Location: Auditorium, AFB
Date: Fri, 2011/02/25 (All day)
Bangalore has hosted film festivals on themes related to LGBT or Queer communities since 2003. These smaller events later transformed into The Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) in April 2009, held at the Alliance Francaise, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore. 2011 is the BQFF’s third year. As always, we seek to push boundaries as a festival, hoping to also push the limits within which filmmakers produce, and audiences view, films. BQFF 2011––to be held on 25, 26 and 27 February 2011––continues on the path to bring you a festival you won’t easily forget.
BQFF 2010 was an incredible experience for all involved. More than 50 films from 15 countries were screened accompanied by panel discussions, poetry readings, dance and music performances and a Queer photo exhibition displaying works by photographers from across the world. BQFF 2010 saw the all-India premiere screening of the highly successful, BAFTA-award winning and Academy Award-nominated, “A Single Man” by Tom Ford starring Colin Firth. Other films from BQFF 2010 included, an audience-favourite around the world, “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement” the official BQFF selection for Documentary; “All My Life” a fascinating Egyptian film was our centre-piece and was produced by the Egyptian Underground Film Society; “The World Unseen” our closing film by South African writer/director Shamim Sarif.
BQFF 2010 screened collections from Australian filmmakers, Hong Kong Filmmakers, first-time Indian filmmakers and many more. We screened to a full house almost throughout the festival. The screening of the premiere film did not even have standing room in the auditorium of Alliance Francaise de Bangalore and more than 400 people attended that one screening alone, The festival was covered by most local media and some of the films were even reviewed in local newsprint.
This year, like the earlier versions of the BQFF, we will have film screenings alongside panel discussions, performances of poetry, music, drama, dance and exhibitions. BQFF screenings have always had full capacity audiences of all ages and backgrounds. BQFF caters not just to film buffs but also to the general public and anyone interested in films that are not always accessible in mainstream theatres.
BQFF 2011, as always, is organised by Good As You (GAY), SWABHAVA Trust and We’re Here and Queer (WHAQ!). GAY (www.goodasyou.in) is a support group (est. 1994) for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Bangalore and is one of the oldest support groups in India. SWABHAVA Trust (est. 1999) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation working with LGBT issues, including providing access to support services in Bangalore (www.swabhava.org). Both GAY and Swabhava have co-hosted previous queer film festivals in Bangalore. We’re Here and Queer (WHAQ!), is a queer women’s support group (estd. 2009). All the groups regularly organise film screenings at their weekly meetings. All the groups are non-funded and operate entirely on donations.
Please contact us by email on [email protected] access information on our website: http://blrqueerfilmfest.com