KASHISH 2014 Poster

Wendell Rodricks picks Hyderabad designer as winner of KASHISH Poster Contest

Wendell Rodricks
India's top fashion designer Padma Shri Wendell Rodricks has picked the poster submitted by Hyderabad-based graphic designer Punith Mahesh as the winning design of the KASHISH International Poster Competition. The poster design contest was truly international this year, with entries from across India - Mumbai, Hyderabad to Chandigarh, Goa and Shillong; and even outside India from several countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Estonia.

The poster will be the look of the fifth edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, scheduled to be held from May 21-May 25, 2014. The competition asked designers to creatively interpret this year's festival theme 'Dare To Dream'.

KASHISH 2014 Poster
Wendell Rodricks said of the winning design, "The stark graphics and the concept of exploring the mind makes this poster a winner. At a time when we need a change of mindset over Section 377 and new concepts of expression in queer cinema, this poster makes for a refreshing think tank. The overall impact of the poster is unforgettable and easily identifiable. Congratulations to the winner". Wendell Rodricks has instituted a cash prize of Rs 20,000 for the winner of the contest.

Punith Mahesh
Punith Mahesh said he was 'shocked' and 'overwhelmed' when he heard that he had been chosen the winner.  "It feels great to win a prestigious national level award. This award will be a great boost to my future and hope there are many more to come. I profoundly thank KASHISH and Wendell Rodricks for choosing my art as the winner,'' said Punith, who claims he lives by the quote "I dream my design, and then I design my dream". Punith says he perceives designs from scribbles and describes his style as "sort of modern, free hand and sketching."

Explaining his design Punith said that the butterflies represent the flight of human ideas, imagination and innovation, while the stars depict the infinite world out there for the ideas to soar.

Sridhar Rangayan
"Exploring the theme Dare To Dream in several unique ways, the diversity of designs were astounding. Coming from students, to professional designers, to young people from the LGBT community, it reflected every artist's interpretation of what it means to dream", says Rangayan, "We are really happy with the simple enigmatic design that Wendell Rodricks has chosen and it almost mirrors what is going on in our minds as we prepare for KASHISH 2014 to be held in May."

KASHISH 2014, South Asia's and India’s biggest and only mainstream queer film festival, will be held between May 21-25, 2014 in Mumbai at a multiplex and at Alliance Française de Bombay. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival


KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in association with Saathi and QAM presents:

Best of KASHISH film screening
& Panel Discussion

January 29th, 2014

5 pm to 10 pm

F. C. Kohli Auditorium
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Adi Shankaracharya Marg, Powai,
Mumbai 400076

The evening will feature award winning and popular films from KASHISH 2013, South Asia's biggest queer film festival, alongwith a panel discussion titled "11-12-13 What Next?" about Sec 377.

Information about films and panelists will be shared soon.


KASHISH website: http://mumbaiqueerfest.com/
KASHISH facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF

Saathi website: http://www.saathi-iitb.org/
Saathi FB: https://www.facebook.com/saathi.iitb

Best of KASHISH & Dancing Queens @ NCPA


QAM 2014 EVENT: Film Screening + Dance Performance Combo = An entertaining evening of Dance & Drama! 

The evening will feature award winning and popular films from KASHISH 2013, South Asia's biggest queer film festival, alongwith a scintillating dance performance by Dancing Queens, India's only transgender dance troupe.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in association with Dancing Queens and QAM presents:

Best of KASHISH film screening 
& Dancing Queens dance performance

January 26th, 2014

3 pm to 9 pm

Little Theater
National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA)
NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021
Phone:022 2282 4567

2.45 pm - Audience Seating
3.00 pm - Welcome and address by Chief Guest Shyam Benegal, Guest of Honour Shobhaa De and KASHISH Advisory Board Member Prof. Nandini Sardesai 
3.30 pm - Performance by Dancing Queens
4.00 pm - Film Screening
6.00 pm - Break
6.30 pm - Film Screening Continues
8.45 pm - Vote of Thanks

List of films to be screened at this event: https://www.facebook.com/notes/kashish-miqff/films-playing-best-of-kashish-at-ncpa/10152159907133570

KASHISH 2014 - International Poster Design Contest

KASHISH International Poster Design Contest for the official festival poster and overall look of KASHISH 2014 is now open. 

Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is now seeking an international cool look for its 5th edition with the theme ‘Dare To Dream’. The theme is a salute to the undying spirit and synergy of our Indian queer community whose decades-long struggle for equality and dignity has been setback by the recent Supreme Court verdict regarding Sec 377. Disheartened, but not willing to give up, the Indian queer community fights back with hope for a non-discriminatory world.  

For the past two years KASHISH International Poster Design Contest has become a celebrated worldwide competition, receiving entries from several countries.

The winner is picked by India's top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks who has also instituted a cash award of INR 20,000 for the poster winner.

While the 2012 winner was a young student S.Ayyappa from Hyderabad, the 2013 winner was a graphic designer Prachi Patil-Kotkar from Mumbai. 

This year it could be you. Unleash your creativity to design a winning poster for KASHISH 2014 and win a cash award of INR 20,000 along with a beautiful KASHISH trophy.

KASHISH 2014 will be held from May 21-25, 2014 in Mumbai. Now, you can be apart of the festival by designing its official POSTER, wherever you are in the world. The design will also feature on billboards, print and online advertisements, catalog cover, banners, cinema slides and delegate cards.

Poster Contest Rules

1. Submission Deadline:  February 15, 2014

2.The submitted poster design MUST include:

- KASHISH logo which is available at:

-Tagline:  South Asia’s Biggest Queer Film Festival

- Festival Dates: May 21-25, 2014 

- Space for logos of organizers and partners (to be inserted later)

3.The submitted poster design should be:

- A2 size (420 x 594 mm or 16.5 x 23.4 inches VERTICAL)
Poster designs in Horizontal or Landscape orientation will not be considered.

- In high resolution jpeg format (max 5mb)
Upon selection the design should be available as a Corel Draw / Adobe Photoshop file. It should be adaptable for festival’s branding like Banners, Catalog, T-shirts,Certificates,

- Free of copyright infringements.
All images used in the poster should be original and not be copyrighted elsewhere.

- Accompanied by a Concept Note explaining your design.

Poster Contest FAQs

Who can submit ?
This is an International Competition. Anyone, anywhere in the world can participate.

How many entries can I submit?
Each participant is allowed to submit maximum TWO entries. Anyone found to have submitted more than that will be disqualified.

What about images to be used?
It could be a graphic or a photograph that is easily adaptable across design platforms. The participant holds full responsibility of owning the copyright to the images and designs submitted to the contest. The entry will be disqualified if it has any copyrighted image or element.

How do I submit or send my design?
Email design and concept note along with your contact details toinfo.kashishmiqff@gmail.com

Can I re-use my poster design from this contest for other projects
No.All submissions cannot be submitted or used fully or partially elsewhere till the results are announced. The winning design becomes the property of KASHISH and cannot be reused anywhere in full or in parts.

Will I get credit if my design is selected?
Yes of course! As the winner designer your name will be announced in the press and on the festival website. Also, your face pic will appear in the festival catalog with your brief bio note.

Is there any other reward?
The reward includes INR 20,000 cash award, a KASHISH trophy, and a Festival Guest Pass that allows entry to all festival events during KASHISH 2014 (travel and accommodation to festival at participants own cost).

What if I am not based in India and my entry is selected as the winner, how will I get the cash reward then?
The reward amount will be wired to your bank after deduction of bank transfer charges, and courier cost to send your trophy.  

For information about last year’s festival, please check http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com

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Call for Film Submissions for KASHISH 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Please fill out the ONLINE FILM SUBMISSION FORM at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K2014-FilmSubmissionForm
This form does not have the facility to be saved. You have to fill it in one session.

However you can download a sample KASHISH 2014 Film Submission Form as a pdf here: http://mumbaiqueerfest.com/Sample-KASHISH2014-filmsubmission.pdf   
This is for your reference only. Only forms filled ONLINE will be accepted.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Film submissions may be made through:
a. Digital file mailed to kashish.miqff@gmail.com via wetransfer.com or any file share service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For any queries related to film submission, please write to Saagar Gupta, Director of Programming at kashish.miqff@gmail.com


You can find more information about past festivals at

Support KASHISH 2013 with a Contribution

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions, please write to pride.kashish@gmail.com



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Advertise with KASHISH 2013

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

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


Partner with KASHISH 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Write to partner.kashish@gmail.com to receive the Partnership Proposal docket.