KASHISH 2020 launches crowdfunding campaign for its virtual festival

author_img K Pillai Published :  19th June 2020 03:13 PM   |   Published :   |  19th June 2020 03:13 PM


The 11th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is going virtual and is scheduled from July 22 to July 30. It is the first major film festival in India to go online with a full slate of new films. The festival has launched a crowdfunding campaign to gather resources to organize the festival.

“The world is going through a crisis and everyone is affected by it. However we decided to organise KASHISH 2020 virtually so that the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as their allies, friends, colleagues and families, are able to watch films, participate in panel discussions and celebrate life to keep away the blues,” says festival director Sridhar Rangayan. “This year has been one of the most challenging ones for the KASHISH team to organise the festival during a health crisis and a tough financial climate both in India and across the world. We are however very humbled by the response to our crowdfunding campaign where most of our regular contributors are pitching in with whatever amount they can,” he adds.

The festival offers rewards to its contributors in the form of free full-festival passes, a link to Best of KASHISH VOD platform, and also access to Asia’s biggest LGBTQ films platform GagaOoLala. But more than the rewards, the festival is banking on the trust and faith of its regular and new contributors in the mission that the festival propagates – of qualitative LGBTQIA+ cinema.

“KASHISH, as a major queer film festival, is much more than the hallmark of good cinema. It is a bridge for the Indian LGBTQ+ community to connect to the larger world. It brings together people, perspectives and potential (as a forum for creative expression). It reflects the quintessential spirit of the queer movement by asserting the diverse shades of the rainbow. No wonder the festival is a part of the itinerary of so many people”, said Animesh Bahadur, a professor who has been one of the regular contributors to KASHISH crowdfunding campaign every year.

The campaign hosted on Wishberry can be accessed at https://www.wishberry.in/campaign/kashish-2020-virtual. The campaign has already gathered 65 per cent of its target within a week of its launch.