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Coronavirus update: Kashish 2020 postponed; will now be held in September

The 11th edition of the queer film festival was to be held from 20-24 May in Mumbai. 

Source: Twitter/@KashishMIQFF

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The 11th edition of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, one of the most prominent queer film festivals, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival, which was to be held from 20-24 May in Mumbai, will now be held in September.   

The Hindu daily quoted a statement from the organisers saying, "The Kashish team feels that precaution is the best way and it is time for all of us to stand in solidarity and ensure everyone’s safety and health. We look forward to being able to share a later date in September with everyone to celebrate Kashish 2020 with the same grandness, joviality and community bonding that the festival is known for." 

The decision arrives days after the British Film Institute's London LGBT film festival, BFI Flare, was postponed indefinitely. Faraz Ansari's Sheer Qorma, featuring Swara Bhasker and Divya Dutta, was to have its world premiere at the film festival. 

The coronavirus pandemic has caused several international film festivals to postpone or shut down events to prevent the spreading of the infection. The Cannes Film Festival, the Beijing International Film Festival and the SXSW film festival all stand postponed currently owing to coronavirus infection fears. 

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