India’s longest running LGBT film festival will be celebrating its sixth year tomorrow (23 November).
The three-day ‘Dialogues’ festival in Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, will showcase more than 40 films of differing genres from coming-of-age dramas and experimental films to documentaries.
Nil, an Indian designer closely associated with the festival, believes it will offer something for everyone.
‘The number of films screened this year is almost double of last year’s. For the first time we are having parallel screenings,’ he told the Hindustan Times.
The festival will also showcase 10 full length feature films from around the world, from countries like Germany, India, France and Peru.
The films shown will be a mix of mainstream releases and more obscure titles, including the acclaimed Eyes Wide Open from Israel.
The festival is organised by Sappho for Equality (SFE) and Pratyay Gender Trust (PGT).
Anindya Hajra, of PGT, said: ‘The festival primarily celebrates writers, directors, actors and their work dealing with LGBT and queer themes and issues. But over the years both LGBT and non-LGBT audiences have shown interest.’
The festival will open with the premiere of ‘Guide Gufran’, a film about self-discovery with themes on sexuality and spirituality.