Kashish: Mumbai’s Queer Film Festival

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Kashish Film Festival Director

One of the most eagerly awaited events in the city’s (and indeed, the country’s) queer calendar is the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which will take place from May 27, simultaneously at the capacious art deco Liberty Cinema at Marine Lines, and the cosier Alliance Francaise headquarters at Theosophy Hall, barely a stone’s throw away.

Spanning five days, the sixth edition adds the Max Mueller Bhavan in Kala Ghoda as its latest venue, in part to accommodate a ‘biggest ever’ haul of 180 films from 44 countries that fill up an expansive itinerary of films that promises to keep even the most inveterate festival-goers on their toes.

While cinema remains the primary focus, there will be some intriguing sidelights. For instance, the limited programme at the Max Mueller Bhavan will be flagged off with a reading (on May 29) of Don’t Let Him Know, the compelling first novel by Sandip Roy, released by Bloomsbury Publishing in January this year.

By Vikram Phukan – Full Story at Mid-Day | India Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up

Author: , January 26th, 2015

The Ten Year PlanFrom ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.

The festival will be held at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March in 2015.

Film fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the festival’s full program since the release of ten teaser films last November.

Now the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) has announced its full medley of classic and contemporary queer films for 2015 hailing from Australia and countries as far-reaching as Philippines, Kenya, and even the very first queer feature film from Sri Lanka.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Taiwan Goes Big With Gay Films – 60 Movies, Two Weekends, Two Cities

Author: , September 27th, 2014

Night FlightWhile Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

By Sylvia Tan – Full Story at Gay Star News

GayFest! Comes to Philadelphia in August

Author: , July 26th, 2014

You Know My NameAugust is looking very gay in Philadelphia with the fourth annual GayFest! – a festival of LGBT theater presented by Quince Productions. This year’s festival, August 5-23 at various theaters in Philadelphia, is bigger than ever: you can check out three special events, four mainstage plays, and five one-night stands (of the theatrical variety, that is!).

Special Events

GayFest! opens with a two-night performance (August 5-6) of Head Over Heels. New York-based dance company The Bang Group returns to open GayFest! after their triumphant appearance at GayFest! 2012 with “Misters and Sisters.” Their new show, in typically hilarious Bang Group fashion, presents an amalgam of influences from gay culture and street dance to MGM musicals.

Week 2 sees a special one-night only benefit for GayFest! and Equality PA: Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays a series of short plays by famous playwrights on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Week 3’s special event is the international hit show Confessions of a Mormon Boy Steven Fales’ one-man, which has wowed audiences from off-Broadway to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. Before The Book of Mormon there was a Mormon Boy!

By Joseph pedro – Full Story at Passport | Philadelphia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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Lesbian Travel: Seven Days on a Floating Film Festival

Author: , July 19th, 2014

Pride of the Ocean - Judith Dry“There sure are a lot of straights in fanny packs,” I thought to myself as I boarded the Norwegian Breakaway for my gay film festival at sea. I’d never been on a cruise, but I had been to a film festival – usually fewer fanny packs. As it turned out, six days and seven nights on a luxury cruise liner with water slides, buzzing slot machines, and hot tubs straining under the weight of relaxing retirees, was in fact an ideal setting for discovering the up and coming voices of independent queer cinema.

In its fifth year, Pride of the Ocean is an LGBTQ film festival aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, a cruise ship so massive that Bermuda had to build it its own dock. I was offered a cabin in return for writing about the experience. Roughly 1300 nautical miles, 22 films, and 8 plates of lox later, I give you my seven-day recap of my time at Pride of the Ocean, “the film festival for people who love cruising.”

Day 1

I was asked if I wanted to bring “anyone, significant other?” Never one to accept discrimination for being single, I ignored the comma and brought a friend. I’ve known Buzz (a family nickname) since middle school, a fellow writer with a boisterous laugh and keen eye for the absurd.

By Judith Dry – Full Story at Indie Wire

Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival Brings Gay Film to Town in Late May

Author: , May 9th, 2014

Inside Out 2014Since 1991, Inside Out has brought LGBT film to Canada with the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. They grew out of a “small community” who wanted to see films created by LGBT people, and the festival has continued with this mission.

Today, it’s the biggest festival of its kind in Canada, and among the top five LGBT film festivals worldwide. Annually, the festival draws about 35,000 people and over 200 films from around the world are screened. Events include talks, panels, installations, and parties. The events take place from May 22-June 1.

By Joseph Pedro – Passport | Toronto Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Lesbian Film Festival Debuts Saturday in Fort Worth

Author: , April 4th, 2014

Film FestivalQ Cinema, Fort Worth’s gay and lesbian film fest, moved its major multi-day festival event to the fall last year (it’ll return Oct. 9-12), but that doesn’t mean it has given up on a spring fling. The first-ever Lesbian Film Festival will play all Saturday (with two “manly” films thrown in at the beginning and end of the program). Among the offerings:

Truth. A suspense thriller about two gay men who meet online, where one becomes obsessed with the other. Screens at noon; 94 mins.

She: tHEiR Love Story. A woman with a life-threatening disease gets a final chance at love, while a journalist researches lesbian love in Bangkok in this romantic drama. Screens at 2 p.m.; in Thai with English titles; 93 mins.

Authored By Arnold Wayne Jones – See the Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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Gay Travel Review – the Berlinale Film Festival

Author: , February 22nd, 2014

Berlinale 2014Last week saw an influx of tourists to Berlin. The city, painted red for the 64th annual Berlinale film festival. Protests & demonstrations, existential celebrity freakouts, a whole slew of parties and political statements thrown about–all more than usual for Berlin, but still manageable for a city as culturally diverse as Berlin.

Watching and reading the local and international media here, that means there has been a lot of stories coming out of the city. People proselytizing celebrities or certain feature films, friends stalking the red carpet and journalists hunting down celebrities. It can feel a bit mad, but at the same time, the city is something special during the 10-day Berlinale.

For me, though, the Berlinale is something different. It’s not about the celebrities. And it’s certainly not about the red carpet. For me, it’s the films. It’s the passion that permeates the cinemas. Showing up at the theaters, not being able to buy drinks or popcorn, buying tickets three days in advance.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Leslie Jordan Will Kick Off Baltimore’s Gay Film Festival

Author: , February 8th, 2014

Leslie JordanB’More QFest announced that it will kick off its inaugural year with Leslie Jordan, well known for his Emmy-winning role as Beverly Leslie on the hit show “Will & Grace.” Jordan will perform his one-man show “Fruit Fly: Do Gay Men Become Their Mothers?” on June 10-11 at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. in Baltimore.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 for a pre-performance reception and performance on June 10 or $35 for the performance only and $35 for the performance on June 11.

Authored By Steve Charing – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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India: Mumbai Film Festival Begins Tomorrow

Author: , October 16th, 2013

India

from Google News

Although the International Film Festival of India is often touted as the country’s biggest cinematic event, the one held in Mumbai every October is by far the most impressive. The 15th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival — which begins its roll on October 17 — has been for some years now lining up brilliant movies, both in its competition section and sidebars.

This year, the Festival with its large canvas of 200 films from 65 countries, will open with Lee Daniels’ The Butler. An inspiring story of an American southerner who served no less than seven Presidents in the White House — from Eisenhower to Reagan — the work is a touching journey of a man who began his life in the cotton fields of Georgia and ended up as a White House staffer, played by Forest Whitaker. The movie marks the return of Oprah Winfrey, who co-stars with Whitaker. She was last seen in the 1998 Beloved.

Authored By Gautaman Bhaskaran – See the Full Story at the Gulf Times

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