CHENNAI: Chennai Dost, a community-based group for lesbians, gays and bisexuals in south India, has invited filmmakers to submit their entries for the Chennai Rainbow Film Festival (CRFF), 2016.
More than 50 short, documentary and feature-length films will be screened during the five-day festival, to be held in December.
“The aim of the festival is to raise awareness about LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) issues among the general public. It also aims at providing a platform to filmmakers who don’t get the opportunity to screen their film in theatres. Many of them struggle to get funding,” said Vikranth Prasanna, founder, Chennai Dost. This is the third year that CRFF is being held, and the theme is ‘Hues of Love.’
“We want to showcase the different shades of love,” said Vikranth, adding that 34 films were screened last year. “This year, we have chosen to conduct the festival in December because usually all LGBT events take place only during the Pride Month,” he says.
Every year, a contest is also held. Filmmakers and artistes can submit shorts, feature films, documentaries and photographs which revolve around LGBT issues and are based on this year’s theme. Entries will be reviewed by a panel. On the final day of the film festival, the panel will announce the winners under each category.
The award categories this year are: Best International LGBT Short Film (cash prize and award), Best International LGBT Documentary and feature length film (cash prize and award), Best Indian/National LGBT film, Best Indian/National LGBT film based on the CRFF 2016 theme (winner will get a free trip to Dubai + Rs 10,000 cash prize), Best Tamil LGBT film, and Best Tamil Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual film (winner will get a free trip to Dubai + Rs 10,000 cash prize).
Apart from film screenings, the fest will also feature panel discussions, and cultural shows. “We are talking to theatre groups as we want to include stand-up comedies,” says Vikranth, adding that they also want to conduct interactive talk shows.
“We want to give the whole event a carnival feel and get the general public to participate,” he says. International films have to be submitted on or before September 30. Indian and Tamil films have to be submitted on or before October 15.
News Source: TOI