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Contents Foreword & Festival Vision Message from Festival Patron Advisory Board Jury Members Films in Competition Poster Competition Awards Country Focus - China Cinemax - May 22 - Opening Night Film Cinemax - May 23 Cinemax - May 23 - Filmmaker in Focus Cinemax - May 23 - Country Focus Inaugural Feature Cinemax - May 24 Cinemax - May 24 - Centerpiece Narrative Feature Cinemax - May 25 Cinemax - May 25 - Centerpiece Documentary Feature Cinemax - May 26 Cinemax - May 26 - Closing Night Film Alliance Franรงaise - May 23 Alliance Franรงaise - May 24 Alliance Franรงaise - May 24 - Centerpiece Narrative Feature Alliance Franรงaise - May 25 Alliance Franรงaise - May 25 - Centerpiece Documentary Feature Allied Events Festival Team Festival Partners & Associates Friends of KASHISH List of Films Notes Festival Schedule

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Foreword “I am delighted and proud to welcome everyone to KASHISH 2013.

Sridhar Rangayan Festival Director

This year’s festival offers the biggest collection of films so far – 132 films from 40 countries – and we also have several very interesting panel discussions and filmmaker interface sessions. Interestingly, this year there are films from countries like Iran, Serbia, Pakistan, Morocco, UAE, China and Uganda where not only making queer films is extremely challenging, but also living openly as a queer person. Showing their films at KASHISH is our way of saluting these brave people. The growth and spread of KASHISH has been phenomenal. We are in our fourth year and there are a lot more expectations. It will be a challenge to ensure that we balance awareness and entertainment to provide a diverse range of programs for our audiences. KASHISH is no more just a film festival, but an annual cultural experience, and we hope to live up to it.”

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. Kashish means ‘attraction or allurement’ in Urdu. Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival created history in April 2010 by holding the first ever queer film festival in India in a mainstream theatre and receive clearance from the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH today is one of the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festivals in India and South Asia. It is a landmark event, not only in the LGBTQ movement, but also an important annual event in Mumbai’s cultural calendar. This year the festival will showcase 132 films from 40 countries.  “Towards Change” we march!


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Message from Festival Patron

Shyam Benegal “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 KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is honoured and privileged to have the renowned filmmaker and eminent advocate of good cinema Mr.Shyam Benegal as our Festival Patron. Shyam Benegal is a prolific Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976), Bhumika (1977) and Susman (1987) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the “parallel cinema” in India although he himself has expressed dislike in the term preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema. He won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times. He has also won the Golden Palm at Cannes for Nishant in 1976, the Golden Bear at Berlinale for Ankur in 1974 and numerous other international awards. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August 2007, he was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005. Shyam Benegal is the Chairman of the extremely popular Mumbai Film Festival organized by MAMI.

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Advisory Board

Nandini Sardesai


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 .

Dolly Thakore

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.

Shernaz Patel

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.

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Roy Wadia

Jenni Olson

David Gere

Meghna Ghai Puri

Roy Wadia is Executive Director of Heroes Project, the HIV communications and advocacy NGO that is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan programme. 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 AsiaPacific 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.

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.

Professor David Gere is the Director of the Art and Global Health Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Professor of Arts Activism in the Department of World Arts and Cultures. He is also Co-Director (with Gideon Mendel) of Through Positive Eyes, a participatory photography project featuring people living with HIV/AIDS around the world. His book How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS received the award for outstanding book publication from the US Congress on Research in Dance. He founded MAKE ART/STOP AIDS, a network of artists throughout the world who are working to intervene in the AIDS epidemic.

Meghna Ghai Puri is the President of Whistling Woods International. Promoted by filmmaker Subhash Ghai, 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.

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Jury Members KASHISH 2013 is proud, privileged and delighted to bring together a Jury Panel of eminent and acclaimed film and media personalities to judge the competitive categories.

Aruna Raje

Simone Singh


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Aruna Raje, one of the top women directors of her generation has always been a trendsetter. Having passed out of FTII with a gold medal in 1969, she was the first trained woman technician in the industry. She co-edited many films including Giddh and Masoom. As a filmmaker, her repertoire of critically acclaimed films like Rihaee, Sitam, Gehrayee, Shaque, Tum: A Dangerous Obsession and Bhairavi have constantly questioned sexuality and the space for women in Indian society. Having worked with the best talents in Indian film industry including Shabana Azmi, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Manisha Koirala, Naseeruddin Shah and Amrish Puri; she has given each of her films her own individualistic stamp. Her documentaries Mallika Sarabhai, A New Paradigm have won National Awards. She has served on several international juries and was the Chairperson of non-fiction jury for the 56th National Awards (2008) and the most recent 80th National Awards (2012).

Film and television actor Simone Singh made her debut in India’s first English television serial A Mouthful of Sky followed by popular TV series Sea Hawks and Swabhiman. She earned laurels for her role as the lead in the popular television serial Heena. The lure of the silver screen saw her test her acting chops in films like Being Cyrus, while also playing important roles in blockbusters like Kal Ho Na Ho and Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham and international productions like Marigold. Her other films include Rann, Sur, Ek Rishtaa and Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya. She has served on the jury of the first International Emmy awards that was held in India. Simone Singh is also a favourite of the fashion paparazzi for her quirky style statements on the red carpet.

Jerry Pinto

Quasar Thakore Padamsee

Berwyn Rowlands

Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based journalist, poet, author and an important voice in Indian writing in English today with a liberal arts degree from Elphinstone College and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai; His debut novel Em and the Big Hoom, won the Hindu Literary Prize. His book Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb on popular yesteryear’s Bollywood actor Helen won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema. Jerry Pinto has been a consulting editor for Man’s World magazine and Time Out. He has also coauthored Leela: A Portrait with Leela Naidu. He has authored a collection of poems, Asylum and Other Poems and co-edited Confronting Love, a book of contemporary Indian love poetry in English and Bombay Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai.

Quasar Thakore Padamsee is a theatre director based in Bombay. Graduating from St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, he dabbled in advertising before turning to theatre full time. He works primarily with outfit QTP, directing, producing and creating theatre works with a conscience. He is also one of the founders of youth theatre movement Thespo which is now in its 15th year. Some of his plays include So Many Socks, Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and Project S.T.R.I.P. He was also the Assistant Director of Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has absolutely NO interest in making films, but plenty of interest in watching them.

Berwyn Rowlands is a Welsh Internationalist who has 25 years’ experience in film and events with a significant track record of turning artistic and strategic vision into reality. He has produced content which has been broadcast on BBC, ITV and S4C as well as projects for BBC Radio 2. He has also served on film award juries and is regularly asked to talk about film and gay rights on TV and radio. In 2006 he founded the Festivals Company which among many high profile projects also runs the Iris Prize, which gives out the world’s largest lesbian and gay short film prize. In April 2013, the Iris Prize was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II of England at a reception for the British Film Industry.

(Additional Jury for the Riyad Wadia Award for Emerging Indian Filmmakers)

Roy Wadia

Roy Wadia is Executive Director of Heroes Project, the HIV communications and advocacy NGO that is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Avahan programme. He is also the Director of Wadia Movietone , which instituted an award at KASHISH for the Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker in memory of his younger brother, late filmmaker and gay activist Riyad Wadia.

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Films in Narrative Features 1














Documentary Shorts

International Narrative Shorts




Documentary Features Narrative Features 1) Angels 2) Morgan 3) R/Evolve 4) A Perfect Ending Documentary Features

1) ... And The Unclaimed 2) Hide And Seek 3) The Invisible Men 4) Not A Man In Sight Documentary Shorts 1) Beyond Binary

2) Two Girls Against The Rain 3) The Lala Road 4) LONDON LONDON ......... International Narrative Shorts 1) A Backside Approach

2) The Blessed 3) The Empty Nest 4) Ha( r ) d To Say 5) Holden 6) Homophobia



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Indian Films for Riyad Wadia Award 11



Indian Narrative Shorts

7) House For Sale 8) Jackpot 9) Kiss Me 10) Performance Anxiety 11) The Plan

12) Polaroid Girl 13) Remember To Breathe 14) Sabbatical 15) What You Looking At? Indian Narrative Shorts

1) In Some Moments.. 2) Lonely 3) The Reel and The Real 4) Urmi Indian Films for Riyad Wadia Award 1) Beyond Binary

2) Curtains 3) Dopehri 4) In Some Moments.. 5) Lonely Walls 6) Reminiscence of Ether 7) Rendezvous

Poster Competition India’s top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks picked the winner for the KASHISH 2013 Poster Contest. The contest to design the official poster for the upcoming 4th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival saw a record number of entries from professional and amateur designers as well as design school students from across India and several other countries too. Mumbai-based graphic designer Prachi Patil-Kotkar’s art work was chosen as the winning design.

Wendell Rodricks

Prachi PatilKotkar

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

Prachi, who graduated from Sophia Polytechnic, and works as a senior visualiser, illustrator and animator, said participating in the contest was a great experience to remember. ``Receiving this wonderful award is such an amazing honour and I would like to thank the KASHISH team for giving me such a great opportunity,’’ said Prachi. Explaining the concept behind the poster, Prachi said that the backdrop was meant to reflect the ``colourful waves, which represent a churning of dreams in the ocean of life. The five ``victory signs’’ reflect diversity - we may come from different places, have different languages, individualities, dreams and desires, but when we come together, we change and become a thing of beauty like the star’’

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


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Awards Best Narrative Feature The highest award at KASHISH is given to the best narrative feature. This category includes Indian and International films made in 2012/2013 and having their Indian Premier at KASHISH. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper and cash award of Rs.30,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares – The School for Actors Best Documentary Feature The best documentary feature award category includes Indian and International films made in 2012/2013 and having their Indian Premier at KASHISH. It carries a trophy and a gift hamper. Best Documentary Short The best documentary short award category includes Indian and International films made in 2012/2013 which are of 40 minutes or lesser, and having an Indian Premier at KASHISH. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper and a free 3 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips. Best International Narrative Short International narrative short films made in 2012/2013 and having their Indian Premier at KASHISH compete for this award, which carries a trophy and a gift hamper. Best Indian Narrative Short Indian narrative short films made in 2012/2013 and having their Indian Premier at KASHISH compete for this award, which carries a trophy, a gift hamper, a free 3 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips and Rs.20,000 cash award sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares – The School for Actors. 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 compete for this award which carries a trophy, a gift hamper, a free 3 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips and Rs.15,000 cash award sponsored by Wadia Movietone. Best Actor A new category introduced this year - Best performance by an actor (male or female) in any of the features or shorts that are part of the competitive categories above. The award carries a gift hamper and trophy sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares – The School for Actors.

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Country Focus - China

A Chinese rainbow will rise at KASHISH 2013! The country focus at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival this year is China. A package of cutting edge and path breaking queer films from China – where homosexuality is still a taboo – will be screened at India’s and South Asia’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival. This specially curated package will showcase three narrative features and three documentaries from mainland China and Hong Kong.   Simon Chung’s highly acclaimed feature Speechless set in a remote part of Southern China will be the opening film of this year’s Country in Focus package. Hong Kong based indie filmmaker Simon Chung’s movies are known for exploring both a Western perspective of China as well as a Chinese perspective of the West. With his latest film, Speechless, he once again effortlessly manages to marry both, and offers an unpredictable story with a fascinating view of contemporary gay life in mainland China. Graupel Poetry is about the complicated relationship between two young men who come to the city to pursue dreams of becoming successful actors. Hong Kong digital visual artist Bruce X. Saxway’s debut feature bristles with raw emotions and unspoken words that imbue the film with an unusual edginess.  The Chinese package also includes the evergreen classic Lan Yu by renowned filmmaker Stanley Kwan. Set against the backdrop of the Tiananmen Square


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uprising and throbbing with sensuality, the film is about a successful businessman’s relationship with a young student, where infidelity and political situation form barriers to a beautiful epic love affair. Popo Fan’s documentary feature Mama Rainbow tells the story of six mothers from across mainland China using their love to overcome prejudice and difficulties and create happy families. Popo Fan, who is at the festival to present his film says, “I had the idea of making this film three years ago, but I felt it was ‘impossible’! But China has developed so fast, now we could finally make it, with six mothers ‘coming out’ together with their children. From their stories, we found out how important communication is - it does not matter if it’s to a gay audience or straight audience!” Completing the Chinese focus are the short films - Strong by prolific Chinese filmmaker and documentarian Xiaogang Wei and The Lala Road by Letitia Lamb.

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Cinemax May 22-26


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Opening Night Film


May 22 9.30 pm

The Parade (Parada) 2011 Narrative Feature 115 min Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia SerboCroatian with EST Indian Premiere

In Serbia, a country known for its homophobic atmosphere, a group of gay activists decide to hold a Pride Parade. They strike a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theatre director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride Parade. It’s a tall order: previous attempts to march met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads.A humorous, satirical film that uses clichés and subverts them to drive home a rollickingly shrewd and humane comedic take on a vital human rights issue. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Berlinale Film Festival Panorama Audience Award 2012 Torino GLBT Film Festival Audience Award 2012 Cinema City International Film Festival, Serbia, Audience Award 2012 FIPRESCI Prize for Best Feature Film in 2011, Serbia 2012 Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine 2012 Transylvania International Film Festival, Romania 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA 2013 Amsterdam GLFF 2013 Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Director: Srdjan Dragojevic

Srdjan Dragojevic born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) in 1963; studied clinical psychology at the University of Belgrade and film at the University of Arts in Belgrade. His debut feature, We Are Not Angels, won nine awards (out of fourteen nominations) at the 1992 Crystal Prism Awards, Yugoslavia’s Academy Awards. His fifth feature, Saint George Shoots The Dragon, won Best Artistic Contribution at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009. The Parade is his sixth feature film.

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May 23 10.00 am

2012 Documentary Short


Beyond The Team Director:

Tim Kulikowski

14 min USA English Discouraged as teenagers by the macho world of soccer, a diverse group of gay men in San Francisco ultimately find something more encompassing than a place to play soccer: camaraderie, an extended family, political refuge and love. The film unfolds around a group of disheartened men overcoming their fears, experiencing the power of community, creating a family and regaining self-confidence. Preceded by

Towards Change - I From invisibility to visibility, discrimination to acceptance – the queer community all over the world has come a long way. In sync with the theme of the festival this year - TOWARDS CHANGE, this package of six stirring short films from USA, Finland and India echoes the voices of change from the community, for the community! 2012 Experimental Short 3 min

The Queen Of My Dreams Director: Ryan Logan Fawzia Mirza

USA English, Hindi


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Inspired by one of her favorite songs as a child, “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani…” (The Queen of My Dreams) from the film, Aradhana, Fawzia looks back on growing up, struggling to come out as queer, and realizing that she no longer has to weigh her dreams against those that were pre-fabricated for her… she can construct her own.

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Me Director: Adolfo R. Mora

3.30 min USA English Me explores the complexity of the self through the metaphor of a broken mirror. Just like a broken mirror, which can give fragmental reflections but cannot complete a reflection, the narrative reiterates that the self is also not only composed of socially accepted selves but of taboo identities as well. 2013 Narrative Short

Curtains Director: Nakshatra

7 min

Filmmaker in Attendance

India English

World Premiere

2012 Musical Short

Why do people use curtains on their windows? Is it to hide their lives from snooping eyes or to hide their own insecurities about the revelation of their true self? This film talks about coming out of those dark curtains of insecurity, fear and living in light with happiness by being yourself.

Free Director: Nayantara Roy

5 min USA India English

World Premiere

A smoky, old bar in Chicago! A saxophonist and a jazz singer are performing. A young drummer is playing with them for the first time. Old world meets new ways! Inspired by documentaries based on LGBT rights and recent evolution of laws across the world, this musical short celebrates identity and the freedom to live without shame. A joyous look at a new world of sexual identity and what liberty and equality really mean.

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2013 Narrative Short

Break The Closet Director: Zubin Driver

2 min

Filmmaker in Attendance

India English

World Premiere

2012 Musical Short

In a society where being gay is still taboo, the battle for acceptance is fought on two fronts - outer and inner. The film is an exploration of the inner state of a man who is on the brink of sexual self-discovery. It dramatizes the search within, the conflict and the final acceptance of a new state of being. Only if a gay person wins that inner battle can that person move towards being happy.

I’ve Only Just Begun Director: Elias Koskimies

6.24 min Finland English with EST Indian Premiere


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March 2012. The law, that banned “homosexual propaganda”, was signed in St. Petersburg, Russia. August 2012. Venuz Vulgar started his long journey to St. Petersburg to save his imprisoned friends. He wasn’t alone. People like Venuz never are!


May 23 11.15 am

The Invisible Men (Gvarim Bilti Nirim) 2012 Documentary Feature 68 min Israel, The Netherlands Hebrew, Arabic, English with EST Indian Premiere In Competition

While Tel Aviv may be the most LGBT-friendly city in the Middle East, gay Palestinians still have a difficult and sometimes dangerous time living there legally. An untold side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Louie, Abdu and Fares are gay Palestinians who have run away from their families and are now hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Ostracised by their families and society back in their homeland, they were forced to cross the border and live in a country where their lives are constantly in danger. Their only chance for survival is to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine and leave their homelands forever behind. Until their escape, they must remain ‘the invisible men.’ Festivals & Honors: 2012 Movies that Matter, Amnesty International Film Festival, The Hague 2012 Doc Aviv, Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Jury Award 2012 TLVFest, Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival 2012 Frameline 36 Outstanding Documentary Feature Award 2012 Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, voted as an audience favourite 2012 Reel Independent Film Extravaganza Washington DC, Best Documentary Feature & Best Director 2012 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012 Barcelona International LGBT Film Festival 2013 SDFF Programmers Award for Feature Documentary 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2013 Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Best Film Winner 2013 Torino GLBT Film Festival

Director: Yariv Mozer

Yariv Mozer graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film Department. Now a member of the European Film Academy and the Israeli Film Academy, Mozer has produced more than 15 documentary films, including The Heart of Jenin (2008), and My First War (2008). Currently, he is completing his first feature film, Snails In The Rain.

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May 23 12.30 pm


Best of Iris The Iris Prize - Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film prize is the world’s highest cash award amounting to GBP 25,000, facilitating the winner to make a new film. KASHISH has been partnering with Iris Prize, nominating an Indian short from KASHISH for their competition since 2010. This year, a package of four award winning films from Iris Prize 2012 will be presented by Iris Prize’s Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands, who is also on the KASHISH 2013 International Jury panel. 2012 Narrative Short

A Stable For Disabled Horses Director: Fabio Youniss

14 min

Winner – Iris Prize Best UK Short, 2011

UK English

When Kanoute decides to move back to Norway, his best friend Benny throws him a surprise party. It soon becomes apparent that Benny has a secret that could threaten their friendship but which he has to get off his chest before Kanoute leaves for good. 2012 Narrative Short 30 min Australia

These Empty Streets Director: Jarrah Gurrie Winner – Iris Prize Highly Commended, 2012

English While searching for her missing son Stuart, Susie encounters his crush - Pauly, a wayward traveller. Stuart meanwhile, is plotting his escape from small town melancholy. When all three are reunited, in a compromising situation, Susie is forced to face the fact that her boy has grown up. She must let him go.


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2012 Narrative Short

Yeah Kowalski Director: Evan Roberts

10 min

Winner – Iris Prize Highly Commended, 2012

USA English

13-year-old Gabe Kowalski is a late bloomer who goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush, Shane. 2012 Narrative Short 15 min

The Wilding Director: Grant Scicluna Winner – IRIS PRIZE, 2012

Australia English Malcolm is in love with his cellmate Tye, but their relationship is confined within their cell. When Malcolm is offered a shot at parole, his actions inadvertently mark Tye as a target for attacks by other inmates. With the bullying against Tye escalating, Malcolm is torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves.

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Filmmaker In Focus

Jim Hubbard Jim Hubbard is a New York based filmmaker and AIDS activist who has a long history of filmmaking and activism that has made a global mark. He has been making films since 1974 and has an accomplished repertoire of over 19 films including Elegy in the Streets (1989), Two Marches (1991), The Dance (1992) and Memento Mori (1995). These have been shown at several film festivals as well as the Museum of Modern Art. In 1987 he co-founded, alongwith Sarah Schulman, the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival, which is now is in its twenty-sixth year and has been renamed New York Queer Experimental Film Festival. Having been an integral part of ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) for several years, Jim also created the AIDS Activist Video Collection at the New York Public Library. Since 2001, Jim Hubbard alongwith producer Sarah Sculman have been working on the ACT UP Oral History Project. Out of these exhaustive video interviews of ACT UP oral history project, Jim created an engaging story of how a small group of men and women spread across different races and classes, came together to change the world and save each others lives. This is the documentary film United in Anger that has already become a forceful movement by itself.


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May 23 2.45 pm

United In Anger: A History of ACT UP 2012 Documentary Feature 93 min USA English Indian Premiere Formed In 1987, AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is an International direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS and ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives. United In Anger combines startling archival footage putting the audience on the ground with activists, and interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project, to explore how a small group of men and women across races, classes and sexualities came together to change the world and save each other’s lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of exhilarating major actions, including, Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that forced the US government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. United In Anger reveals the group’s complex culture – meetings, affinity groups and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness and the incredible energy of ACT UP. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Museum of Modern Art, New York - World Premiere 2012 Prairie Pride Film Festival, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA 2012 Torino GLBT Film Festival, Italy - European Premiere 2012 Hot Docs Canadian Int’l Documentary Festival, Toronto – Canadian Premiere 2012 Boston LGBT Film Festival, Massachusetts, USA 2012 Milan International LGFF, Grand Jury Award – Best Documentary 2012 Reel Q - 27th Annual Pittsburgh LGBT FF, Audience Award - Best Documentary Filmmaker in Attendance

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May 23 5.00 pm


Boy Shorts Lovers and crushes, families and friends - all of them surround you, sometimes with love, sometimes with doubts. But a winning smile and caring heart can win everything. A package of funny, sexy and sensitive films that show why boys do cry - sometimes in anguish and sometimes in happiness! 2012 Musical Short

It’s Consuming Me Director: Kai Stänicke

3.09 min Germany English A musical presentation of a young man’s mind entrapped in the maze of his surrealistic thoughts, at times with incongruous juxtapositions of images. 2012 Narrative Short

Shabbat Dinner Director: Michael Morgenstern

14 min USA English Indian Premiere


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Friday night dinner is boring as usual. William’s mother is showing off, his father is drunk and berating their oddball guests, William himself doesn’t have much in common with their guests’ son Virgo, until both realise that they share a secret.

2012 Narrative Short

Sabbatical Director: Glenn Kiser

12 min USA English Asian Premiere In Competition

2011 Narrative Short

Sabbaticals are often considered as a rejuvenating break or change from a normal routine. But what if that normal routine is a loving relationship? Phillip and Sam grapple with the concept of taking time apart from each other, and dealing with the consequences of coming back together after a mutually agreed-upon separation. Or is it inevitably the first step in saying goodbye?

Time Out Director: Rikhil Bahadur

13 min India, UK English, Hindi with EST

2012 Narrative Short

Curious about his new found attraction towards girls, Gaurav idolises his elder brother Kunal, the captain of the school basketball team. He is shocked to discover that Kunal is gay and is in relationship with one of his teammates. Gaurav has to figure out if a person’s orientation really changes their value and what they really mean to you.

A Backside Approach Director: Nimrod Rinot

8 min Israel Hebrew with EST Indian Premiere In Competition

Tal and Yossi have been dating each other. A sudden mishap during an intimate afternoon session makes both panic to the hilt. Nurse Nona sent to their aid by a medical helpline illuminates the situation in her own special ways. A hilarious take on a missing crucial component in love-making!

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Jackpot Director: Adam Baran

10 min USA English Asian Premiere In Competition

2010 Narrative Short

New Jersey. 1994. Jack Hoffman hears from a friend about a stash of gay magazines hidden across his small town. Despite his fear of the local bullies, he sets off on his bike and makes a mad dash to find it. But when he gets there, he finds he’s not alone. There’s a mysterious stranger with a lot of practical advice about how to make it home in one piece and with his booty!

Go Go Reject Director: Michael J. Saul

20 min USA English A skinny but eternally optimistic Daniel yearns to leave his job at Yogurt World to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming the Jennifer Beals of male go-go dancing. Daniel’s Flashdance fantasy runs smack into unexpected rejections from club promoters who are more interested in the cuts and sixpacked abs of other lousy dancers than his dancing ability. With undaunted ingenuity Daniel turns his small frame into a huge success.


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May 23 7.00 pm

Angels (Anjeli) 2012 Narrative Feature 95 min Slovakia Solvak with EST Asian Premiere In Competition

Director: Róbert Šveda

Michal, a successful theatre director learns that he suffers from liver cancer. Instead of chemotherapy, he leaves for a holiday cottage with his life partner Rafo, where he intends to write his book of memoirs. Rafo struggles to cope with Michal’s resignation and waiting for death. Perhaps he would leave Michal, if it weren’t for a mysterious person entering their lives. Róbert Šveda graduated from Academy of Music and Arts in Bratislava as a film and television director. While still at the University he directed short films which screened at prestigious international festivals like Berlin, Oberhausen, Potsdam. His debut feature film Demons was screened at festivals in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and won many awards. Preceded by

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Continental Drift Director: Anna Helme

15 min Australia English, Serbian, Croatian with EST Asian Premiere

A delicate moody drama set in Croatia in 1999, not long after Yugoslavia was torn apart by war during the 1990s. Adele, a young Australian woman travels to an abandoned building by the sea where she meets Antonija. The two women discover the uncanny intimacy that can develop between strangers and the bittersweet poignancy of ephemeral romance.

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May 23 9.15 pm


Country Focus Inaugural Feature

Speechless (Wu Yan) 2012 Narrative Feature 92 min Hong Kong, China Mandarin, English with EST

A mysterious Westerner is found by a river in a remote part of Southern China. Unable or unwilling to speak, he is taken by the police to a hospital, where he is befriended by Jiang, a medical orderly. When Jiang learns that the Westerner is about to be transferred to a mental asylum, he decides to rescue him and takes him to his uncle’s village. There, the slow unfolding of memories and events reveals a traumatic secret to the mysterious stranger’s past. A caringly captured tale of love and romance which talks about homophobia; and with disarming subtlety portrays the underground realities for Chinese gay men who usually face severe stigma and ridicule as well as self doubt because of an unaccepting society. Festivals & Honors: 2012 26th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012 Torino GLBT Film Festival 2012 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival 2012 14th FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival 2012 18th Philadelphia QFest 2012 Kolkata International Film Festival 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Director: Simon Chung


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Simon Chung graduated in film production from Toronto’s York University. Chung is considered a pioneer of queer Asian films. He has received international recognition for his short films Life is Elsewhere (1996) received the Distinguished Award at the Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards and the Award of Excellence at the Image Forum Festival in Japan. Following this success, Stanley Beloved (1997) and First Love & Other Pains (1999) received critical acclaim. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong independent film distributor Ying E Chi. His work as an independent filmmaker has earned him several awards in many film festivals around the world. Speechless is his third feature film, after End of Love (2009) and his debut feature Innocent (2005).

May 23


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Family Matters! For some it’s the family which matters and for some family is just another matter! Acceptance from parents and family, acceptance of partners by families, yearning to start a family - all these aspirations are addressed in these eight short films. 2012 Narrative Short

Hatch Director: Christoph Kuschnig

19 min Austria, USA German, Serbian with EST Indian Premiere

2011 Narrative Short

On a wintry Vienna night, Milo and Biljana a young illegal immigrant couple must acknowledge that they cannot raise their newborn and hope to achieve their own youthful dreams at the same time. Across town an older and more stable gay couple desperately wants to welcome a child into their lives. A newborn’s destiny hangs in the balance, as grownups come to terms with what they cannot have.

As They Say (Kif Ma Yi Qulu) Director: Hicham Ayouch

13 min UAE Arabic with EST Indian Premiere

Father and son go on a fishing trip together into the picturesque Rif Mountains. When the son confesses to the father that he‘s gay, the situation escalates: tests of masculinity, rituals, violence, erupting feelings, speechlessness finally leading to an unexpected end.

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Free Man Director: Kathryn Rotondi

17 min USA English Asian Premiere

2011 Narrative Short

When Michael’s partner of thirteen years, Charlie, dies unexpectedly, he is forced to work with his estranged mother-in-law, Celine, to plan his funeral. When they have a difference of opinion, Michael finds himself embroiled in a power struggle for the right to plan the memorial the way Charlie wanted.

Mila Caos Director: Simon Paetau

18 min Cuba, Germany Spanish with EST

2012 Narrative Short

Sebastián, a young Cuban guy has a furious flair for performing. Every weekend at an underground drag show in a suburb of Havana, he transforms into ‘Mila Caos’. Despite all the praise he receives, he yearns for his mother to see him performing on stage.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others Director: Adam Wilson

8.19 min USA English Josh, a New York City graduate student is visiting his family for Thanksgiving with Darius, his African-American boyfriend. Is it his Southern-conservative family who will be in for surprise or Josh himself!


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The Piece Of Furniture (El Mueble De Las Fotos) Director: Giovanni Maccelli

2 min Spain Spanish with EST After many unsuccessful attempts to get his and his partner’s photo included in the collection of family portraits, a young man finally has a break-through! 2012 Narrative Short

The Commitment Director: Albert M. Chan

20 min Canada, USA English Asian Premiere

2011 Narrative Short

Robert and Ethan are an interracial gay couple adopting a newborn baby to complete their family. After meeting the expectant Asian birthmother, however, they receive a surprise that threatens their own relationship. It’s an exploration of the universal struggle of two people to remain committed to each other through thick and thin.

Pride Director: Marc Saltarelli

22 min USA English Asian Premiere

On the morning of his annual gay pride party, Stephen is forced to take in his homophobic father who had disowned him over 20 years ago. The father, now suffering from Alzheimer’s, gets a crash course in all things gay from Stephen’s eclectic mix of friends. Seeds of their turbulent relationship come to light as does hope that the two can move past their fears, accept and forgive one another.

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May 24 Cinemax

10.00 am

This day is sponsored by HEROES project

Not A Man In Sight (Ingen Mann I Sikte) 2012 Documentary Feature 56 min Norway Norwegian, Swedish, English with EST Indian Premiere In Competition

A whole generation of lesbian women is about to disappear: the first generation of lesbians living openly. These women fought for their rights and forged a cultural identity for the generations to come. Not A Man In Sight portraits three groups of lesbian women – all at different stages in life. A young girl who lives at home with her parents, seeking her identity, defining herself as polyamorous rather than lesbian, experimenting with different relationships. An adult couple that got married and left a free, careless existence in the progressive culture for a traditional family life with children. An aging couple, fighting cancer and dreaming of watching the sunset together on the Island of Lesbos. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Q! Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia 2012 CineDoc, Athens, Greece 2012 Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia 2012 Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Norway 2012 Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Germany 2012 Tempo Filmfestival, Stockholm, Sweden 2012 Outview, Athens, Greece 2012 Pink Apple, Zürich, Switzerland 2012 QDoc, Portland, Oregon, USA

Director: Mette Aakerholm Gardell


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Mette Aakerholm Gardell has directed numerous documentaries for both film and television since 1999. Her film Min Stolte Far (2007) won the audience award at the Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and was nominated for Norway’s top television prize, ‘Gullruten’. Mette currently runs ‘Skaparvärket’ in Stockholm, Sweden, which offers courses for continued professional development for documentary filmmakers.


May 24 11.15 am

Hide And Seek (Chuppan Chupai) 2013 Documentary Feature 67 min Denmark, Pakistan Urdu with EST Indian Premiere In Competition

LGBT rights in Pakistan are non-existent, hence an official LGBT community as such. The only somewhat tolerated community within sexual minorities is the large transgender community–often referred to as ‘Hijras’. The film features four individuals and focuses on their internal conflicts and their constant play of ‘hide and seek’ from the mainstream population in the urban areas of Pakistan. We follow Jenny, a transgender college student who recently underwent castration. Kami, a fearless cross-dressing gay dancer, who openly lives with his boyfriend, Waseem, an effeminate wedding entertainer and a veteran dancing boy, and Neeli who played a huge part when the Supreme Court in Pakistan changed the Constitution in favor of the ‘third gender’. Festivals & Honors: 2013 Pembe Hayat Kuirfest, Ankara, Turkey 2013 Libercine Int’l FF, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Human Rights Award - Best International Documentary 2013 Fringe! Film Fest, London, UK 2013 Torino GLBT Film Festival, Torino, Italy 2013 Transcreen Film Festival, Amsterdam, Holland

Director: Saadat Munir

Director: Saad Khan

Saadat Munir studied business communication from Copenhagen and London. Recently, Munir took his first step into film making and established his own production company ‘Madari Films’. Chuppan Chupai is his debut film. Saad Khan has directed independent short films in the US and in Pakistan. His forté is films that explore risqué topics regarding dysfunction, dogma, sexuality and culture - something that is uncommon in a closed society like Pakistan. He currently works as a freelance documentary filmmaker for international development organisations.

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May 24 12.30 pm


Girl Shorts A bunch of heartwarming international short films about finding love, ditching love, braving stereotypical notions, getting adventurous, sharing interests, making sacrifices but above all exploring one’s own new-self! 2011 Narrative Short

Always Again Director: Estel Camprecios

6 min UK English Just a simple act of getting engaged to someone Kim loves, leads her to various funny situations because of the hetero-normative assumptions which people around her make. 2012 Narrative Short

Fresh Fruit Director: Diane Busuttil

9.21 min Germany, Italy No dialogues Asian Premiere


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A waitress at a three-star resort hotel bored with her job, decides to take a breather and let her imagination run amok allowing her desires to be satisfied in the sweetest of ways.

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Little Flower (Petite Fleur) Director: Jaro Minne

5 min Belgium Dutch with EST Asian Premiere 2012 Narrative Short

Torn between her relationship with a girl and a man at the same time, a young soprano singer finally has to choose between one of them.

The Lady And The Tramp Director: Abha Talesara

1 min USA, India English, Hindi A silent film echoing the universal need to love and be loved! 2012 Narrative Short

Neighbors (Vecinas) Director: Eli Navarro

15 min Spain Spanish with EST Mamen and Gloria decide to take the next step in their relationship by moving in together. What they don’t know yet is the surprise which will soon start knocking on their door!

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The Plan Director: Vivek Sharma

14 min USA English Asian Premiere In Competition

2012 Narrative Short

Kat, a struggling musician works as a receptionist at an audio post facility. She deals with her ailing girlfriend and is about to get her first recording deal. But, when her boss tries to muddle up she needs a backup plan.

Polaroid Girl Director: April Maxey

17 min USA English Asian Premiere In Competition

2011 Narrative Short

Sofie is a shy and timid aspiring photographer when she meets June, who runs a vintage camera shop. Something clicks, and as the two take off on a photography mission, Sofie learns a thing or two about standing up for herself. Kicking ass, taking names, and getting the girl!

Tsuyako Director: Mitsuyo Miyazaki

25 min Japan, USA English Indian Premiere


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In post-war Japan, Tsuyako lives a demanding life as a mill factory worker, an obedient wife, and a loving mother. A surprise visit by an old friend Yoshie reignites a passion in Tsuyako. After witnessing how Tsuyako’s family mistreats her, Yoshie begs her to come to Tokyo with her, to live the life that they had always dreamt of together. Tsuyako must choose between duty and love, her family and her freedom.

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May 24 2.45 pm

Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo) 2011 Narrative Feature 102 min Iran Farsi with EST

Rana is a conservative young mother, who secretly drives a cab to support her family to pay off the debts, which have sent her husband to prison. By chance she picks up Edi, who is fleeing an arranged marriage, her wealthy and influential father is imposing on her. She is desperately waiting for her passport to leave the country. In the middle of the journey, Rana realises that her passenger is a transgender. Facing Mirrors is the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival - Audience Award 2012 Frameline: SF International LGBT Film Festival - Jury Award for Best Feature 2012 Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Best Narrative Feature 2012 Chéries Chéris - Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Grand Prix 2013 9th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, India 2013 23rd Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia

Director: Negar Azarbayjani

Negar Azarbayjani graduated in cinema from Art University of Tehran-Iran and has an MA degree in visual media arts from Emerson College in BostonUS. She started her career as an actress on TV. In 2000 after acting in Afflicted Generation directed by Rasool Molagholipour, she moved to the US to continue her studies. She directed a number of short films. Facing Mirrors is her debut feature film. Preceded by

2012 Narrative Short

House For Sale Director: Eisha Marjara

18 min Canada English Asian Premiere In Competition

Salim shows up posing as a home buyer at a suburban house that is up for sale. He is after more than just the house.

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May 24 Cinemax 5.00 pm

Auroville 316 2001 Narrative Feature 86 min India English

Two gay lovers in search of answers to their existentialist angst are on a long car journey when a woman hitchhiker forces one of them to rethink his sexual orientation. The film is about escapism, breaking away from the norms of society, touching upon human conditions and looking for spiritual answers. Presented in a third-person diary style narrative, the film culminates at a 10th century relic. Trivia Meghna Reddy, Kelly Dorji (their debut film) and Dodo Bhujwala form a triumvirate in this movie which was shot in just 22 days in the harsh, barren landscape of the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Auroville 316 premiered at the London Film Festival, 2001 to critical acclaim.

Director: Shamin Desai


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Shamin Desai, (1966-2011) was a prolific filmmaker, writer and co-founder of Channel [V] who shot to quick fame in the mid 90’s for his ability to conjure characters like Aunty 303 at Channel [V] and for directing some of India’s landmark music videos (Colorblind, Pal). Subsequently, Shamin had a very successful career as an ad filmmaker having directed over 600 television commercials and an independent film Auroville 316. Shamin also wrote and directed the Hindi feature film, Rush starring Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia which released in October 2012.


May 24 7.00 pm

A Perfect Ending 2012 Narrative Feature 110 min USA English Indian Premiere In Competition

Rebecca, a repressed and uptight socialite lives a perfect life. She is the ideal wife to her husband and mother to three grown-up, accomplished children. Rebecca also has a very unusual secret. The last person on earth she expects to reveal it to is a high priced escort named Paris. Her journey from perfect control to unbridled passion allows Rebecca not only to reclaim worthless years, but to redeem and vindicate painful regrets. This opposites-attract, edge-of-your-seat lesbian romance is a glossy, sexy and funny romantic drama guaranteed to earn new fans for veteran writerdirector Nicole Conn (Elena Undone, screened at KASHISH 2011). Festivals & Honors: 2012 Frameline, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival - World Premiere 2012 OUTFEST, Los Angeles 2012 Philadelphia Q Fest 2012 Fresno Reel Pride Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2012 LA Femme International Film Festival - Winner - Best Feature 2012 Boston LGBT Film Festival 2013 Torino GLBT Film Festival

Director: Nicole Conn

Nicole Conn is an author, director, producer and screenwriter who made her directorial debut with the lesbian love story, Claire of the Moon (1992). She was selected as the finalist in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. In 2004, POWER UP! named Conn, one of the top ten gay women in show business. Her second feature film, Elena Undone (2010) based on her own life garnered many awards and critical acclaim. Conn has written five novels, a parent’s guide, two teleplays, nine screenplays, and has produced four soundtracks. She is the Co-Founder of Soul Kiss Films with her life and business partner, Marina Rice Bader.

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May 24 Cinemax 9.15 pm

Lan Yu 2001 Narrative Feature 86 min Hong Kong, China Mandarin, Russian with EST

Wealthy businessman Chen Handong meets young Lan Yu at a local pool bar. What started off as a one-night stand turns into a life changing relationship for both, until one night Lan Yu finds him with another man. Crushed by Handong’s infidelity Lan Yu breaks off their relationship. Months later during the infamous student massacre at Tiananmen Square, Handong is informed that Lan Yu was also seen there with other students. Worried about his safety, Handong rushes there and is happy to see that Lan Yu has survived the army’s murderous sweep through. Lan Yu is ready to revive their relationship but Handong is caught between his own desires and traditional expectations. This epic love story finally ends as fate plays a cruel trick! Festivals & Honors: 2001 Cannes Film Festival 2001 Taiwan Golden Horse Award Festival - Awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Ye Liu, Audience Best Film and Best Editing 2001 Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia Awards Festival - Best Actor for Jun Hu 2001 Hong Kong Film Academy Award Festival 2001 Seoul Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2002 New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2002 Frameline: San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2002 Brisbane Film Festival 2006 8th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival

Director: Stanley Kwan


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Stanley Kwan is a Second Wave Hong Kong film director and producer and one of the few openly gay directors in Asia. Kwan’s first film Women (1985), which starred Chow Yun-fat was a big box-office success. Kwan’s films like Rouge (1987), Full Moon in New York (1989), Centre Stage (1992; aka Actress), Everlasting Regret (2005), Red Rose White Rose (1994) and Hold You Tight (1998) often deal empathetically with the plight of women. Kwan came out as a gay man in 1996 in Yang ± Yin, his documentary, which looked at the history of Chinese-language film through the prism of gender roles and sexuality.


May 24 11.00 pm

Love or Whatever 2012 Narrative Feature 84 min USA English Asian Premiere Corey has his life going exactly to plan, with a bustling career as a therapist and a hot boyfriend. But when young Jon learns of Corey’s plans for ‘the future’ he leaves him for a woman, sending Corey on a downward spiral. As pieces of Corey’s life fall out of his control, he leans on his quirky lesbian sister for guidance on his journey of self-discovery that leads him to a Grindr connection, a new love and a life changing choice: Love or Whatever! Festivals & Honors: 2012 Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival – World Premiere 2012 Philadelphia QFest 2013 Desperado LGBT Film Festival, Arizona 2013 OUT in Africa 2013 FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival

Director: Rosser Goodman

Rosser Goodman grew up acting in theater. At an early age, she was enrolled in the Columbia School of Theatrical Arts. After attending the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico she got her start as an on-set Assistant Director on NBC’s TV series Earth 2 directed by Steven Spielberg. Committed to her passion as a filmmaker, Rosser quickly moved to Los Angeles. She went on to direct her first feature film, Holding Trevor (2007) under her own production company KGB Films; which was immediately grabbed by Regent Releasing at its first Los Angeles festival premiere.

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Adults Only Director: Michael J. Saul

26 min USA English Indian Premiere

2011 Narrative Short

Michael is broken and isolated. He is haunted by recurring memories of a lost love. Like a film on an endless loop, scenes from the past keeps him awake every night, until one night, a chance encounter at a local movie arcade opens unexpected possibilities.

Consent (Consentement) Director: Cyril Legann

13 min France French with EST Asian Premiere


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An influential hotel guest tries to induce a young concierge into performing intimate favors. But, money cannot always win every battle and soon the sinister benefactor gets a taste of his own medicine.


May 25 10.00 am

Timeless Stories Can you make love last? A mix of five narrative and documentary short films that weave inspiring, heartwarming stories of couples, who have survived wars, conservative societies, families and ill health to be with each other.

2011 Narrative Short

Down Here Director: Diogo Costa Amarante

11 min USA, Portugal English Asian Premiere 2012 Documentary Short

Emily is moving through a strange and foreign territory but her difficult quest will soon find comfort in the most unlikely of places.

Two Girls Against The Rain Director: Sao Sopheak

11 min Cambodia Khmer with EST Indian Premiere In Competition

A captivatingly courageous and touching film about a lesbian couple in Cambodia. Soth Yun and Sem Eang, both now in their late 50s, loved each other since the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, when more than two million people died. Soth and Sem survived. The deep bond existing between them and their strength has helped them overcome all

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2012 Narrative Short

Tell Me A Memory Director: Jon Bryant Crawford

11 min USA English Asian Premiere

2011 Documentary Short

If love is a memory, what happens when you are forgotten! When Finny develops Alzheimer’s, Jack must battle to see the man he loves. One night, Finny asks Jack to recite a memory that leads them both on a poignant magical journey.

The Devotion Project: More Than Ever Director: Antony Osso

10 min USA English Asian Premiere

2013 Narrative Short

New Yorkers John Hilton and Bill Campbell beat the odds through the decades in order to live an incredible 54-years of togetherness. The film revisits their time in the military, their trips abroad, and their latest challenge: coping with Parkinson’s. Their story of devotion is an inspiration to anyone wondering how to make love last.

Remember To Breathe Director: Marc Saltarelli

25 min USA English Asian Premiere In Competition


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Alice Martin, a former headliner at the Latin Quarter, now lives alone, depressed and forgotten in a house hidden away from the public and media gaze. She remembers a past love while searching for meaning in her golden years. While mentoring a young aspiring singer, past memories become entwined with the present as Alice comes to realise that what she thought was lost is only dormant, awaiting a new spark.


May 25 11.15 am

...And The Unclaimed (…Ebang Bewarish) 2012 Documentary Feature 61 min India Bengali with EST World Premiere In Competition

Director: Debalina

On February 21, 2011, two young girls commit suicide together in Nandigram, a village in West Bengal, India. The suicide note of one of the girls unfolds their love affair and the violence they faced by society and their own families. Even after they die, their bodies remain ‘unclaimed’ by their families at the police morgue despite their last wish to be cremated together. The film questions the non-acceptance of non-normative living by connecting the tales of the film’s four protagonists living as misfits. The film explores the connection of the painful tales of desolation of living persons with the ‘unclaimed’ dead ones. A tribute both to life and death: If we want to keep the dead alive within us, their death will become part of our living. Debalina is a filmmaker and cameraperson. She studied comparative literature and has worked in television. She has worked on feature length documentary films, short films, travelogues, music videos, telefilms and mixed genre. She is passionate about environmental issues, gender, sexuality and occasionally writes for newspapers and magazines.

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May 25 Cinemax

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Dopehri 2012 Narrative Feature 60 min India Hindi with EST Inspired by true life-story of transgender activist Revathi, Dopehri tells us about the dreams, agonies and ordeals of a young boy with a girl’s soul. Doraiswamy ran away from his house in rural Karnataka to Mumbai to fulfill his wish. Thus begins Revathy’s journey of self-identification; through the passion and pain she receives from her clique, colleagues and society. She finally finds her identity in the Indian society where a transgender is not yet legally and socially acceptable. Festivals & Honors: 2012 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival 2013 Pune International Film Festival 2013 5th Nashik International Film Festival - Special Jury Award

Director: Manava Naik

Manava Naik is a Marathi stage and film actor. She also anchors television shows. A student of English literature, she has done a filmmaking course from the New York Film Academy in 2011. She has worked on several stage plays as a production person. In 2009, Manava directed Ek Savera Aayega, a short film based on girls education. This film was selected for The Chicago Film Festival. Manava has started her own production company, Strawberri Pictures to produce and execute plays and films. Dopehri is her debut feature film, where her passion of filmmaking meets her zest for social work.

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2012 Narrative Short

Urmi Director: Jehangir Jani

10.25 min India Hindi with EST World Premiere In Competition

2013 Narrative Short

Urmi is a transgendered person living in Mumbai. The city unfolds through her. She haunts public toilets and walks streets searching for love encountering violence and homophobia. One incident makes her decide to choose her real self and live it. The film incorporates the Bollywood style of moviemaking.

The Reel And The Real Director: Santosh Kumar Panda

15 min India Odiya with EST World Premiere In Competition

A ‘positive’ story of a transgender person Meera who has a passion for acting and in course of time finds out she is HIV positive. However, she decides to lead a normal life and emerge as an inspiration to many.

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Morgan 2012 Narrative Feature 89 min USA English

Asian Premiere In Competition

A wipeout during a bike race broke Morgan Oliver’s back and paralyzed him from the waist down. He is frustrated that his new life in a wheelchair has put limits on his fiercely competitive nature chance encounter with sensitive ex-inmate Dean Kagen makes Morgan more determined that being in a wheelchair will not change him. Dean supports Morgan when he decides to enter as a wheelchair competitor in the same bike race using a customised bike. As Dean helps Morgan train, a romance blossoms between them. But when Morgan risks his life to win and Dean walks out, Morgan is pushed to the brink, teetering between what he wants and what he needs. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Out in the Desert FF, Tucson - Opening Night Film, Jury Prize - Best Feature 2012 Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2012 QCinema Ft. Worth - Jury Prize - Best Feature 2012 Frameline: San Francisco In’l LGBT Film Festival 2012 Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Jury Prize - Best Feature

Director: Michael Akers


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Michael Akers studied at Indiana University of Pennsylvania before moving to Los Angeles to begin a career in the entertainment industry as production assistant and assistant director working on the cable movie Jurassic Women (1996). He worked with Turner Feature Animation on Cats Don’t Dance, NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies and Anne Robinson’s The Weakest Link. Michael along with his long-term partner Sandon Berg established their own production house, ‘United Gay Network’ and moved to independent film making. They have made genre defining full-length feature films like Gone, But Not Forgotten (2003), Matrimonium (2005) and Phoenix (2006).

Preceded by 2012 Narrative Short

Prora Director: StĂŠphane Riethauser

23 min Switzerland English Prora is on the Baltic Sea, a mysterious, endless place that is a deserted former Nazi vacation center and communist military complex. Jan, a rather timid German, spends his summer holidays with his French friend Matthieu, a self-proclaimed macho womanizer. What starts as an innocent game soon develops into an ambiguous confrontation that puts their friendship at risk. A journey of self-exploration, an odyssey of male adolescence, Prora is a thrilling, tender story about love and friendship.

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May 25 Cinemax 5.00 pm

Centerpiece Documentary Feature

Vito 2011 Documentary Feature 93 min USA English Indian Premiere VITO is one man’s story of fighting passionately for equality, but at its core, it is the story of a movement. In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBT representation in the media. He went on to write “The Celluloid Closet,” the first book to critique Hollywood’s portrayals of gays on screen. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990. The film seamlessly weaves significant archival material and heartwarming interviews with Vito’s family and friends including Armistead Maupin, Lily Tomlin, Bruce Vilanch and Larry Kramer. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Palm Springs In’l Film Festival - Runner up for Audience Award (Best Documentary) 2012 Frameline: San Francisco In’l LG Film Festival - Opening Night Film 2012 Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Opening Night Film 2012 Cinema St. Louis / QFest - Best Documentary 2012 Fairy Tales Film Festival - Alberta, Canada - Jury Award for Best International Feature 2012 Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival - Elle Flanders Award, Best Documentary Film 2012 Mix Brasil Festival de Cultura da Diversidade - Best Documentary 2012 Pink Apple Filmfestival, Zurich - Audience Award, Best Documentary 2012 Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Documentary 2013 GLAAD Media Awards - Nominated for Outstanding Documentary

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz


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Jeffrey Schwarz was born in New York, and graduated from the SUNY Purchase Film Department. He is the President & CEO of Automat Pictures, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company. He is the director of Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) about the legendary Hollywood showman and Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon (2008) a portrait of adult film star Jack Wrangler.


May 25 7.00 pm

The Ode 2013 (re-edited version) Narrative Feature 100 min USA English International Premiere

Banker by day, and denizen of Los Angeles’ clubs by night, Ali navigates between more than just a day job and an active social life. He has left behind a tempestuous childhood in postcolonial Kenya, the overprotective mother who raised him on a steady diet of Hindi cinema, and confused memories of his father’s violent death at the hands of his mistress. Now his mother’s messages ramble on his answering machine when he wants no one but his one obsession, Richard to call. Trivia The Ode is based on a true story and the novel Ode to Lata by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla which was first adapted for screen in 2008, but the film is now released again in the festival circuit with a fresh cut. The movie stars ruggedly handsome Sachin Bhatt as Ali. His film Bollywood Beats (2009) was screened at KASHISH 2012.

Director: Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla

Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla is a critically-acclaimed writer and filmmaker born in Kenya and based in Los Angeles. He is the author of the novel, Ode To Lata, and the international bestseller, The Exiles. Dhalla co-adapted, produced and co-directed his first novel into the major motion picture, The Ode. His second film, Embrace is the first ever dramatisation based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. A passionate activist, Dhalla is the co-founder of SATRANG, a support group for LGBT South Asians in Los Angeles and the South Asian program for the Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team.

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May 25 Cinemax 9.15 pm

Eating Out: The Open Weekend 2011 Narrative Feature 80 min USA English

Indian Premiere

With their friend Lily in tow, Zack and his new boyfriend Benji are setting off to a week-long vacation at an all-male resort in Palm Springs. Much to Zack’s dismay, Benji is inflexible to have an open weekend. Tension mounts when Zack runs into his ex, Casey at the resort and both pretend their best to look like they are having a good time. Casey of course, leaves no stone unturned to make the already lovelorn Zack jealous by pretending to have a new beau of his own. As the weekend goes by, things get increasingly complicated and mushy for everyone around. Festivals & Honors: 2011 Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - World Premiere 2011 Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2011 Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2012 Out in the Desert Film Festival 2012 Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Male Feature

Q. Allan Brocka is an award-winning American television and film director based in West Hollywood, California. He is the creator of the animated series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All the World and also the writer and director of the award-winning feature films Boy Culture and Eating Out series.

Director: Q. Allan Brocka

Preceded by 2012 Narrative Short

Performance Anxiety Director: Reid Waterer

15 min USA English with EST Indian Premiere In Competition


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Two straight actors rehearse for a movie’s upcoming gay love scene. How will they make out? A peek behind the curtain of the acting process, the film pokes fun at homophobia.


May 25 11.00 pm

Keep The Lights On 2012 Narrative Feature 101 min USA English, Danish with EST Documentary filmmaker Erik, and closeted lawyer Paul, meet through a casual encounter and soon become a couple. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity and to be true to himself. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love. It takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times. Keep the Lights On is shot with a grainy beauty that resonates with the texture of New York City, accentuated by pulsating and soulful music. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee - Dramatic Film 2012 Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award - Best Feature Film 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Winner, Best U.S. Dramatic Feature and Best U.S. Dramatic Screenplay 2012 Mezipatra Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Prague - Best Film 2013 GLAAD Media Award Nominee, “Best Film in Limited Release”

Director: Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs is a filmmaker New York - based. His latest film, Keep the Lights On, was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Queer Film at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Sachs’ previous work includes Married Life (2007), The Delta (1996), and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, Sachs is the co-founder of Queer/Art/Film and Queer/Art/Mentorship, two programs that encourage inter-generational conversation among queer artists working in New York.

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Preceded by 2009 Narrative Short

Passing Through (Pasajero) Director: Miguel Gabaldon

13 min Spain, USA Spanish with EST Asian Premiere


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Before embarking on his dance tour across Europe, Arturo opts to meet up with his ex. Chatting over coffee, it is apparent that a spark of romance still simmers. But with Manuel having another person in his life and Arturo just passing through the city by night, is this set to be their last tango together?


May 26 10.00 am

Q Toons The return of our popular package of ‘toons’ with pink hearts! Eight quirky, funny and sexy animation films from Europe and America.


Awake (Despierta) Director: Rafa Salom ‘Lubov’

3.13 min Spain Spanish (only one word) Asian Premiere

2012 2 min

Julia awakes in the middle of the night and decides to get into her closet, where she’s watching scenes of her past, present and future.

Growing Pains Director: Stien Weijers

The Netherlands No Dialogues

Asian Premiere

An animated satire about the muscular ideal beauty in mainstream gym culture.

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Me (Moi) Director: Ines Sedan

5 min France No Dialogues Indian Premiere

Living in a strict world, a man has to hide his orientation and love for dance, until he finds the strength to reveal who he really is. 2010

Queer Pet Adventures Director: Véronique Courtois

12 min USA English

Juan, a gorgeous Latino with his sexy little Chihuahua Salsa, and Katy, the soft butch Asian with her resourceful Siamese cat, are off to a series of adventures playing with clichés and stereotypes. They agree unlike cats and dogs! 2011 17 min

Unanimated (Desanimado) Director: Emilio Martí López

Spain Spanish with EST Asian Premiere


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A cartoon character goes to therapy because he feels rejected in a ‘live-action’ world that dislikes those who are different.

2012 3 min

Hard Knock Rock: Sufferin’ Till You’re Straight Director: David Scheve, Willie Ito

USA English International Premiere

2012 12 min

A musical look at the history of the struggle for gay rights; told in the style of the 1970s American animated classic - School House Rock! Don’t miss the caricature of George Rekers, the Anti-Gay Activist who was caught with a rent boy he hired from a well-know male escort service portal.

World Above Head (Il Mondo Sopra La Testa) Director: Peter Marcias

Italy Italian with EST Asian Premiere

2011 13 min

In a fantasy world, a group of queers kidnap a homophobic politician. In ransom they demand a stop on discrimination against LGBT people and to give them a chance to live with dignity. The negotiation which happens there will remain a secret for everyone.

Troy: Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing! Director: Michael Derry

USA English Asian Premiere A silly- sweet, slightly sarcastic satire of cheesy, gaysploitation entertainment based on the popular, long running gay comic strip Troy. Out & proud actor Troy gets what he believes will be his big break into the business, a lead in the new musical ‘Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing!’ He then falls for his hunky, gorgeous, dim-witted, baby-faced co-star Nick, who is unfortunately straight. Or is he?

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May 26 Cinemax

11.15 am

Indian Masala Mix - I KASHISH brings another edition of its popular package of queer short films by emerging Indian filmmakers. Featured here are three shorts, addressing issues of gender identity and same-sex love. 2012 Documentary Short

Beyond Binary Director: Ananya Kasaravalli

30 min India Tamil with EST World Premiere In Competition 2011 Narrative Short

A poignant documentation about Shankari’s search for femininity, love, dignity and identity; and what she thinks are the elements that make her more of a woman.

Heroine N Hero (Kothie N Panthie) Director: Neville Bhaskaran

13 min India Hindi with EST Story of two nights in the life of Payal, a young and beautiful eunuch – one is filled with passion & love while the other puts a question mark on her very existence. 2013 Narrative Short

Reminiscence of Ether Director: Veena Kulkarni

20.48 min India English, Hindi with EST


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Ruksar, a successful investment banker living in London with roots in India, is in the middle of a life changing decision. Filmmakers in Attendance


May 26 12.30 pm

Indian Masala Mix - II From its inception, KASHISH has scouted for Indian short filmmakers and offered them a platform to showcase their works. Select films are taken to queer film festivals around the globe as part of the KASHISH Shorts collection. It’s always refreshing to see how emerging Indian filmmakers are taking a deep look into the closet of the Indian queer community to bring out stories from the dark, hidden nooks and corners. This generation of filmmakers are not content with ‘ walking-into-the-sunset-holding-hands’ stories, but focus their cameras on grave realities in contemporary queer India. Featured here are four such short films boldly telling sensitive stories! 2012 Narrative Short

Rendezvous Director: Aditya Shankar

10 min India English Pandora’s Box can be seen either as an instrument of godly wrath, or of hope born. But when metaphors melt into reality, after the initial phase of restless indignation, we realise that there is hope. 2012 Narrative Short

Lonely Walls (Ektya Bhinti) Director: Rohan Kanawade

38 min India Marathi with EST Two individuals of same sexual orientation are living under one roof, within the same walls. The son has come out to his father and wants to live the way he is, but the father has still kept his sexual identity secret from his son. Both seem to be living happily, but can life be ever steady?!

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2013 Narrative Short

In Some Moments.. (Kuch Palon Mein…) Director: Avinash Matta

20 min India Hindi with EST World Premiere In Competition

2013 Narrative Short

Mihir is a bright, bubbly talented queer student who lives happily with his pet gold fishes and a roommate. The film traces a single day in his life, when Ankit, his former senior from college decides to visit him. Mihir is excited and nervous about Ankit’s visit as he had a crush on him in college. ‘In some moments’ what will this meeting culminate to?

Lonely (Tanha) Director: Suresh Shelar

15 min India Hindi with EST World Premiere In Competition

An attempt to look into the lives of two individuals at a certain point, to explore their journeys when they cross paths with each other. Ranjeet and Shubhedru are from different cities, different cultures and have different approach towards life - still destined to meet each other. Will this relationship work? Filmmakers in Attendance


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May 26 2.45 pm

Gayby 2012 Narrative Feature 89 min USA English

Indian Premiere

Jenn wants a baby. Tired of trying to find Prince Charming in Manhattan, the 30-something yoga instructor asks her best friend Matt, a comic book store employee who just broke up with his longtime love, to help her get pregnant. Distrustful of doctors and fertility treatments, they agree to approach things “the old fashioned way”. Festivals & Honors: 2012 SXSW Festival 2012 Independent Film Festival Boston - Special Jury Prize 2012 Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival 2012 30th OUTFEST: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2012 Asland FF - Audience Award: Narrative Feature & Jury Prize For Best Acting Ensemble

Director: Jonathan Lisecki

Before turning to filmmaking writer, actor Jonathan Lisecki worked extensively in independent theatre. His first short film, Woman in Burka, won the 2008 Spirit of Slamdance Award, among others. Gayby is his debut feature, a fulllength version of his celebrated second short film of the same title. Preceded by

2012 Narrative Short

The Empty Nest (El Nido Vacío) Director: Francisco Lupini Basagoiti

24 min Venezuela Spanish with EST Asian Premiere In Competition

Monste, a well-meaning sex therapist is sure that her son’s love life is jeopardised because of his huge family jewels; she must help her son in finding a solution.

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May 26 Cinemax 5.00 pm

The Men Next Door 2012 Narrative Feature 84 min USA English

Asian Premiere

Hot pilates-instructor, Doug is about to turn forty and all his friends have abandoned him on the big day. As he reluctantly celebrates his birthday, Doug finds himself falling for two very different but equally lovable men - Jacob, a secure 50-year-old who came out later in life, and Colton, an adventurous 30-year-old who literally is the boy next door. How long can Doug juggle both relationships before everyone finds out the truth? Festivals & Honors: 2012 Philadelphia QFest - World Premiere / Festival Favorite mention 2012 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Audience Award 2012 Outflix Film Festival, Memphis 2012 Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Audience Award 2012 4th Annual Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013 Out in the Dessert Tuscon’s International LGBT Film Festival 2013 Brussels Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013 GayCharlotte Film Festival, NC

Director: Rob Williams


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Rob Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and co-owner of Guest House Films. With an impressive six movies under his belt and three additional titles distributed by his company, Rob is a determined professional within the gay film industry. Rob was honored with the “PRIDE In Cinema Award” from the QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Awards, and was named the “Filmmaker In Focus” at the 2012 KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Along with partner Rodney Johnson, Rob was named to Instinct Magazine’s “Leading Men of 2008” for their contributions to gay cinema.

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May 26 10.30 pm

Chitrangada - The Crowning Wish 2012 Narrative Feature 135 min India Bengali, Hindi with EST An allegorical exploration on gender and sexuality! Choreographer Rudra is rehearsing for Rabindranath Tagore’s famed mythological dance dramaChitrangada, where princess Chitrangada who had a boy’s upbringing, falls in love with the hero Arjun and longs for her feminine graces. During one such rehearsal Rudra encounters Partha, an extremely talented but obsessive percussionist who is sent to him in an effort at rehabilitation. Compassion soon turns to attraction. As their affair progresses Rudra takes the impulsive decision to undergo a gender reassignment surgery so that he and Partha can adopt a child as a couple. Grappling with his own Chitrangada-esque dilemma, Rudra wonders whether the god of love has taken the role of a plastic surgeon, taking this Chitrangada step by step across the border of gender. However, he realizes that gender is not really the key to one’s identity. Festivals & Honors: 2012 43rd International Film Festival of India, Goa 2012 New York International Film Festival 2012 – Centerpiece Film 2012 Osian CineFest 2012 - Closing Film 2012 Indian Film Festival The Hague, The Netherlands 2012 South Asian Film Festival, Canada 2012 17th International Film Festival of Kerala

Director: Rituparno Ghosh

Born in Kolkata, Rituparno Ghosh, started his career in advertising before turning to films. In 1992, he made a low key debut in cinema with a children’s feature film titled Hirer Angti (The Diamond Ring). His second film Unishe April (19th April) starring Aparna Sen, won the 1995 National Award for the Best Film. So far seventeen of his films have been released, twelve of which have won national level awards. Chitrangada won the Special Jury Award for 60th National Film Awards for the year 2012.

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Alliance Franรงaise May 23-25


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Alliance May 23 Française 10.00 am Towards Change - II Celebrating KASHISH 2012 theme, ‘Towards Change’, the second part of this special package has six stirring shorts from Asia to Europe to North America. 2012 Musical Short

So Pomo Director: Kalil Cohen

4 min USA English Indian Premiere 2013 Experimental Short

A queer hip-hop video as a response to homophobia and transphobia that so many queer people face on a daily basis.

Inner Cabin Director: Jonathan Lemieux

3.5 min Canada English World Premiere

2012 Experimental Short

A film that voices the filmmaker’s thoughts – “When I came out of the closet ten years ago, I forgot to come out of my inner cabin. In that cabin, I am still as lonely as I was before.”

W And Z Director: Emil Ray & Ronny Almog

15 min Israel Hebrew with EST Indian Premiere

A journey through flirtation and mind games into a non-gendered world; questioning what it means to be a man or a woman, or whether there is such a thing at all.

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2011 Narrative Short

One Shot Director: Dietrich Brüggemann

11 min Germany German with EST Indian Premiere

A film-within-a-film-within a film! A motley group of people from different ethnicities start out to do a social spot for tolerance and against racism, but end up entangled in all sorts of clichés, counter-clichés and idiosyncrasies of political correctness.

2011 Documentary Short

What Do You Know? Six To Twelve Year-Olds Talk About Gays And Lesbians Director: Ellen Brodsky

13 min USA English Asian Premiere

2012 Musical Short 4 min

An award-winning film featuring voices from students at educational institutes in Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, how they feel about bullying and discrimination and what they’d like their elders to do.

I’m Gay Director: Cyra K. Polizzi, Christopher Weiher

USA English A young man’s jubilant coming out story, told from the perspective of the wonderfully imaginative protagonist and his loving parents.


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May 23 11.30 am

Parts Of The Heart (Menjelajahi Ruang Hati) 2012 Narrative Feature 90 min Indonesia Bahasa with EST Indian Premiere

Eight stories about the emotional landmarks in Peter’s experience with love that help to shape the man he is today. From his first crush (Stolen Kiss) to his first intimate experience (The Game Kiss) to his experiences with lost love; be it through death (Solace) or societal pressure (The Last Time) to dealing with the rough patches in a long term relationship (3 and The Couch and the Cat). Culminating in a moment where Peter, a few years into his marriage, flirts with infidelity when an attractive young man seeks shelter in Peter’s coffee shop during heavy rains, causing him to question his commitment (Why Isn’t Peter Happy?). The film smartly underlines the difficulties of growing up gay in a country like Indonesia. Festivals & Honors: 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 TLV Fest: The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival 2012 Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) 2013 Leeds Queer Film Festival

Director: Paul Agusta

Paul Agusta was born in Jakarta and studied film at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona before returning to Indonesia in 2003. He was a nationally known film critic, festival director, and film curator/programmer, but gave it up to focus on his work as a film and video-maker. His two feature films Kado Hari Jadi (The Anniversary Gift) and At The Very Bottom Of Everything, which was partially funded by The Hubert Bals Fund, have been shown in various festivals around the world.

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May 23 1.30 pm

Alliance Française

Beauty Sleep (Päivät Kuin Unta) 2010 Narrative Feature 46 min Finland Finnish with EST Asian Premiere

Miss Tampax is a raging drag queen who gets fed up with a conservative politician Markku Wenning and his public homophobic ranting. With his two drag queen friends they kidnap Markku’s wife Kitty. Soon things are never the same for any of them. Festivals & Honors: 2010 Helsinki Short Film Festival - Jury’s Main Award 2011 Tampere Short Film Festival - Jury’s Special Award 2011 Prix Europa - Official Selection

Director: Elias Koskimies


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Elias Koskimies is an acclaimed and controversial film director from Finland. His provocative, exaggerated style is far from Scandinavian minimalism and big in pushing the boundaries. He started his career as a writer for television. After a long stint in TV-entertainment he moved to fiction. His debut feature film Dirty Bomb (2011) received three Jussi-nominations (the Finnish Oscars). His recent work, a musical short I’ve Only Just Begun, (also screening at KASHISH 2013) recently won “Best European Music Video” award at ÈCU - The European Independent Film Festival.

Preceded by

Trans Tales Five varied takes on the dreams and desires of trans-men and trans-women as they test their bonds with families, friends, society and even partners; in bold, moody and at times candidly humorous way! 2011 Documentary Short

Vessel For My Heart Director: Ryan Willow

12.5 min USA English

Asian Premiere

2012 Documentary Short

Most of us live in communities and cultures that expect us to embrace and express one of two genders: male or female. But what if your gender does not match societal expectations? Vessel For My Heart gives trans-women, transmen, genderqueer folk, and trans allies a chance to share their experience of gender and to deconstruct the gender binary.

Putting The “I” In Trans Director: Steen Starr

5 min Canada English Asian Premiere

During the Pride Weekend of 2011, a major Canadian daily comes out with a well-meaning coverage. They just didn’t exactly proofread it which leads to hilarious responses by the community.

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2012 Narrative Short

The Thing Director: Rhys Ernst

15 min USA English Indian Premiere

2011 Narrative Short

Tristan, a trans-man and Zooey hope to reconnect on a road trip with their fluffy cat Stephen. But can they find what they’re looking for at a mysterious roadside attraction known as “The Thing”?

Taboo (Leben Will Ich) Director: Chiara Grabmayr

8 min Germany, Austria German with EST

Since her childhood, Chantal has always felt uncomfortable with her body. She wants to be accepted as a man and a father to her son.

Indian Premiere 2012 Narrative Short

The Blessed (La Santa) Director: Mauricio Lopez Fernandez

14 min Chile Spanish with EST Indian Premiere In Competition


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María looks like any other girl, but she is an intersex person. Her father wants her to impersonate the divine form at the annual procession of the local chapel since he genuinely believes that divine intervention is the only way she can ‘get fixed’.

Alliance Française

May 23 3.15 pm

Boy 2012 Narrative Feature 45 min The Netherlands Dutch, Tagalog with EST Indian Premiere

Director: Tami Ravid

A Filipino cleaner, whose life centers around his hard work to provide for his family back home in the Philippines, tries to redefine his self-esteem, when it is put to test by his boyfriend and employers. ‘Boy’ is a film about living in the shadow of the other, not only in society, but also in love. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Dutch Film Festival, Utrecht, Holland 2013 Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam, Holland 2013 30th Busan International Short Film Festival, Busan, South Korea

Tami Ravid is a filmmaker of Israeli descent, living in Holland worked as a documentary researcher/producer in 1998, before taking up a directing course at the Dutch Film academy. Her works include the documentary Leny, the short fiction films Baby Blues and Samual, many short documentaries and a featurette Boy. She is currently developing a feature film script and a feature documentary, Mitrovica Rocks! Preceded by

Something About Couples They break-up, they make-up, they fight, they argue, they may even cheat on each other… but when the day ends they snuggle into each other’s arms to dream for a new tomorrow! The four shorts in this package capture the many shades of relationships. 2012 Documentary Short 6 min

(A)Typical Couple Director: Masa Zia Lenardic, Anja Wutej

Slovenia Slovene, English with EST

A typical day in a typical life of a typical couple trying to communicate their way through their typical relationship.

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2012 Narrative Short

2nd Best Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

8 min USA English Indian Premiere

2012 Narrative Short

Back home after a tiring visit to IKEA, Riley decided to talk to Adrienne, who is in a terrible mood, about their commitment and love for each other. Sometimes you just can’t stop fighting.

Entwine Director: Raymond Yeung

10 min USA English, Spanish with EST Asian Premiere 2011 Narrative Short

A relationship, which was once loving and fulfilling has disintegrated into indifference and betrayal. However, is the continuing comfort of companionship and familiarity worth the despair?

Coffee & Pie Director: Douglas Horn

15 min USA English Asian Premiere


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Coffee & Pie chronicles the characteristic “break it off” or “get out now” period of a relationship. June and October are breaking up; manipulative June feels her moral superiority justifies the breakup till self-confused October learns from seasoned waitress, that revenge is a dish best served with pie. Opposites no longer attract in this driven comedy!

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May 23 5.00 pm

I Am Gay And Muslim 2012 Documentary Feature 57 min Morocco, The Netherlands English, Dutch with EST

This intimate portrait follows a number of Moroccan gay men in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The men portrayed in the film openly share their personal experiences and talk about the ambiguity and secretiveness of the life they feel condemned to live, although some have openly acknowledged their sexual orientation. A pertinent subject, given the recent social changes taking place in the Maghreb! Festivals & Honors: 2012 Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam - World Premiere 2012 Rhode Island Film Festival – USA Premiere 2013 Queer Film Festival Bangalore 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2013 Torino LGBT Film Festival

Director: Chris Belloni

Chris Belloni studied Political Sciences and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His first documentary with Chrissy van der Linden, 14 N, 16 W (2008) exposes the dire circumstances of physically disabled people in Senegal. He is the founder of “Stichting art.1”, a foundation inspired by the first article of the Dutch constitution. Preceded by

2010 Narrative Short

The Binding Of Ishmael Director: Taofik Kolade

8 min Singapore, USA Bahasa Malay with EST Asian Premiere

Azim questions the meaning of family duty when he is thrust into the violent rift between his father and younger brother, Ahmet. Based on a true story, the film is about “honor killings’’.

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May 23 6.30 pm

Alliance Française

Seventh-Gay Adventists 2012 Documentary Feature 104 min USA English

Asian Premiere

David loves Jesus and wants to go to heaven, but he also is falling in love with Colin. Marcos was fired for being gay, but wants to be a pastor again. Sherri wants her kids to grow up to be good Seventh-Day Adventists even though their religion teaches that same-sex relationships are sinful. Faith, identity, and sexuality collide when three gay and lesbian Seventh-Day Adventists struggle to find their spiritual home, caught between the religion they love and their desire to be fully accepted. The gut-wrenching decisions the film’s subjects have to make about how to be true to themselves and to their faith, sheds an illuminating light about what it means to belong when you find yourself on the margins. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2013 Queer Spirits Film Festival, Canada 2013 Fuller OneTable Film Festival, USA 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2013 Boston LGBT Film Festival

Director: Stephen Eyer and Daneen Akers


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Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer are a producing and directing team who have been traveling with their four-year-old daughter, Lily, for the past year screening their film to over 10,000 people in film festivals, churches, and community centers in the United States, Canada, and Australia. SeventhGayAdventists is their second production following their debut documentary Living With Fibromyalgia: A Journey of Hope and Understanding in 2006.

Alliance May 24 Française 10.00 am 2013 Documentary Short

London London - My Olympic Diary With Yogurinha Borova (London London - Mis Diarios Olímpicos Con Yogurinha Borova)

Director: Alejandro Negueruela

35 min Spain, United Kingdom English, Spanish with EST Asian Premiere In Competition

The adventures of a transvestite as a video blogger at the London 2012 Olympic Games! This documentary seeks to focus on the importance of visibility and normalisation. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, an international mobile brand launched a video blogger contest, choosing nearly one hundred bloggers around the world and sending them to the host city of the Games to cover the day to day life in London as it looked altered by the presence of tourists, sports fans, athletes, media and others. One of the winning teams had a surprise among its members: Yogurinha Borova, a vivacious transvestite. Preceded By

2012 Documentary Short

The Hidden Gem Director: Namratha Thomas

26.14 min Australia English with EST International Premiere

Jemma is Steven Gray’s alter ego, and his best chance at coping and leading a normal life. Steven Gray, a 43-year-old indigenous Australian is a Queensland-born middle child between two sisters. For over thirty years Steven lived a double life, publicly suppressing his urges to live as a woman for the sake of keeping up appearances. Once a dancer at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), with whom he performed around the world, in 1987, Steven decides to let Jemma out for good. The film follows its protagonist’s journey back home for the first time as Jemma. Will her family be accepting of the person she is?

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May 24 11.30 am

Alliance Française

Centrepiece Narrative Feature

Noor 2012 Narrative Feature 79 min France, Pakistan Urdu, Punjabi with EST Noor feels he doesn’t belong anymore to the ‘Khusras’, Pakistan’s transgender community. And he is definitely done with the love story he had with one of them, that had drastically changed his life. Now, he is doing a man’s job in a truck decoration centre and is determined to find a girl who will accept him as he is. A sudden turn of circumstances makes him runaway with a truck. He heads off for the Swat valley. In his flight from civilization he meets a female dancer who may inspire him in classical dance and love. The film was extensively shot in Pakistan at Rawalpindi, Lahore, the Karakoram highway, Gilgit, the Hunza Valley and the picturesque Shandoor Lake. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Festival De Cannes 2012, Acid Section 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic 2012 Dieppe International Film Festival, France - Grand Prix 2012 Bogota Film Festival, Colombia - Best Fiction Film Prize 2012 Pusan International Film Festival, Asian Premiere – World Cinema Section 2012 Rome Mediterranean Film Festival - Special Jury Mention 2012 Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Canada 2012 Goa International Film Festival, India 2012 Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco 2012 Chennai International Film Festival, India 2013 Pune International Film Festival, India

Director: Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti


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Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti, the director duo based in Paris, Istanbul and Lahore, started their journey into filmmaking with short fictions and documentaries shot in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe, screened and awarded in more than 50 Festivals and broadcast on several European TV channels. Noor is their debut fiction feature.

Preceded By 2012 Narrative Short

What You Looking At? Director: Faryal

10 min United Kingdom English Asian Premiere In Competition

A dark comedy that reaches into the rich tapestry of multi-cultural London and pulls out two very different characters – a Muslim woman in a burkha and a drag queen get trapped in a lift with surprising results!

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May 24 1.30 pm

Alliance Française A Four Letter Word Love and Lust - are these interchangeable or just inseparable?

2011 Narrative Short

Alle Werden Director: Piet Baumgartner

19 min Switzerland German with EST Samuel meets Philippe, his best friend Andreas’s colleague. As the two get close, Andreas finds himself in an uncomfortable position watching his best friend blindly falling for someone who is just a flirt. Love-struck Samuel soon starts distrusting Andreas, putting their old friendship at stake. 2011 Narrative Short

Black Mask (Máscara Negra) Director: Rene Brasil

15 min Brazil Portuguese with EST Asian Premiere


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Gregório has a platonic crush for a masked woman, whom he encountered at a masquerade carnival ball. He meets her again this year just before the annual fundraising soccer game where he and his friends participate dressed as women. Is she the one he has been longing for?

2012 Narrative Short

Ha(r)d To Say Director: Miguel Gabaldon

13 min Spain, USA No dialogues Indian Premiere In Competition 2012 Narrative Short

On the busy streets of New York, two men look at each other. Something clicks! A connection is made. A wordless romance unfolds all those things they have to say to each other.

One Night Director: Joséphine Adams

23 min Sweden Norwegian with EST Asian Premiere 2012 Narrative Short 19 min

A Norwegian nightclub becomes the meeting place for the first few hours in a young couple’s relationship, as they deal with intimacy and desire.

Holden Director: Roque Madrid, Juan Arcones

Spain, France Spanish with EST Asian Premiere In Competition

Holden is a young photographer suffering from short-term memory loss. He gets an assignment in Paris to do a photo shoot with a famous French actor for the promotion of his latest release. A mutual admiration sparks an attraction. They end up spending the premiere night walking through the streets of Paris, knowing it’s probably the only night they will have together.

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May 24 3.15 pm

Alliance Française

Mama Rainbow 2012 Documentary Feature 80 min China Mandarin with EST

For Chinese parents, finding out that their kid is gay usually presents a major “tragedy”. However, during recent years a fresh rainbow breeze has been blowing over the Chinese mainland: a pioneer generation of Chinese parents have been stepping up and speaking out for their gay kids. Mama Rainbow features six mothers from around China, who talk openly about their gay and lesbian children. With their unconditional love, they give a whole new definition to Chinese-style family bonds. Festivals & Honors: 2012, 9th Beijing Independent Film Festival 2012, 24th Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2013 Bangalore Queer Film Festival

Director: Popo Fan

Popo Fan is a Chinese independent filmmaker, writer and activist. After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy, he directed several globally acclaimed queer-themed documentaries which include Taipei, City of Rainbow (2008), New Beijing, New Marriage (2009), Chinese Closet (2010), Be a Woman (2011). He has been a major force in showing queer films to audiences across China. In 2011, he was awarded the Prism Award of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for his work.

Filmmaker in Attendance


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Alliance Française

May May 24 24 5.00 pm

In-Between Days (Dui Dhuranir Golpo) 2012 Documentary Feature 58 min India Bengali with EST

Bubai and Chiranjit are two transgender childhood friends from a poor neighborhood in Kolkata. They are confronted with social castration at a young age and start to accept money for sex as so-called ‘wedding dancers’. In spite of their exposed lives and constant threat of violence and HIV, they live a flamboyant and extroverted life. What starts as an objectively distant documentary develops both in front of and across the camera, as Bubai and Chiranjit become members of a non-profit organisation that supports trans and homosexuals in India. Their close bond is complicated by the fact that Chiranjit is promoted and Bubai gets a boyfriend. Ego and jealousy seeps in. The friendship that survived through the most difficult times is jeopardised during happy days. Festivals & Honors: 2012 CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Festival- World Premiere 2012 ‘Rainbow’ LGBT Film Festival, Calcutta 2013 12th DocPoint Helsinki 2013 Bangalore Queer Film Festival

Director: Sankhajit Biswas

Sankhajit Biswas aka Sankha born in Kolkata, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Editing from Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute. He participated in the Berlin Talent Campus, 2010. Documentary films edited by him have been screened in IDFA, DokLeipzig, Toronto, Yamagata, Film South Asia and have won many national and international awards. In-Between Days marks his debut as a director.

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Alliance Française

Graupel Poetry 2011 Narrative Feature 77 min Hong Kong, China Mandarin with EST How does one draw a boundary dividing reality and dreams? Is it too wrong to escape, or too hard to confront? Leung and Ming share a small flat in Hong Kong. Leung is an aspiring actor in his first big role, who suffers from recurring nightmares. When his co-star turns up dead, an apparent murder, Leung spirals into a jumbled, uncertain world where everything he has known, including his own identity, comes into question. Meanwhile, his relationship with Ming moves in a startling direction that raises questions about the foundation of their bond. The filmmaker plays with audience perception creating a riveting mash-up of reality and dreams that explode into a filmmaking language like nothing one has seen before. Graupel Poetry is a fascinating jarring tale that represents cinematic poetry at its finest. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Frameline36 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival - World Premiere 2012 5th Minneapolis Underground Film Festival - Winner Best Experimental 2012 Queer Fruits Film Festival, Australia 2013 Hong Kong Independent Film Festival

Director: Bruce X Saxway

Bruce X Saxway is a Hong Kong-based digital visual artist. He graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Film and City University of Hong Kong Department of Creative Media. Graupel Poetry is his debut independent feature film after his short film It’s All Written (2009).

Preceded by


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2012 Documentary Short

The Lala Road Director: Letitia Lamb

10 min Australia English, Mandarin with EST Asian Premiere In Competition

Chinese women face intense pressure to marry before they get too old. Not to marry and not to bear children is to disrespect family. Stakes are especially high for Cain, Zhang Linlin, Baozi and Ruyi. They are ‘Lalas’ or women who love women. They want to love who they choose and to be loved for who they are. To be true to their families, their culture and to themselves, they must find a new way. It’s a road that may take them far from China. The intimate film is a peek into the quite invisible world of Chinese lesbian women. Followed by

2012 Documentary Short

Strong Director: Xiaogang Wei

30 min China Mandarin with EST International Premiere

Strong puts a human face on violence against LGBT people in China. Meet Zhang Lingxuan, a young man from Fujian: physically harassed in high school for being openly gay. He finds out how deep homophobia runs when he doesn’t get any support from the school authorities. Armed with an indestructible spirit, he courageously pursues his dreams and starts using his experience to raise LGBT awareness throughout China. Complemented by testimonies of Chinese experts & activists, this documentary is a testimony to the importance of highlighting and fighting against violence towards LGBT people.

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Alliance Française 10.00 am

May 25

A War Within Homophobia at times is internalised. Before fighting it in the outside world, one has to battle it within oneself. This package of three short films offers intense, gritty powerful stories dealing with homophobia by others and by self. 2012 Narrative Short

Homophobia Director: Gregor Schmidinger

23 min Austria German with EST Indian Premiere In Competition

2012 Narrative Short

Michael serves with the Austrian military forces and is on a weekly border duty where he develops feelings for Raphael, one of his comrades. Jürgen, another comrade, comes to know about Michael’s secret and starts bullying him. The suppressed conflict bubbles up during their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.

Deep Down Ballet (Jetzt Aber Ballett aka But Now Ballet) Director: Isabell Šuba

30 min Germany German with EST Indian Premiere


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A usual combat drill puts the relationship of trainee sergeants Bella and Sandra to test. Surrounded by homophobic comrades, both can’t afford to help each other and also can’t make their respective battalions loose. They have to battle until it no longer matters. Who will betray their love first?

2012 Narrative Short

Kiss Me Director: Jules Nurrish

11.27 min USA English

Indian Premiere In Competition

A gritty neo-noir set in East LA’s tough Latino boxing scene. A young boxer grapples with parallel dilemmas, as he deals with the aftermath of a particularly ugly fight in the ring, even as he begins to recognize the more urgent call of his own repressed sexuality.

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May 25 11.30 am

Alliance Française

...And The Unclaimed (…Ebang Bewarish)

Debalina (More than A Friend, screened at KASHISH 2011) returns with yet another heart-wrenching documentary – this time about the fate of lesbian women in India. Find details on Page no. 57

Preceded by

2013 Narrative Short

Milk And Vodka Director: Tonnette Stanford

24 min Australia English

Asian Premiere


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Astrid immerses herself in the intensity of her first love. However, paranoia consumes her when she suspects her girlfriend, Emily, may be cheating. She finds herself increasingly drawn towards her best friend until the lines become blurred and she is forced to choose between the genuine love her friend can offer or follow her heart towards Emily, who cannot love her back.

Centrepiece Documentary Feature

Alliance Française

May 25 1.30 pm

Call Me Kuchu 2012 Documentary Feature 87 min USA, Uganda English, Luganda with EST David Kato –Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat a new bill that threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. They face constant threat of violence from Christian fanatics and local newspapers outing and shaming known LGBT persons, called “kuchus”. Kato and his fellow comrades-in-arms remain resilient and full of hope. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. Festivals & Honors: 2012 Berlin Film Festival - Teddy Award Best Documentary 2012 Torino GLBT Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - Best International Feature 2012 Frameline36 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival - Audience Award 2012 Durban Int’l FF, South Africa - Amnesty Int’l Durban Human Rights Award 2012 Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival - Best Documentary Award 2013 10th Bilbao IGLFF - Zinegoak, Spain - Best Documentary Feature Award 2013 12th DocPoint Helsinki

Katherine Fairfax Wright graduated from Columbia University with a double major in Film Studies and Anthropology. She produced Gabi On The Roof In July, which won Best Narrative Feature and Best Actress awards at the Brooklyn Film Festival. Malika Zouhali-Worrall is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds an Director: MA in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. She Malika Zouhali- started her career as a print and video journalist. She has reported from India, Worrall Uganda, China and the US on politics, technology and LGBT rights. Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright

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May 25 3.15 pm

Alliance Française

R/Evolve 2013 Narrative Feature 90 min USA English Asian Premiere In Competition Lucas and Lincoln just got engaged. Once gay marriage is legal, Lucas will have it all. However, Lincoln isn’t satisfied. After picking up a radical queer hitchhiker, Raccoon, Lincoln inadvertently enters the world of art and activism. New concepts of freedom and stability are revealed to him, awakening the artist inside him. Lincoln threatens the life he has built, and the campaign for marriage equality, leaving everyone asking, “What is the face of marriage equality and what is the price?” Festivals & Honors: 2013 27th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival -World Premiere 2013 OutView Film Festival Athens, Greece 2013 Kyiv International Queer Film Fest, Ukraine

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Billie Rain is a differently-abled writer, activist and filmmaker. S/he grew up in the Washington DC area, spending hir youth being active in movements for social change, including Positive Force, ACT-UP and Riot Grrrl. Years of chronic illness and a rare tumor condition have given hir an amazing sense of groundedness, connection and self-advocacy that fuel hir passion to bring truth, in all its pain and glory, to audiences everywhere. Hir debut feature film Heart Breaks Open (2011) which is part of hir heart trilogy screened at KASHISH 2011.

May 25

Alliance Française

5.00 pm

At The Edge Edgy short films package with the touch of thrill, fear and mystery that will leave you breathless at every unexpected turn.

2010 Narrative Short

It’s Just A Detail (Sólo Un Detalle) Director: Giovanni Maccelli

3 min Spain Spanish with EST Asian Premiere

2012 Narrative Short

When cleaning up the scene of the crime, Ana gets more of a surprise than she has bargained for.

Last Man Out Director: David M. Young

16 min USA English

Asian Premiere

The ghost of a Civil War soldier and a closeted, overworked accountant - both want freedom from the prisons that confine them. And the poetry of Walt Whitman’s Leaves Of Grass provides the key.

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2012 Narrative Short

The Men’s Room Director: Jane Pickett

15 min USA English

Indian Premiere

2011 Narrative Short

When Thomas ventures into a park for cruising, he uncovers a striking complexity composed of desire, fear and betrayal. The Men’s Room explores a world of secrecy and code lurking just below the surface of normalcy.

Night Shift (Turno De Noche) Director: Giovanni Maccelli

16 min Spain Spanish with EST Asian Premiere


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An empty shopping mall and a basement full of mannequins, Night Shift follows a window dresser and a security guy as they form a friendship with some deadly consequences.

Alliance Française

May 25 6.30 pm

Route Of Acceptance 2012 Narrative Feature 115 min Canada English

Out & Proud aspiring screenwriter Ryan Stark is having a hard time deciding which university to go to and is fearful of leaving the comforts and predictability of her life thus far. The film explores three realities of this young lesbian’s life and shows how a decision like your career selection can change your entire future. Each life path evokes intense emotions as Ryan is torn between her love for career, family and marriage Festivals & Honors: 2012 Reelpride-Winnipeg’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012 Hamburg International Queer Film Festival 7 2012 Image+Nation Montreal 2013 Melbourne Queer Film Festival March 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine Sobre Diversidad Sexual Genero Argentina 2013 27th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2013 Outview Film Festival, Athens, Greece

Heather Tobin is a Canadian Independent Filmmaker. She graduated from the three year Broadcasting Program as a Film Major at Niagara College Canada with honors. Director: Heather Tobin

She then started her own Independent film company, “To Each Her Own Films” where she has directed and produced a full length documentary I Do (2005) and full length feature film To Each Her Own (2008). Both these screened and won awards at several significant festivals around the world.

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Allied Events (at Foyer opposite Screen 1, Cinemax Versova)

Panel Discussion May 23 5.30 pm Facilitated by IDF

Book Reading May 24 3.00 pm

Face To Face May 24 5.30 pm


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From Idea to Screen: Challenges of making a documentary film in India From propagandist films to films shaped by political ideologies to the more recent trend of exploring multifaceted identities and issues, the Indian documentary tradition has come a long way. Though it still exists under the shadow of its big brother Bollywood, Indian documentary films are slowly emerging into their own. Starting with “I have an idea� to distributing the film, how do filmmakers make a documentary film. Where to find the money? Is a trailer crucial? How to pitch your film for International markets. Five industry professionals come together to share their life experiences in the making of a documentary film.

Creating Spaces Reading from the works of noted novelist, historian and playwright Sarah Schulman, who is the author of 17 books and co-founder of the ACT UP Oral History Project and MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival. The reading will be followed with a conversation that will focus on queer writing and publishing; and what it takes to be an out lesbian activist for so many years. It will also draw out thoughts about visibility and representation of LBT persons in writings, films and media.

KASHISH Konversations An erudite and in-depth conversation between an eminent critic and an established filmmaker whose film has either broken new ground in queer cinema or has been extremely popular with audiences across the world. This year the conversation with KASHISH 2013 Filmmaker in Focus Mr. Jim Hubbard, reputed filmmaker and activist from New York, centers around the works of the filmmaker, his inspiration, acclaim, outreach of his films.

Panel Discussion May 25 3.00 pm

Panel Discussion May 25 5.30 pm

Panel Discussion May 26 3.00 pm Sponsored by NOMURA

Open House May 26 5.30 pm

Trans: Reel and the Real! The transgender community, despite its high visibility, remains at the margins of the society and often even the queer coalition. Popular cinema has tried to fit them into clichés - either as predators or with hearts of gold. However, the real issues facing the community gets ignored, which a new breed of independent film makers have now tried to portray. How realistic are these films? Do they help in integrating the community with the mainstream or further marginalize them? Do actors do justice to such roles? Filmmakers, actors and trans-persons have a dialogue in a revealing panel discussion.

Out and Proud at work! Over the last few years, a growing number of companies in India have formed LGBT resource groups in their organizations to reach out to gay and lesbian employees as part of their diversity initiatives. A 2011 study revealed that such groups help companies not only to attract talent but also retain employees. Do such groups help LGBT employees, even as Indian society is still slowly waking up to the reality of out queer persons. What are the strategies that companies can adopt employee to reach out to lesbian and gay employees? Is there a business case for LGBT employee groups?

We are Family: Love and acceptance the Bollywood way Rab jo bhi karta hai, acche ke liye karta hai na (Whatever God does, he does it for the best) - This dialogue between Priyanka Chopra and Kirron Kher about parental acceptance of LGBT children, became a pivotal scene in the movie Dostana. Over the last few years, other Bollywood films have taken tentative steps in portraying parents, siblings, friends’ acceptance of LGBT persons. With Bollywood having such a huge impact on the Indian society, do such positive portrayals help in mainstreaming of LGBT issues, especially how parents deal with their children coming out? Are films finally willing to shed stereotypes, and take on issues concerning queer persons, their family relationships and society’s acceptance? What do the parents of LGBT children have to say about it?

Dialogues with Emerging Filmmakers Since its debut in 2010, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film fest has provided a platform to budding filmmakers who make films on queer themes with great resource crunch and against all odds. The festival provides a spring board to them to showcase their films on an international scale. For many filmmakers it is the only avenue to showcase their works to a larger mainstream audience. At the moderated Open House, a panel of young, emerging filmmakers, will speak about their joy, anxiety, passion and glory of taking that first step into filmdom.

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Festival Team Festival Director Sridhar Rangayan

Head Media & PR Shibu Thomas

Festival Programmer Saagar Gupta

Venue Administrator (Cinemax) Sachin Awasthy Venue Coordinator (Alliance Francaise) Juhi Rajpal Foyer Event Coordinator Kavita Nair Bhatia Hospitality & Guest Coordinator Sibi Mathen Opening & Closing Night Coordinator Praful Baweja Jury Coordinator Bhumika Parekh Finance Coordinator Chandresh Mehta Production Controller Atul Charve Production Assistant Sanjay Wadke


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Festival Interns Esther Trienekens, Hemant Yadav

Catalog Program Notes Saagar Gupta Guelcin Koerpe (Documentary) Shibu Thomas (Allied Events) Program Edit Shibu Thomas Design Yogesh Jahagirdar Trailer Text Shibu Thomas Editor Praveen Angre Assistant Editor: Shreeram Post Production Studios Edivo Gurukripa

Festival Partners & Associates KASHISH is grateful to our corporate sponsors, businesses and organisations who have supported to make this year’s festival happen. Our heartfelt thanks to all of them.

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Venue Partners

Award Partners

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Industry Partners

Hospitality Partner

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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. Jayesh Desai Priyesh Chaudhary Hrishikesh Sathawane Well Wisher Animesh Bahadur Prasad Kapil Sharma Yuvraaj Parashar Joe Zachariah Nitin Kale Swagat Shah Well Wisher Friend Ujjwal Utkarsh Rohit Vishal Bharat M Ivan Mathew John Saurabh Bondre Hemant T Shah Kundan Chaudhary Kunal Bhatia Vachan Kudmule Friend Friend Friend Naimuddin Jatu Maitreya Well Wisher Sopan Muller Ajay Girish Redij Aditya Joshi Well Wisher Aashin Sahijwani Lokesh Rocky Dsouza Vinodh Philip Kshitij Bisen Pratap Sampat Wellwisher Gavin Young (as of on May 17)

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List of Films Narrative Features Angels (Anjeli) 39 Auroville 316 50 Boy 83 Beauty Sleep (P채iv채t Kuin Unta) 80 Chitrangada 75 Dopehri 58 Eating Out: The Open Weekend 64 Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo) 49 Gayby 73 Graupel Poetry 94 Keep The Lights On 65 Lan Yu 52 Love or Whatever 53 The Men Next Door 74 Morgan 60 Noor 88 The Ode 63 The Parade (Parada) 27 Parts of the Heart (Menjelajahi Ruang Hati) 79 A Perfect Ending 51 R/Evolve 100 Route of Acceptance 103 Speechless (Wu Yan) 40 Documentary Features ... And The Unclaimed (... Ebang Bewarish) 57, 98 Call Me Kuchu 99 Hide and Seek (Chuppan Chupai) 45 I Am Gay And Muslim 85 In-Between Days (Dui Dhuranir Golpo) 93 The Invisible Men (Gvarim Bilti Nirim) 31 Mama Rainbow 92 Not A Man In Sight (Ingen Mann I Sikte) 44 Seventh-Gay Adventists 86 United in Anger: A History of ACT UP 35 Vito 62 Documentary Shorts (A)Typical Couple Beyond Binary


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Beyond The Team 28 The Devotion Project: More Than Ever 56 The Hidden Gem 87 The Lala Road 95 London London - My Olympic Diary With Yogurinha Borova 87 Putting the “I” in Trans 81 Strong 95 Two Girls Against The Rain 55 Vessel For My Heart 81 What Do You Know? 78 Narrative Shorts 2nd Best 84 Adults Only 54 Alle Werden 90 Always Again 46 As They Say (Kif Ma Yi Qulu) 41 Awake (Despierta) 67 A Backside Approach 37 The Binding Of Ishmael 85 Black Mask (Máscara Negra) 90 The Blessed (La Santa) 82 Break The Closet 30 Coffee & Pie 84 The Commitment 43 Consent (Consentement) 54 Continental Drift 39 Curtains 29 Deep Down Ballet (Jetzt Aber Ballett) 96 Down Here 55 The Empty Nest (El Nido Vacío) 73 Entwine 84 Free 29 Free Man 42 Fresh Fruit 46 Go Go Reject 38 Growing Pains 67 Ha(r)d To Say 91 Hard Knock Rock: Sufferin’ Till You’re Straight 69 Hatch 41 Heroine N Hero (Kothie N Panthie) 70 Holden 91 Homophobia 96 House For Sale 49 I’m Gay 78 In Some Moments.. (Kuch Palon Mein…) 72 Inner Cabin 77 It’s Consuming Me 36 It’s Just A Detail (Sólo Un Detalle) 101 I’ve Only Just Begun 30

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Jackpot 38 Kiss Me 97 The Lady And The Tramp 47 Last Man Out 101 Little Flower (Petite Fleur) 47 Lonely (Tanha) 72 Lonely Walls (Ektya Bhinti) 71 Me 29 Me (Moi) 68 The Men’s Room 102 Mila Caos 42 Milk And Vodka 98 Neighbors (Vecinas) 47 Night Shift (Turno De Noche) 102 One Night 91 One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others 42 One Shot 78 Passing Through (Pasajero) 66 Performance Anxiety 64 The Piece Of Furniture (El Mueble De Las Fotos) 43 The Plan 48 Polaroid Girl 48 Pride 43 Prora 61 The Queen of My Dreams 28 Queer Pet Adventures 68 The Reel And The Real 59 Remember To Breathe 56 Reminiscence Of Ether 70 Rendezvous 71 Sabbatical 37 Shabbat Dinner 36 So Pomo 77 A Stable For Disabled Horses 32 Taboo (Leben Will Ich) 82 Tell Me A Memory 56 These Empty Street 32 The Thing 82 Time Out 37 Troy: Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing! 69 Tsuyako 48 Unanimated (Desanimado) 68 Urmi 59 W And Z 77 What You Looking At? 89 The Wilding 33 World Above Head (Il Mondo Sopra La Testa) 69 Yeah Kowalski 33


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Timeless ... And The Stories Unclaimed (Short Films Package)

Q Toons (Animation Films Package)

Saturday May 25

Sunday May 26 Indian Masala Mix 2 (Short Films Package)

Urmi, The Reel & The Real, With Dopehri

Girl Shorts (Short Films Package)

Best of Iris (Short Films Package)

12.30 pm

Boy Shorts (Short Films Package)

05.00 pm

With Gayby

The Empty Nest

With Morgan


The Men Next Door

Vito (Centerpiece Film)

House For Sale Auroville 316 With Facing Mirrors (Centerpiece Film)

United In Anger: A History of ACT UP (Filmmaker In Focus)

02.45 pm

Schedule subjected to change without prior notice at the discretion of the festival.

Indian Masala Mix 1 (Short Films Package)

Hide And Seek

Not A Man In Sight

Friday May 24

11.15 am

The Invisible Towards Men Change 1 (Short Films Package) With Beyond The Team

10.00 am

Thursday May 23

Wednesday May 22

Day / Date

Cinemax, Versova, Andheri, Screen 1

8.00 pm Award Ceremony

The Ode

A Perfect Ending

Continental Drift With Angels

7.30 pm Opening Ceremony By Invitation Only

07.00 pm

10.30 pm Chitrangada (Closing Film)

With Eating Out: The Open Weekend

Performance Anxiety

Lan Yu


9.30 Pm The Parade (Opening Film) By Invitation Only

09.15 pm

With Keep The Lights On

Passing Through

Adults Only, Consent, With Love Or Whatever

Family Matters! (Short Films Package)

11.00 pm

5.30 pm

3.00 pm

5.30 pm

3.00 pm

5.30 pm

3.00 pm

5.30 pm

May 23

May 24

May 24

May 25

May 25

May 26

May 26

Open House

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

KASHISH Konversations

Book Reading

Panel Discussion


A War Within (Short Films Package)

With London London

Hidden Gem

Films Package)

11.30 am

Milk & Vodka With ... And The Unclaimed


What Are You Looking At? With Noor (Centerpiece

Parts Of The Heart Towards Change 2 (Short

10.00 am

Mama Rainbow

A Four Letter Word (Short Films package) (Centerpiece Film)


Something About Couples (Short Films Package) With Boy

Trans Tales (Short Films Package) With Beauty Sleep

Call Me Kuchu

03.15 pm

01.30 pm

Dialogues with Emerging Filmmakers

At The Edge (Short Films Package)

In Between Days

Binding Of Ishmael With I Am Gay And Muslim

05.00 pm

We are Family: Love and acceptance the Bollywood way

Out and Proud at Work!

Trans: Reel to Real!

Face-to-Face with reputed filmmaker and activist Jim Hubbard

Creating Spaces: Conversation with Sarah Schulman

Route Of Acceptance

Strong, The Lala Road, With Graupel Poetry

Seventh-Gay Adventists

06.30 pm

From Idea to Screen : Challenges of making a documentary film in India


Schedule subjected to change without prior notice at the discretion of the festival.

Saturday May 25

Friday May 24

Thursday May 23

Day / Date

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Cinemax, Versova, Andheri, Foyer Opposite Screen 1

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