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KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2019 to kick start from June 12

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, one of the top five LGBT film festivals in the world, will celebrate its 10th edition this year and for the seventh year in a row, it will raise funds through crowd funding to organise South Asia's biggest LGBTQ film festival. It will be held from June 12-16, 2019 at Mumbai’s Liberty Carnival Cinemas and Metro Inox. 

KASHISH was the first LGBTQ event in India to successfully raise money through crowdfunding in 2012. This year the festival hopes to raise Rs 5 lakhs to meet part of its expenses. The campaign to raise funds is being held on Wishberry, a crowd funding platform.

"If the festival has managed to survive and stand up to celebrate its 10th year, it's because of the support we receive from companies and individuals. They believe in the power of the festival in creating social change. Every year the crowdfunding campaign is a star attraction and engages with people all over the world with the simple message, ' Together we can make it happen.' We hope this year with Section 377 gone we can celebrate in a big way and we entreat everyone to contribute generously," said Sridhar Rangayan, founder and festival director.

KASHISH 2019 crowd funding campaign will use part of the funds raised for a scholarship for selected filmmakers from across India to come to the film festival and interact with the audience, film making fraternity and showcase their films. This year, besides priority seating and exclusive invites to the opening night red carpet party, crowd funders will also be rewarded with virtual reality film experiences at the festival. 

This year’s theme ‘Over The Rainbow’ not only commemorates the reading down of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalization of same-sex relationships in India but also defines the challenges in store for the LGBTQ community’s journey towards empowerment and social acceptance. Bringing together films from all over the world as well as panel discussions and performances, the festival will showcase the shared struggles and victories, and offer a window to existing and future possibilities.

The film festival was founded in 2010. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. It is also the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre.

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