Mumbai architect wins KASHISH 2017 poster contest, Wendell Rodricks picks winner

Poster portrays the theme of 8th edition of South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film fest – ‘Diverse, One’

India’s top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks has picked the poster design submitted by Mumbai-based architect Benny Mathew as the winner of the KASHISH International Poster Contest 2017. The poster – that reflects the festival theme – ‘Diverse, One’ – will be the look of the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2017. The 8th edition of South Asia’s biggest and India’s only mainstream LGBTQ film festival will be held in Mumbai from May 24-May 28, 2017. The festival venues are the city’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise in South Mumbai.
"What is great about this poster is the face yet the facelessness. People see the LGBTQ community as a shadow of faces for the most part. But we do have a face and an increasingly prominent place in society. In our diverse contributions, we are one with society and the world. The poster wins because it has a plural narrative in both the visual form and written word. Above all the poster is striking, arresting and international in appeal. Congratulations to the winner,” said Wendell Rodricks. The poster will be the look of KASHISH 2017 and also wins for its designer Benny Matthew a cash prize of Rs 20,000 instituted by Wendell Rodricks.

Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director of KASHISH MIQFF said that the poster was stunning. “Once again, Wendell Rodricks has picked a stunning winner. The design truly represents the diversity of the community with the various words of gender and sexual identities coming together to form one face. We are truly excited to unveil this poster that will be the face of KASHISH 2017,” said Sridhar Rangayan.
The winner of the poster contest Benny Mathew is a practicing architect and Head- Design & Concepts Head, with a Mumbai-based architectural firm. “I love design. Besides architecture, graphic design is something that I am passionate about and this poster contest just allowed me to explore my creativity. I was overwhelmed when I got to know that my design was selected out of numerous entries worldwide and especially when it was selected by Wendell Rodricks himself,” said Benny Mathew.
For the past five years KASHISH International Poster Design Contest has become a worldwide contest, receiving entries from several countries from both artists and professionals. KASHISH invited designers across the world to design the official festival poster and overall look for its 8th edition with the theme ‘Diverse, One’. The theme of KASHISH 2017 explores the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The diverse shades of the rainbow remind us that as people we are all different and we are all unique.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 

Founded in 2010, KASHISH MIQFF is held over 5 days at two venues. The festival this year will be held at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise in South Mumbai. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the world, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia's biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater. The film festival this year will be held between May 24-May 28, 2017, at two venues in South Mumbai – the city’s iconic art deco theatre Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise.

THEME of KASHISH 2017 : ‘Diverse, One’ 

The theme of KASHISH 2017 explores the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The diverse shades of the rainbow remind us that as people we are all different and we are all unique. In the fight for an equal society, basic human rights and against laws that criminalize and discriminate, it is our shared values that bring us together. We are strongest when we come together, when we embrace one another’s uniqueness and celebrate our differences. We are Diverse, We are One.

KASHISH 2017 International Poster Design Contest


KASHISH International Poster Design Contest 2017 – Submission Call

Design KASHISH 2017 Poster to win Cash Award of Rs.20,000 (US$ 300)

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival invites designers across the world to design the official festival poster and overall look for its 8th edition with the theme ‘Diverse, One’ 

KASHISH 2017 will be held from May 24-28, 2017 in Mumbai.

India's top fashion designer Padma Shri Wendell Rodricks will pick the winner and also award a cash prize of Rs.20,000* to the winner.

The winning design will be used on billboards (hoardings), banners, cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and catalog cover.

For the past five years KASHISH International Poster Design Contest has become a celebrated worldwide contest, receiving entries from several countries. (see winning designs from earlier years below)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017

THEME: ‘Diverse, One’ 

The theme of KASHISH 2017 explores the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The diverse shades of the rainbow remind us that as people we are all different and we are all unique. In the fight for an equal society, basic human rights and against laws that criminalize and discriminate, it is our shared values that bring us together. We are strongest when we come together, when we embrace one another's uniqueness and celebrate our differences. We are Diverse, We are One.


Poster Design Contest Rules

What to Enter
A Poster design that encompasses the KASHISH 2017 theme ‘Diverse, One’.

How to Enter
Poster Design must include the following:
- Festival’s edition & Name: 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
- KASHISH logo available at: http://tinyurl.com/KASHISHlogos
- Tagline: South Asia’s Biggest Queer Film Festival
- Theme line: ‘Diverse, One’
- Dates & Venues: - Liberty Cinema (May 24-28th) and Alliance Fran├žaise de Bombay (May25-27th)
- Space for logos of organizers & partners at the bottom of the poster (to be inserted later)

Image Orientation: Portrait. The design should be a VERTICAL (PORTRAIT) image.
Poster size: A2 size (594 X 420 mm or 23.4 X 16.5 inches)
Poster design must be sent in JPEG format. Upon selection it should be available as a Adobe Illustrator / Corel Draw file.
All images used in the poster MUST be free of copyright infringements.

Where to Send
Email a high resolution jpeg to info.kashishmiqff@gmail.com


To complete your submission please REMEMBER to provide the following information:

1. A concept note explaining your design and how it corresponds to the theme of our festival. It will be forwarded to the jury along with your design.  

2. A self-intro note. The profession you are involved in / or a student.

3. Name of the city and the country you are from or based in.



Poster Design Contest FAQs

When is the deadline?
The deadline for submission of entries should reach us by or before Sunday February 19, 2017 at 12:00 midnight (IST)

Who can submit and how many entries can I submit?
This is an International Competition. Anyone, anywhere in the world can participate. Each participant is allowed to submit maximum TWO entries with FULLY DIFFERENT CREATIVES.

What about images to be used?
It could be graphic design or a photograph that is easily re-producable across design platforms and branding elements. The participant should hold 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.

Where do I submit or send my design?
Email a high resolution jpeg to info.kashishmiqff@gmail.com

How does the judging take place?
The entries will be shortlisted by the KASHISH core team and the winner will be picked by Celebrity judge Wendell Rodricks! The decision of poster selection will be based on relevance, authenticity and innovation.

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 by mid March. The winning design becomes the property of KASHISH and cannot be reused anywhere in full or in parts.

Will I get any credit if my design is selected?
The winner will be credited in the press, festival website and catalog alongwith pic and bio.

Is there any other reward if my design is selected?
The reward includes a cash prize of Rs.20,000 (US$ 300)* sponsored by India's top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, a KASHISH award trophy, a copy of the poster, a KASHISH T-shirt and a Festival Guest Pass that allows entry to all festival events during KASHISH 2017 (travel and accommodation to festival at participant’s own cost).

To know more about KASHISH, please visit: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com



* Bank transfer charges will be deducted where applicable




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