Given the success of last year’s festival, Q Fest’11 is widening its range to include not only films from Europe and South East Asia, but is also looking at contemporary writers from within the sub continent.
‘Being Seen Being Heard’ says it all - we are looking for means of expression that explore how gay people see themselves today vis-à-vis a society that is only just beginning to recognize their right to be. What are the spaces we have claimed, the barriers we negotiate, and the languages we are forcing others to hear? How quiet are we, how in-your-face? And how do others see us?
Our films have come to us from distributors that have supported us in the past-Ground Spark, M Appeal, Frameline, the Danish Embassy and other festivals in India such as Bangalore Queer Film Festival(BQFF), Nigaah(Delhi) and Kashish(Mumbai). With a focus on the arts we at Q Fest are working with theatre productions from Mumbai and Bangalore, music and poets from the city. This year, we make space to accommodate a special section dedicated to showcasing the submissions of films with respect to gender identity vis a vis the society’s changing outlook towards the LGBT community.
Last year heralded the first Q Fest, a festival spanning 2 days which happened to be the first of its kind in Pune, attended by over 500 people. Held in December, it burrowed itself into the core of the blended issues of sexuality and identity to create a platform for the Queer community in Pune to express, interact and explore the ideas together. Q Fest’10 screened films from Italy, Canada, Sweden, the UK and the US, and among our films were Politics of Pride, Suddenly, Last Winter and Straight Laced.
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Date: 10 -11 of December, 2011
Venue: Moolgaonkar Hall, ICC Towers and Kalachhaya, Patrakar Nagar, Pune