EST | France | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Alice doesn’t feel comfortable with her body. As she gets ready for an internship interview the next day, her mother makes her change her baggy clothes for a tight-fitting skirt suit. Alice can’t take anymore and storms out of her house to get some air. That’s when she meets Lola.

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It’s Complicated (Short Film Package) Repeat Screening See page no.: 42


1.15 pm

Alliance Française

May 28

Paint Me Love (Short Film Package) Love is a diverse emotion that can fill you with happiness and joy. Six short films about the beautiful feeling called love and the 7 Shades of Love.

BETTY Director: Kristiina Kello 2015 | 9 min | English | UK | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE An elderly lady watches the world go by, sharing her life with plants and memories. One day, a newspaper advertisement catches her eye and invites her to explore her past.


(Instante: Andy)

Director: Anto Gamunev 2015 | 7 min | Spanish with EST |Puerto Rico | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE A man has lost his way after his beloved has died, and his niece tries to help him find it back.


(La Orquídea)

Director: Ferran Navarro-Beltrán 2016 | 3 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE A man has something important to tell his son, but can only get through to his voicemail.



Director: Mayur Katariya 2015 | 8 min | English | Australia | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE As a dementia sufferer drifts in and out of her previous lives, she feels the pain and pleasure of her past and current relationships. Either she has lost touch with the reality, or she is closer to the reality than we think.

THIS IS YOU AND ME Director: April Maxey 2015 | 16 min | English | USA | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE One night in Auburn, New York, Marie meets Susie. Sensing each others’ urge for a night of recklessness and spontaneity, the two immediately hit it off. They share a strong connection, but the night takes a turn when Marie triggers an unexpected reaction within Susie.

STACCATO Director: Eoghan McQuinn 2015 | 23 min | English | Ireland | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE Thomas Croydon is busy rehearsing for his piano debut. His attention, however, is divided elsewhere - to the young gardener out in the grounds whom he so desperately wants to keep.


2.45 pm

Alliance Fran莽aise

May 28

ZULEMA Director: Leticia L贸pez 2015 | 11 min | Guarani, Spanish with EST | Paraguay | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE Zulema is a young transsexual looking for something different from sexual work. Thanks to her devotion to the Virgin Mary, she touches the heart of Dona Conche, a fanatical Catholic laundress in search of an assistant. Dona Conche accepts her but she sets a strict rules.

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(Meu Nome É Jacque)

Director: Angela Zoé 2015 | 76 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Documentary Feature | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE The documentary My name is Jacque addresses the diversity through the life story of Jacqueline Rocha Cortes, a Brazilian transsexual woman who has been living with AIDS for 21 out of her 55 years of life. Militant for the cause, Jacque has her life marked by struggles and achievements, becoming a representative of the Brazilian Aids social movement, government and afterwards of the United Nations. Now married and mother of two, Jacque lives in a small town, leading her life dedicated to motherhood and family. By tracking Jacqueline’s daily reality and revisiting her story, this documentary shows the numerous challenges that have been disrupted by this extraordinary character, raising awareness on prejudice, homolesbotransphobia and gender identity.

Angela Zoe is the director of audiovisual production at Documenta Films and has also directed features like Our Stories (2013) and Two Stories (2012) medium length films Milonga (2009) and Dreams Table for TV (2010). She created and directed a UNESCO campaign for the creation and direction of a series on education and several commercials on Violence against Women and UNAIDS. In 2015 she produced the documentary Betinho Hope Equilibrista which won the Redeemer Trophy - Best Popular Vote Documentary at the Rio Film Festival.

4.30 pm

Alliance Française

May 28

Girl Shorts (Short Film Package) Whys should Boys have all the fun? Here’s a collection of nine short films about girls and women, that are emotionally moving, moody, spunky and funny about female longing and belonging.

AGAINST THE NIGHT Director: Anthony Supreme 2014 |4 min | English | USA | Musical Short WORLD PREMIERE In the video, two female lovers stroll through a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Full of fights, smiles, make-outs, and adventures, the video fully embodies famous singer Child Actor’s unique sound of pop and dreamy shoegaze.

STAY OVER Director: Michal Haggiag 2015 | 10 min |Hebrew with EST | Israel | Narrative Short Tal and Tom, two teenage girls and best friends, study for a test, late into the night. It’s a night in which they’ll learn something about themselves as well.


(Entre Les Silences)

Director: Siham Bel and Axel Ducret 2015 | 15 min | French with EST | France | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE When Karine comes home at 6 in the morning, she finds her partner waiting for her. Behind stifling, closed doors the two lovers confront each other.



Director: Cecilia Pérez-Homar 2015 | 13 min | English, Spanish with EST | UK | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE In Puerto Rico, Zoe Taína is about to marry her girlfriend. As she struggles to fit into her grandmother’s old wedding dress, she receives a surprise visit from her mother, who’s been dead since Taína was a newborn.

RUN FOR THE TRUTH Director: Damien Steck 2015 | 21 min | English | USA | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE Run For The Truth tells the heart-wrenching story of a young woman in desperate pursuit of her lover. Struggling with an unaccepting world, these women discover deeper and darker secrets that unravels their perception of truth.

OH, I GET IT Director: Danny Tayara, Sara McCaslin 2015 |9 min | English | USA | Documentary Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Seattle-based queer comedians are changing comedy using their own brand of humour, proving that social change is best served funny.


CARMEN Producer: OTOXO production 2015 | 6 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE A short documentary focused on Tango teacher - Carmen Maria and her mission to change the stereotypical bias from the dance form.

A WOMAN AT A PIANO Director: Golnaz Jamsheed 2013 |2 min | No dialogues | UK | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE Based on a Vermeer painting with the title ‘A Young Woman Seated at the Virginal’, this short film reveals the secret passion of a young woman after being neglected by her dispassionate husband.


(El Masaje)

Director: Rodrigo Canet 2013 |6 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE Two friends have a meeting that could be very special.


May 28

Alliance Française


6.15 pm

(Désirs) Director: Yannick Nolin, Clarissa Rebouças 2015 | 9 min | French with EST | France | Narrative Short | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Charlotte and Marie live a relationship full of desire, but a secret can change everything.

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Director: Fabiano de Souza 2015 | 108 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Feature INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Fabiano de Souza was born in Porto Alegre and has directed films such as The Last Road To The Beach(2010) and the TV series Ocidentes. Currently he is a professor at the Pontifícia Universida de Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) and the coordinator of the cinema course at the same university. He owns the film production company Rainer Cine, based in Porto Alegre

They’re complete opposites. Adri has an Art degree, but lives in that post-graduation limbo. Mona is a chill architect with plans and money to spare. A great passion is born, with the city in the background and the wind blowing the days away. Nine months, nine staircases and nine seasons of love.



Festivals & Honors :

Popular Júri Award for Best Film at Festival de Cinema de Gramado, Brazil, 2015 Festival de Cinema e Cultura da Diversidade Sexual, Brazil, 2015 Festival Nacional de Cinema da Diversidade Sexual, Brazil, 2015


Max Mueller Bhavan May 26-28, 2016

10.00 am

Max Mueller

May 26

BATHROOM BREAK Director: Cecilia Perez-Homar 2015 | 2 min | English | UK | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE During a private moment in the bathroom of his office, Westley considers his deeper desires.

TRANSITION DAY Director: James Sharpe 2015 | 6 min | English | USA | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE A business executive transitions from male to female, and her first day in the office coincides with an emergency board meeting.

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COMING IN Director: Marlies Demeulandre 2015 | 55 min | French with EST | France | Documentary Feature INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Nine people, gays and lesbians working at three companies have agreed to share the stories of their lives at work, stories that until now had rarely been heard and often been kept silent. Aged 20 to 80, from high level executives to office workers, they form a panel of great social, cultural and psychological diversity. From the seventies, our witnesses have developed amazing strategies in order to conform. In a humane and positive way, this documentary deals with being different and feeling judged. Festivals & Honors : 2016 / IRTS Nancy Rencontres documentaires / NANCY, FRANCE 2016 / Festival des cultures LGBT / PARIS, FRANCE 2015 / ChĂŠries ChĂŠris / PARIS, FRANCE


Marlies Demeulandre is a journalist, author, director and producer. After training in journalism, literature and art history, she worked for French television, magazines and digital press. She used to cover society-based topics, art and culture. Since 2009, she has produced and directed short films about emerging social and societal issues.

Max Mueller

May 26

Celebrar Brasil (Short Film Package) This short film package from this year’s Country in Focus: Brazil, brings together the diverse living experiences of Brazilian LGBTQ community in all its splendid glory.

FLOOZY SUZY (Vagabunda de Meia Tigel)


11.15 am

Director: Otavio Chamorro 2015 | 25 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE Jonas John is willing to do anything to seduce the popular guy - even using magic from a cursed book! The love potion will solve two problems: he will get along with the cool guy and get rid of the girl who torments his life. But will the spell work?

THE QUIETNESS (Calmaria) Director: William de Oliveira 2015 | 10 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE The apparent peace of an ordinary day hides a turbulent past that insists on not being left behind.

PAPER AND JEANS (Sobre PapĂŠis) Director: Pedro Paulo de Andrade 2014 | 22 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE 29 year-old Victor dives into his high school years in order to write a letter with an important message to his teenage self.



(Submarino) Director: Rafael Aidar 2014 | 20 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Two years after his partner’s death, Olavo lives an isolated life at 85 years of age. In the solitude of his grief, he ventures into the online world, submerging into a great fantasy between the internet’s public and private spaces.


(Café com Leite) Director: Daniel Ribeiro 2007 | 18 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE Danilo was about to move out of his parent’s house to go live with his boyfriend, Marcos but he becomes responsible for his 10 year-old brother, Lucas. This is one of the early short films made by Daniel Ribeiro, the director of The Way He Looks (Closing Film - KASHISH 2015).


1.00 pm

Max Mueller

Stories From The Edge

May 26

(Short Film Package)

Four stories that are intriguing and illuminating of relationships that are lost and found.

SCARLINES Director: Stephanie Young 2013 | 20 min | English | Canada | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE The story of Jack, a trans-man who returns to his rural hometown for the first time since his transition. During his visit, he reconnects with loved ones who either fail to recognize him or struggle to accept him.

LOST AND FOUND Director: Zeng Lei 2015 | 34 min | Chinese with EST | China | Narrative Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Qianbi goes missing on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. The Malaysian airlines office promises to send the family members a parcel containing search results. Xiangpi, Qianbi’s boyfriend, goes to Qianbi’s hometown, hoping to intercept the parcel containing information on Qianbi’s fate.

SPEAK Director: Marc Saltarelli 2016 | 22 min | English | USA | Narrative Short WORLD PREMIERE Two estranged brothers, one queer and one conservative Christian, are forced to reunite when their mother takes to her bed and refuses to speak.


EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT Director: Sandeep Rampal Balhara 2015 | 27 min | Polish with EST | Poland | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE Daniel’s existence carries shadows from the past in the form of queer flashes in his dreams. Dan’s phantasmagoria of opulence and serenity with his lovely wife enters doldrums when mischievous Max is introduced to Daniel.


3.00 pm

Max Mueller

Family Matters!

May 26

(Short Film Package)

Families are there for you – through thick and thin, ups and downs – but sometimes the journey is not so smooth, when riddled with secrets and shenanigans. Seven films that will touch your heart and reaffirm that Family is what Matters!

VEILED (Schleierhaft) Director: Tim Ellrich 2014 | 14 min | German with EST | Germany, Austria | Short Film | MUMBAI PREMIERE Conflicted with his father’s sexuality Adel tries to find his own tolerance in a traditional world.

VIKTOR Director: Ann Prim 2016 | 11 min | English, Russian with EST | USA | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION An American-Russian family is torn apart by a secret. Their only son Viktor grows increasingly close to his beloved Russian grandmother. Only grandmother Zoya knows his secret.

DINNER CONFESSION (親密告白) Director: Chih-Jen Lin 2015 | 12 min | Mandarin with EST | Taiwan | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE A son confesses his biggest and deepest secret to his caring mom on a normal dinner with his best friend.



Director: Joyene Nazatul 2015 | 17 min | English, Mandarin with EST | Singapore | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE A short film about the relationship between a mother and her queer daughter and how they deal with it in Singapore, a country with its roots very much set within traditional Asian values.

THE OWLS Director: Natalia Bougadellis 2016 | 10 min | Greek with EST | Greece | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Facing the heat of the socio-economic crisis that Greece has been going through, the eldest son of a family is suddenly required to bring food to the table, as both his parents are unemployed. The struggle and hardships of the family remain oblivious to others just like the noiseless flight of owls.

NOW THEY’RE TWO (Ahora Son Dos) Director: Manuel Ayosa 2015 | 19 min | Spanish with EST | Argentina | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE To Agustín, living with his father, an alcoholic and despicable man, is becoming increasingly unbearable, especially when he has something to confess.

LIFE’S A DRAG… Director: Robin Royce Queree 2015 | 8 min | English | Australia | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE Two old drag queens put on make-up for a final show and ponder on life.


4.45 pm

Max Mueller


May 26

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Director: Maria Winther Olsen 2015 | 28 min | Faroese with EST | Denmark, Faroe Islands | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE Julia - the priest’s daughter - falls in love with the beautiful Barbara, who just moved to the island. A story about forbidden love and the impossible choices it leads to.

SANGINI Director: Nancy Nicol 2016 | 46 min | English, Hindi with EST | India, Canada | Documentary Short WORLD PREMIERE Dedicated to Betu Singh, who passed away on October 4, 2013, and to her partner, Maya Shankar; the documentary tells the stories of people who fled their families and sought sanctuary at Sangini, a shelter for lesbian, bi and trans-identified people in Delhi.


May 26

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6.00 pm

WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING Director: Catherine Stewart 2015 | 104 min | South Africa | Narrative Feature INDIAN PREMIERE While You Weren’t Looking is an original story, set in Cape Town. The protagonists are queer people, from all walks of life, whose intertwining tales present a humorous, inventive and dramatic take on contemporary life in South Africa. It is through the eyes and experiences of a cross-section of queers - black, white and coloured, cruisy singles, married couples with children, city and township dwellers, apartheid survivors and born frees, professionals and skollies - that we see the South African contemporary landscape unfold Festivals: Torino LGBT film Festival MIFO LGBT Film Festival, Pink Apple Film festival Frameline LGBT Film Festival

Film Courtesy: The Film Collaborative


Catherine Stewart is a writer-director known for her TV series Transit Café, Home Affairs and The Lab. She attended Columbia University’s MFA Film Program and worked for Tristar/ Columbia’s Feature Film Development Office in New York before returning to South Africa in 1993. In Johannesburg, she lectured at Wits University in screenwriting and directing documentaries for SABC.

10.00 am

Max Mueller

May 27

WEDLOCKED Director: Puppett 2015 | 11.34 min | English | USA | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE Inspired by true stories, three women work their way out of a divorce triangle they never signed up for.Follow Sydney and Cameron on a hilarious journey through this not-so-fictional fable to find out answer to the question…Are You Married Enough (To Get Divorced)?

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HERE COME THE BRIDES - THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN BRAZIL Director: Gabi Torrezani, Fabia Fuzeti 2015 |50 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Documentary Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE A documentary about the history of the same-sex marriage in Brazil. It follows the wedding process of two Brazilian women Fabia and Gabi while also presenting the history of same-sex marriage in the country through interviews with LGBT activists, other gay couples and important political figures. The film celebrates what has been accomplished so far and points out what has to be done to ensure equal rights to same-sex couples and families.

Gabi Torrezani, 24, is graduated in cinema. She works as video producer at her company Gasolina Filmes. In 2015 she lived in Barcelona to take a master degree in Communication at UAB. She is an LGBT activist in Brazil.

Fabia Fuzeti, 40, is a journalist, photographer and videographer. She lives in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil, city where she manages a video production company Gasolina Filmes. She has Directed and co-directed documentaries, experimental videos and videoclipes.


11.15 am

Max Mueller

Proud To Be Me

May 27

(Short Film Package)

‘Lets get beyond the labels, lets be proud of who we are’, that’s what each of the five films in this package seem to say very clearly and effectively.

HOMOGEN (ADMITTING MY DIFFERENCE) Director: Isabelle Courville 2015 |9 min | English, French with EST | Canada | Documentary Short Homogen delivers an intimate portrait of the Quebec gay and lesbian community where youth, parents, allies and dissidents can find real answers to their questions, without shame, judgment or taboo. In this episode, the protagonists talk about coming out and accepting their own self.

BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS Director: Carolina de Azevedo 2014 | 15 min | Portuguese with EST | Brazil | Documentary Short MUMBAI PREMIERE We are born into naked bodies that we strive to dress, decorate and change, in the hopes of reaching authenticity. In Porto Alegre, Brazil, seven people share their thoughts to burst the bubble of a much avoided topic.

I AM WHAT I AM Director: Menaka Bodiya Bandhu 2014 |28 min | English | Sri Lanka | Documentary Short | INDIAN PREMIERE The film consists of interviews with Trans* people in Sri Lanka, their experiences living as people with a different gender identity, the problems they face in Sri Lanka and the hopes they have.



Director: Isabelle Courville 2015 | 11 min | English, French with EST | Canada | Documentary Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE

Homogen delivers an intimate portrait of the Quebec gay and lesbian community where youth, parents, allies and dissidents can find real answers to their questions, without shame, judgment or taboo. In this episode, the protagonists elevate the personal experience to an universal level. In fact, it makes a difference by showing that in the end, there is no difference, after all.

With Repeating Screening

PROJECT INDIAN BRIDE Director: Mujeer Pasha 2015 | 38 min | English, Urdu with EST | India | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION Project Indian Bride is the story of a photographer who wants to do a do a photo-shoot with a transgender and present her as a bride. But his business partner and pregnant wife have issues which cause hurdles in the project.


Max Mueller

May 27

ORIENTED Director: Jake Witzenfeld 2015 | 86 min | Arabic, English, Hebrew with EST | Israel, UK | Documentary Feature Jake Witzenfeld is a British film director and producer. Born and raised in Essex, England, Jake graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies in 2012. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Tel Aviv where he discovered the story that became Oriented. Jake co-founded a creative agency and has launched an international production company with 10 projects in development, both documentary and scripted. Oriented is Jake’s debut film

Oriented follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the IsraelGaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv “darling” from a prominent family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv. Determined to make a change, these three best friends form a non-violent, cultural resistance group (“Qambuta”) making viral content for gender and national equality. While their work may not change the world, it certainly helps them deal with the frustration of living with multi-faceted identities.


1.00 pm


May 27

Max Mueller

Our Voices

3.00 pm (Short Film Package)

What does it mean to be gay, lesbian or transgender person in a country that discriminates and stigmatizes them, pushing them underground. But many brave men and women rise above the challenges and ensure that ‘our voices’ are heard loud and clear.

TRANS’IT Director: Carlos Rodriguez 2015 |34 min | Spanish with EST | Dominican Republic | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Geisha, Thalia and Tommy are three Dominicans who live on the edge of a very constricting male and female binary in the ultra-conservative Dominican Republic. Within the social dynamics, their reality as transgender is often emphasized, which is why, they advocate for social inclusion all Dominican trans* people. An ode to Trans activists in the city of Santo Domingo, and how their lives navigate under their gender identity in a state that does not recognize them.

GHOST EMPIRE § CYPRUS Director: Susan Thomson 2014 | 35 min | English | Cyprus, Ireland, Turkey | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Ghost Empire § Cyprus looks at the numerous recent arrests of gay men in Northern Turkish occupied Cyprus, including even the former Finance Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, under a British colonial law dating from 1889. The film talks to lawyers involved in a case taken to the European Court of Human Rights, and the ultimate repeal of the law in January 2014.

NORMALCY Director: V. Ramanathan 2015 | 16 min | Tamil with EST | India | Documentary Short | WORLD PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION This film is about a normal life of a transgender person as a home maker, wife and student.

Repeat Screening


4.45 pm

Max Mueller

May 27


Director: André Schäfer, Oliver Bätz 2014 | 52 min | English | Germany, USA | Documentary Feature INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE On June 28, 1969, the New York Police Department conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. To the surprise of the policemen, the partying bar patrons decided to defend themselves and fought back. Today, this incident is celebrated in a series of colourful and flamboyant parties in cities all over the world. Five Days in New York takes the viewers back to the origins of the gay pride movement in New York City. At the same time, the film also takes a closer look at what goes on behind the scenes of the New York Pride March, which is one of the cities greatest parties as well as one of the largest political events in New York City. Festivals & Honors : Prize, Felix-Rexhausen-Award 2015, Germany André Schäfer has a degree in History and Journalism from the Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversität, Munich and the German School of Journalism, Munich. He has been a freelance journalist for Die Zeit, Frankfurter Rundschau, KölnerStadtanzeiger and taz. Since 1992, he has been a freelance director for WDR, ARD, stern TV, 3sat, ZDF and ARTE. He also served as the editor for the Kulturaktuell series (Culture Today) of the WestdeutscherRundfunk in Cologne. He’s the partner of FLORIANFILM GmbH, Cologne since 2002 Oliver Bätz, studied Librarianship and Economics in Cologne, Germany. Since 1999 editorial assistant for various TV magazines of German Public Broadcasting Company WDR. Freelance TV author for WDR and ARTE. Head of production for many documenatries of FLORIANFILM GMBH. Lives in Cologne, Germany.


May 27

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6.30 pm


(Fu Guo) Director: Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi 2015 | 19 min | Chinese with EST | China, Spain | Short Film | ASIAN PREMIERE A young Chinese guy, Xiao Cheng asks for help from his friend Fiona and her lover Lola to resolve a big problem - the guy with whom he spent the afternoon is dead from a drug overdose.

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NAZ & MAALIK Director: Jay Dockendorf 2015 | 86 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature

Jay Dockendorf is a writer, director and composer. Naz & Maalik is his first narrative feature. His short documentary Vigilante Copy Editor (2013) was a featured Op-Doc of The New York Times. He co-composed the music for Naz & Maalik with Adam Gunther. Winner of Tribeca Film Institute’s IWC Filmmaker Award for Naz & Maalik, Jay has two more features in development with producers Margaret Katcher and Jacob Albert.

Over the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

Festivals & Honors : Tribeca Film Institute’s IWC Filmmaker Award in 2014 Best Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature, Outfest South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas Outfest, Los Angeles Frameline LGBT Film Festival Miami LGBT Film Festival

Film Courtesy: The Film Collaborative


May 28

Max Mueller

10.00 am

My Child, My Pride

(Short Film Package)

Most of us struggle to come out to our parents fearing what they would think, how would they react. But maybe the fears are unfounded, as parents could be really accepting. Five films that speak of parental love, which is one of the most crucial part of this year’s theme ‘7 Shades of Love’

LITTLE ELEPHANT Director: Kate Jessop 2015 | 5 min | UK | Animation Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE A film about love over three generations. Rahila, a queer mother reflects on her severed relationship with her dad. Elsewhere a father, Ravinder reminisces about the things he used to do with his daughter. The film ends with Rahila anticipating introducing her daughter to her dad.

RAISING OWEN: A GENDERQUEER LOVE STORY Director: Meg Brown 2015 | 9 min | English | USA | Documentary Short INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE One family’s story of love and affection, and raising a gender-queer child.


(彩虹老爸) Director: Popo Fan 2016 | 20 min | Chinese with EST | China | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE In China, most families have difficulties facing their lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) children. The documentary ‘Pink Dads’ features four Chinese fathers who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their LGBT children.


PINK BOY Director: Eric Rockey 2015 | 15 min | USA | Documentary Short ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION An intimate, 15-minute portrait of a gendercreative boy growing up in conservative rural Florida. BJ, a butch lesbian, avoids dresses her entire life until she adopts Jeffrey, who dances in gowns for his parents at home. As he now wishes to dress in public, BJ must navigate where Jeffrey, age six, is safe in conservative rural Florida.

IT’S NOTHING! (No Es Nada!) Director: Jose Antonio Cortes 2015 | 13 min | Spanish with EST | Spain | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION A mother finds out that her son is being bullied at the school for being gay, and she decides to talk about it with him in order to confront it.


May 28

Max Mueller

11.15 am

Hello Stranger

(Short Film Package)

Two strangers meet for a brief while, but there are those sparks which fly, or an emotion that is touched. Seven heart-warming films about how a meeting can change your life, even for a moment!

MIRROR Director: Panha S. Theng 2015 | 11 min | Burmese with EST | Myanmar | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE The film is a short illustration of the contrasting human nature, of how we are forced to build layers and layers of false self-expressions in order to fit into the society.

PIECE OF NAAN Director: Rijaa Nadeem 2015 | 12 min | Urdu with EST | Pakistan, USA | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE Living as an outcast within a conservative religious society, Rafi is a transvestite who earns a living through begging and selling his body. He meets Nadia who grew up in the upper class of society however is forced into sex-work by her bankrupt father.

DAWN Director: Jake Graf 2016 | 13 min | English | UK | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun begins to rise, and the veil of night is lifted, the pair is forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it.


Director: Karim Boukhari 2015 | 19 min | No Dialogue | Morocco | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE


(La Perruque)

A random afternoon, a movie theater lost within the noises of Casablanca. A young man buys a ticket, enters the cinema and dresses as a woman. But nothing goes as planned.

Director: Ben Oliver 2013 | 4 min | English | Canada | Narrative Short INDIAN PREMIERE


A young, gay man is fixated on seeing the world through a well-known social media smart phone app, until his fantasy world is interrupted by reality.

THE DEFINITION OF LONELY Director: Leon Lopez 2015 | 12 min | English | UK | Narrative Short ASIAN PREMIERE A dog brings two unlikely strangers together. A film that examines ideas of loneliness and hope.


(Mørke Rum)

Director: Peter Ahlén Lavrsen 2015 | 26 min | Denmark | Narrative Short MUMBAI PREMIERE When Sebastian meets his online acquaintance Jacob in an unexpected surrounding an unconventional love story blooms that centers on meetings in a seedy club.


May 28

Max Mueller

1.00 pm

Love That Hurts

(Short Film Package)

Love is healing, but many a times it is also hurting. Six films that delve deep into the heart and unearth hidden emotions for that someone special, about the love that hurts.


(Ringen) Director: Manuel Meinhardt 2015 | 5 min | No Dialogue | Germany | Narrative Short | WORLD PREMIERE Mo and his training partner are having an intense boxing match, when they get into a clinch for a moment and pause. What happens inside of Mo is now shown in an abstract way.

FROM HIM Director: Ben Laor 2014 | 18 min | Hebrew with EST | Israel | Narrative Short | INDIAN PREMIERE Oren is a young dancer who is dealing with the loss of the person closest to him - the one he loved. He is trying to find closure while dealing with the prejudice and accusations thrown at him.

ECSTASY Director: Kyle Reaume 2015 | 5 min | English | Canada | Narrative Short | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Sam would do anything to be touched by his former lover once more - even if it means getting violent.


Director: Benjamin Wacksmann 2013 | 18 min | French with EST | France | Narrative Short | ASIAN PREMIERE


Elderly Jean-Marc invites young Simon, for dinner in his Parisian apartment. After an initially warm meeting, they discover each other’s expectations, creating a mounting tension throughout the evening.

Director: Patricia Howell 2015 | 27 min | Spanish with EST | Costa Rica | Narrative Short | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE



Ana has been married for 30 years when she meets by accident the only love she ever had. The impact of this encounter makes her become aware of what she lost.

A TALE WITH CHRIST AND JESUS Director: Oldren Romero 2015 | 30 min | Spanish with EST | Cuba | Narrative Short | MUMBAI PREMIERE Christ is a lonely young man who has not overcome the loss of his mother and the memories of a sad childhood. Jesus still lives with his parents, with an intolerant overprotective mother. Their lives are disparate, but they form a bond that is intimate.


May 28

Max Mueller

3.00 pm

Troubled Voices

(Short Film Package)

Four films from countries where coming out as a gay, lesbian, transgender person is perilous and many-a-times life threatening. But some brave youngsters still raise their voice for equality, justice and the right to be who they are.

KRY Director: Ylvaa Johansson 2013 | 15 min | English, Turkish with EST | Turkey | Documentary Short | INDIAN PREMIERE Three young people tell their stories of growing up in a society where being yourself and loving who you want to love can be difficult. In their own different ways they fight to make a change.

ROTTEN Director: Mehmet Selcuk Bilge 2015 | 18 min | Turkish with EST | Turkey | Documentary Short | ASIAN PREMIERE In Turkey one has to “prove” his/her sexual orientation in order to avoid military service. If one is as feminine as they want, one can get a mental disorder report which means that the person is ROTTEN.


(‫)ف رار ما از ای ران‬

Director: Veyron Pax 2015 | 13 min | Farsi with EST | Iran, Turkey | Documentary Short | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION A short performative documentary about 6 LGBT Iranian refugee in Turkey, in a form of a peaceful message for fighting against homophobia.


Director: Igal Hecht 2016 | 47 min | Arabic, English, Hebrew with EST | Canada | Documentary Short WORLD PREMIERE | IN COMPETITION


The internal struggle of the LGBTQ Palestinian community is constant and often overshadowed by the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The film tells the story of three LGBTQ Arab Palestinians who have chosen to be who they are despite living in a society that refuses to accept them and shuns their true identity.


May 28

Max Mueller

4.45 pm

MAJOR! Director: Annalise Ophelian 2015 | 91 min |USA | Documentary Feature MUMBAI PREMIERE Major! Explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major GriffinGracy, a 73-year old formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans-women of colour for over 40 years. She is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison. At the heart of Major! is a social justice framework that puts the subjects at the center of their story, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Festivals & Honors : Winner, Best Documentary, QFest NJ Digital Film & Media Festival; Audience and Jury Prizes, Best Documentary, Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival, Boston; Winner, Best U.S. Documentary, Queer Hippo International LGBT Film Festival, Houston TX; Public Choice Award for Best Film TRANSlations Transgender Film Festival Opening Night, Massimadi Afrocaribbean LGBT Film and Arts Festival Montreal, Canada, Seattle WA; Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto Canada; OUTEast Queer Film Festival, Halifax Nova Scotia; Atlanta LGBT Film and Music Festival, Atlanta GA; 2016 screenings; QFest, St. Louis MO; GayCharlotte Film Festival, Charlotte NC; PATOIS Human Rights Film Festival, New Orleans LA; Prisoners Justice Film Festival, London Ontario Canada; Bangalore Queer Film Festival Bangalore, India; San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Castro Theater


Annalise Ophelian (producer/director) is a white, queeridentified cis woman, psychologist, consultant, and documentary filmmaker whose work includes Diagnosing Difference (2009).

StormMiguel Florez (co-producer/ editor) is a Xicano transgender musician and multi-media artist. He is the owner of Bad Flower Productions, providing services to queer and trans artists of color to help bring their creative projects to life.

6.30 pm

Max Mueller


May 27

(Lazzaro Vieni Fuori)

Director: Lorenzo Caproni 2015 | 14 min | Italian with EST | Italy | Narrative Short The re-enactment of the ‘Raising of Lazarus’ has been organized at a parish; and a new boy joins in. However, for these young people “raising” can also mean transforming oneself and casting off hypocrisy.

Followed by


HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Director: Stephen Cone 2015 | 87 min | English | USA | Narrative Feature

Henry has a bit of a problem. His father is an Evangelical preacher, but Henry isn’t likely to follow in his footsteps. It seems like he has feelings for other boys that could put him on a dangerous collision course with his family and their beliefs. Things reach a fever pitch at Henry’s birthday party, as the outdoor pool fills up with chlorine, friends, and mounting tension. Henry’s parents have their own struggles, wrestling with the fallout of a particularly difficult incident that drives a wedge between them and their friends. Festivals & Honors: Q Hugo Award, Silver Plaque - Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature - Shout Film Festival, Birmingham AL

Film Courtesy: The Film Collaborative


Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker, educator and actor. His awardwinning, criticallyacclaimed feature film The Wise Kids (2011) screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide, won 8 awards, including the Outfest Grand Jury Prizes for Outstanding US Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting, received rave reviews, including a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His other features include In Memoriam and Black Box. As an actor/producer, Stephen starred in and produced Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s narrative film debut Ellie Lumme and was recently featured on Showtime’s Shameless.

Festival Team Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan Director of Programming Saagar Gupta Co-organiser: The Humsafar Trust Pallav Patankar – Director Vivek Anand – CEO

Director of Communications & Operations Shibu Thomas

Production Controller Atul Chavare

Theater & Events Administrator (Liberty) Pearl Daruwalla

Catalog Program Notes Saagar Gupta Abhra Das

Registration Co-ordinator Chandresh Mehta

Catalog Design Yogesh Jahagirdar

Venue Co-ordinators Koninika Roy (Alliance Francaise) Dicky Baruah (Max Mueller)

Website Design Sandeepan Kumar

Jury Co-ordinator Abhra Das Opening & Closing Co-ordinators Richa Vashisht Koninika Roy

Website Editor Shibu Thomas Technical Advisors Abhijeet Rao Harvi Arora Sanjay Thakur

Panel Co-ordinators Abhra Das Urmi Jadhav Hospitality & Guest Co-ordinator Aroon Nair Production Co-ordinator Bhushan Kulkarni


Festival Partners & Associates KASHISH is grateful to our corporate partners and organizations that have supported us to make this year’s festival happen. Our heartfelt thanks to all of them.

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Friends of KASHISH KASHISH thanks the following individuals who made a financial contribution to the festival this year. Every contribution is greatly appreciated.

Animesh Bahadur David Williamson Hrishi Sathawane Jay Shah Nitin Kale Animesh Bahadur Mayuresh Tapale Kashyap P L Balachandran Ramiah Abhay Kulkarni Parag Pradhan Joe Zachariah Savio Mascarenhas Harpreet Singh Vickey Shekri Sinha Jvlr Arun Lakra Pradeep Divgikar Sushil N Kharade Piyush Upadhyay Pratap Paralkar Parag Dedhia Marc Saltarelli Ivan John Dharmarajan M Pradeep Jain Nitin Karani Vachan Kudmule Anurag Kalia Francois Fsv Niraj Singh Rob Williams Reid Waterer Shailendra Kadam Harish Iyer Chloe Dsouza Dhruv Ambegaokar


Shyam Konnur Abhishek Koli Hrishi Sathawane Sushil Narsian Nawazesh Irani Nawazesh Irani Kedar Champhekar D-J Haanraadts Jenni Olson Suraj Shetty Pranav Joshi Hemangi Oza Pankaj Sapkal

List of Films Narrative Feature

Akron - 74 Aligarh - 65 Beautiful Something - 52 Better Half - 71 Boys In Brazil - 56 Carol - 32 Daddy - 39 Dunno Y 2... Life Is A Moment - 55 Eunuch (Koti) - 41 Front Cover - 67 Gay (Magizhvan) - 51 Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party - 134 Heterosexual Jill - 44 How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) - 61 I Am Not He, She… (Nanu Avanalla, Avalu…) - 54 I Love You. Thank You - 84 Naz & Maalik - 123 Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist - 91 Reaching For The Moon - 66 Shared Rooms - 46 Those People - 76 Two Girls Descending The Stairs - 103 While You Weren’t Looking - 114

Documentary Feature

An Act Of Love - 83 Coming In - 106 Five Days In New York - Gay Pride On The Hudson River - 121 Here Come The Brides - The Same-Sex Marriage In Brazil - 116 Major! - 132 My Name Is Jacque (Meu Nome É Jacque) 98 Oriented - 119 Pansy! - 49 Tab Hunter Confidential - 70 Welcome Home - 79

Documentary Short

The 101 Transgender Project - 86 Aavahan - Voices From The Fringe - 62 All About Love - 26 Amar: Deaf Is An Identity - 93 Anjali: How Long Can Someone Live In Other’s Skin - 34 Beyond The Looking Glass - 117 Bread Of Life - 82 Carmen - 101 Dancing Queens: It’s All About Family - 63 Equal Justice Under Law - 47 The Gay Bombay Talent Show - 86 Ghost Empire § Cyprus - 120 God’s Mistake (BožjaNapaka) - 87 Hiraeth - 63 Homogen (Admitting My Difference) - 117 Homogen (Loving Your Difference) - 118 I Am What I Am - 117 In The Hollow - 81 In The Mood For Love - 57 Just Another Love Story - 57 Kry - 130 My Child Is Gay, I Am Happy - 50 Normalcy - 120 Oh, I Get It - 100 Pink Boy - 125 Pink Dads - 124 Portraits From Mykonos - 87 Pride And Prejudice And Pandemonium - 47 Raising Owen: A Genderqueer Love Story 124 Rotten - 130 Sangini - 113 Shunned - 131 Skin And Bone - 93 That’s My Boy - 63 Transindia - 34 Trans’it - 120 Walking The Walk - 47


Where The Blue Lotus Blooms… - 62 Who’s That Girl? - 86 Why We Ran From Iran - 130

Narrative Short

An Afternoon (En Eftermiddag) - 88 Against The Night - 99 All Cats Are Pink In The Dark - 94 Any Other Day - 73 Back Again (De Vuelta) - 36 Baggage - 90 Bathroom Break - 105 Bed Buddies - 45 Benjamin - 78 Betty - 95 Between Silences (Entre Les Silences) - 99 Bits + Pieces: Andy - 95 Blind Date - 36 Buddy - 35 Chariot Riders - 88 Clinch (Ringen) - 128 Closets - 80 The Cricket And The Ant (La Cigale Et La Fourmi) - 36 Dawn - 126 Dear Drew - 88 The Definition Of Lonely - 127 Desires (Désirs) - 102 Dinner Confession (親密告白) - 111 Easy Reappearance (Résurgence Commode) - 69 Ecstasy - 128 Everything’s Alright - 92 Falling Angels - 113 Family Values - 68 Floating Melon (Fu Guo) - 122 Floozy Suzy (Vagabunda De MeiaTigel) - 107 Flor De Chasna - 89 Forgetfulness - 96 From Him - 128


He Who Has Two Souls - 58 Hole - 81 How To Be Alone - 90 In Return - 129 Inner Jellyfishes - 60 Into The Details - 89 It’s Nothing! (No Es Nada!) - 125 Johanna - 42 Julie - 42 Julie - 89 Keep Your Head Up - 94 Lazarus Come Out (Lazzaro Vieni Fuori) - 133 Left To Their Senses - 35 Lethargy - 85 Life’s A Drag… - 112 Little Elephant - 124 Lost And Found - 92 Lost Years (Los Años Perdidos) - 48 Manam - 73 The Massage (El Masaje) - 101 Mirror - 126 Mirrors - 80 Mx. Pink - 35 No Matter Who (A Qui La Faute) - 59 Now They’re Two - 112 Nxs - 43 Obsession - 127 The Orchid (La Orquídea) - 95 Out Again - 93 The Owls - 112 Paper And Jeans (Sobre Papéis) - 107 Perpetual (Mørke Rum) - 127 Piece Of Naan - 126 Project Indian Bride – 33 The Quietness (Calmaria) - 107 Read Aloud - 94 Roxanne - 80 Run For The Truth - 100 San Cristóbal - 37 Sandclock - 72

Sauna The Dead - A Fairy Tale - 59 Scarlines - 109 Setting Them Straight - 68 She And I - 42 She-Wolves (Lobas) - 129 Speak - 109 Spoken In Jest (Entre Broma Y Broma) - 68 Spunkle - 69 Staccato - 96 Stay Over - 99 Submarine (Submarino) - 108 A Tale With Christ And Jesus - 129 Technical Difficulties Of Intimacy - 85 That One Night - 72 This Is You And Me - 96 The Threshold (Daaravtha) - 73 To Mum (Love, Me) - 112 Tom In America - 58 Trade Queen - 59 Transition Day - 105 Tri-Curious - 58 Untold Unheard Story (Unkahi Unsuni Kahani) - 72 Veiled (Schleierhaft) - 111 Vessels - 81 Viktor - 111 Want It - 89 We Could Be Parents (Vi Skulle Bli Bra Föräldrar) - 85 Wedlocked - 115 Weird Is Who’s Not Weird (Raro El Que No Es Raro) - 38 The Wig (La Perruque)- 127 A Woman At A Piano - 101 Women In Vaivén - 100 You. Me. Bathroom. Sex. Now - 69 You, Me And Him (Café Com Leite) - 108 Zulema - 97


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