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Brazilian film Music For The Bleeding Hearts wins top award at Kashish festival 2020


The 11th edition of the queer film festival, held virtually this year, concluded with a closing and awards ceremony streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

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The eleventh edition of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQI film festival, ended today with a glittering closing and awards ceremony.

The awards at the festival, held online this year, were announced by the narrative jury comprising National award-winning filmmakers Hansal Mehta and Sunil Sukthankar and actress Sandhya Mridul.

Cash awards of around Rs2 lakh were given to the winners in eight award categories. The ceremony was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

The Brazilian film Music For the Bleeding Hearts (Música Para Morrer De Amor) won the award for Best Narrative Feature Film. Directed by Rafael Gomes, the film also won the Best Screenplay award.

Sending a message from Sao Paulo, Gomes said, “In such harsh times as the one we are living in, all across the world, we are glad that our film could be felt like a warm embrace and to everyone who watched it, thank you very much and we hope next time this would be a face-to-face experience instead of a virtual one.”

The award for Best Indian Narrative Short Film was won by The Song We Sang directed by Aarti Neharsh. The award for Best Performance in a Lead Role went to Benjamin Daimary for his portrayal of a transgender person in the Indian feature film Fireflies (Jonaki Porua) directed by Prakash Deka. The Riyad Wadia award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker, instituted by Wadia Movietone, went to Sunday by Arun Fulara.

The documentary jury comprised Faiza Ahmed Khan, Miriam Chandy Menacherry and Nakul Singh Sawhney. The student shorts jury consisted of Rabiya Nazki, Shankhajeet De and Tangella Madhavi.

The virtual awards function featured performances by Indo-Canadian musical sensation Jonita Gandhi, queer breakdancer Shraddha Kutty, transsexual dancer Navya Singh and queer singer Omi (Them) Adhikari. The evening was hosted by well-known RJ Rohini Ramnathan.

“Organizing the virtual film festival was a Herculean task in itself amidst the lockdown and the challenging [pandemic] situation, and screening 157 films from 42 countries in 52 programmes that were available online to watch from any part of the world, was a mammoth effort," festival director Sridhar Rangayan said.

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He said the festival was "blessed" to get feedback from audiences across the globe "who appreciated the brilliant curation of films and panel discussions".

He characterized the closing ceremony as "the crowning glory" of the 10-day virtual event. "The joy of the award winners expressed through their acceptance speeches gave us immense gratification and we will cherish this for a long time," Sridhar said. "The event was truly befitting of South Asia’s biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival, bringing together diverse voices from across the globe.”

Following is the complete list of winners:

Best Narrative Feature Film: Music For the Bleeding Hearts, dir. Rafael Gomes
Best Indian Narrative Short Film: The Song We Sang, dir. Aarti Neharsh
Best Performance in a Lead Role: Benjamin Daimary in Fireflies (Jonaki Porua), dir. Prakash Deka
Riyad Wadia award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker: Sunday, dir. Arun Fulara
Best International Narrative Short:Touchscreen, dir. Arthur Halpern
Special Mention, Best International Narrative Short: My Brother Is A Mermaid, dir. Alfie Dale
Special Mention, Best International Narrative Short: We Are Dancers, dir. Joe Morris
Best Documentary Feature: One Taxi Ride, dir. Mak CK
Special Mention, Best Documentary Feature: March For Dignity, dir. John Eames
Best Documentary Short: Breakwater, dir. Cris Lyra
Best Student Short: The Summer Of 12, dir. Kuan-Ling Kuo, from Shih-Hsing university
Special Jury Mention, Best Student Short: Neon Hearts, dir. Ana Jakimska

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