Kashish-2014-header--surveyIndia: The poster competition for a top world LGBT film festival is a salute to the “undying spirit of the Indian queer community” whose struggle for equality suffered a huge setback when the Supreme Court recriminalized same-sex relations, say organizers

Top fashion designer Wendell Rodricks picked the poster submitted by Indian graphic designer Punith Mahesh as the winning design of the Kashish International Poster Competition.

For the past two years Kashish International Poster Design Contest has become a celebrated worldwide competition, receiving entries from several countries. This year’s contest saw entries from across India and some from Malaysia, Indonesia and Estonia.

The competition asked designers to creatively interpret this year’s festival theme ‘Dare to Dream.’

Explaining his design, Punith, who hails from Hyderabad, India, 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.”

Punith’s poster would be the look of the fifth edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, scheduled from May 21 to May 25. The design will feature on billboards, print and online advertisements, catalog cover, banners, cinema slides and delegate cards.

Kashish organizers said they were looking for an international look for the fifth edition of the festival to go with its `Dare to Dream’ theme.

The competition theme is a salute to the “undying spirit of the Indian queer community” whose long struggle for equality suffered a huge setback when the Supreme Court recriminalized same-sex relations, organizers said.

“At a time when the LGBT community is on the brink of historic happenings in India, it gives me great pleasure to support the Kashish poster competition in the hope that film will play an important part in restoring dignity to our community,” said Rodricks.

The poster completion was “a salute to the undying spirit and synergy of our Indian queer community,” added Rodricks who instituted a cash award of 20,000 rupees (US$ 332) for the poster winner.

The Supreme Court in December chose to retain Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code reversing a lower court’s 2009 verdict decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations. This 1860 British colonial-era law defines same-sex relations as “unnatural” and is punishable by up to life imprisonment.

Kashish 2014 is Asia’s and India’s biggest and only mainstream queer film festival. It is also the first and only gay and lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre.  It was recently voted by moviemaker.com as one of the top five LGBT film festivals in the world and was the only one from Asia.

It hopes to use cinema  to rally public opinion towards equality and dignity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and  “advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBT issues,” said festival director Sridhar Rangayan.

Source: thehansindia.com; indianoon.com; kashishmiqff.blogspot.in

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