All day | 26th – 28th of February | Alliance Française auditorium
In February 2016 the Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) will enter its eighth year. BQFF is an annual event full of queer films from the world over, photo exhibitions, art exhibitions, performances and panel discussions.
Over the years, BQFF has become an entrenched part of the cultural landscape of Bangalore. The festival serves as a space for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) concerns to be voiced through the medium of moving image. At BQFF, we are firmly interested in both straightforward LGBT films and wildly queer and radical films.
Bangalore has hosted film festivals on themes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT or Queer) communities since 2003. BQFF is an annual event that carefully selects queer films from all over the world and brings them to an ever-growing Bangalore audience. The festival will serve as a space for LGBT concerns to be voiced through the medium of moving images as well as an important platform for screening new Indian and South Indian movies. More than just a film festival, we are a hub of queer arts and culture with an art exhibitions, photo exhibitions and performances. In the last five years, BQFF has grown exponentially-—we are now an entrenched fixture in Bangalore’s yearly cultural calendar. Our films try to push boundaries of understanding and we rigourously explore the mental, emotional and physical lives of those who stand outside the sexual norm. At BQFF, we are firmly interested in both straightforward LGBT films and wildly queer and radical films.
BQFF 2013 is organised by Good As You (GAY), Swabhava Trust, We’re Here and Queer (WHAQ!) and Pirat Dykes.
GAY (www.goodasyou.in) is a support group (est. 1994) for LGBT people in Bangalore and is one of the oldest support groups in India. SWABHAVA Trust (est. 1999) is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation working with LGBT issues, including providing access to support services in Bangalore (www.swabhava.org). We’re Here and Queer (WHAQ!), a queer women’s support group (estd. 2009) is also a co-organiser. GAY and WHAQ! regularly organise film screenings at their weekly
meetings. These groups are non-funded and operate entirely on donations. Pirat Dykes is a group set up to screen films that do not generally get mainstream releases in India.