KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
The mission of the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which was founded in 2010, is to catalyse social change and mainstream LGBTQ+ visibility through cinema. A veritable Pride movement, it comprises screenings of features, documentaries, animations and shorts, as well as Q&As and panel discussions with film personalities, workshops, dance and music performances, and an awards ceremony. The categories include those for the best emerging Indian filmmaker, best student short film and the Rainbow Warrior Award and Rainbow Champion Award, which honour an out and proud LGBTQ+ individual and an organisation working for the community respectively.
Actors such as Ian McKellen, Nandita Das, Sanjay Suri, Sonam Kapoor and filmmakers such as Shyam Benegal, Sai Paranjpye and Onir have participated in previous editions. Among India’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festivals, the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival sees an average footfall of 9,500 attendees every year. The event, which was held online in 2020 and 2021, is slated to return to the cinema in 2022.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1, or the domestic terminal, was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from most major cities in India and across the world. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to the rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run and private buses operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
- Wheelchair access
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
Items & Accessories to Carry
1.Temperatures in Mumbai can go up to 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Carry light,cotton clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Sandals, flip flops and sneakers to keep your feet comfortable.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
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