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Blued Queer Flicks launches film festival to celebrate LGBTQ community

Ever since section 377 has been cleared, India has been welcoming various debates, dialogues and endeavors for the LGBTQ community. World Number 1 app Blued for LGBTQ community has recently organized a film festival which had invited short movies from independent filmmakers on LGBTQ topics.

Blued Queer Flicks was an open call for the submission of the movies which are based on queer themes, struggles, love, fun, education and society perception, the film makers are budding independent filmmakers. The selected top 10 short movies were open to watch on Blued app, where users can vote for their favourite movie and on the basis of audience votes, top 5 movies will be screened at the event, along with drama &performance from the people of the community, along with a panel discussion around representation of LGBTQIA in art and Cinema.

This is the first time an endeavor like this has been introduced in the India. Blued Queer Flicks has garnered a good response from the filmmakers and artists. The Campaign started on 15th May across pan India online on Blued app for people to watch and vote for their favorite LGBTQ theme-based movie.

The offline event was on 8th June in New Delhi at Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The agenda behind this campaign was to showcase the talent and provide the platform to short film makers who want to express their views through visual content based on LGBTQ issues and raise awareness to the masses. Content which people from the community can enjoy and relate to. Over 60 entries have been received since the contest was launched in April. Out of the total received entries, there were 10 selected contestants whose short movies will be shown at the fest and the winners will be awarded with the cash prizes and awards. Top 5 voted movies will be screened during the event, along with there are delegates from different LGBTQIA based organizations like UNAIDS, UNDP, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, will mark their presence. Apart from the movie screening, there will be performances from Sukhmach Theatre group &Mitr Trust. Also, there will be a panel discussion around representation of LGBTQIA in art and cinema, following up with the awards & recognition distribution ceremony.

Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Sanyam Sharma - Marketing Director, Blued India said, “The LGBTQI community has made a positive shift in India in the last few years & emerged with a strong voice and opinion regarding the issues faced by us in the past. It’s time that they had a voice and what better way to portray it than through films which showcased to the masses at a digital platform like Blued and got a chance to be awarded as a motivation factor. Our focus has always been to promote the community and encourage these voices and talent that need to be heard. Through Blued, we want to have an open dialogue not with the just the community but those who have a wrong opinion about this community. We hope to see more participation next year from India and share their views on a global platform like Blued.”

Blued is a gay social network app globally. Founded by Ma Baoli (Geng Le), the app was launched in 2012 and now counts 40 million users globally. The application is available on Android and iOS. Blued has features like nearby profiles, live broadcasting, a post timeline, and group conversations. Blued is not only a dating application but also a social network for all GBTQIA population of the world.

Panelists
 
Firoz Khan: HIV Alliance, program officer
Sylvester Merchant: LAKSHAY Trust, director
Gautam Yadav: HUMSAFAR Trust, program officer
Rudrani Chettri: Mitr Trust, CBU director
Himadri Roy: Assistant Professor IGNOU, School of Gender and Development Studies
Advaita Kala: Screenplay writer and columnist
 
Winners:
Two people shared the first position
1st position: Sumit Pawar, Khwaaish
1st position: Shruti Kulkarni, Outcast by Birth
 
2nd position: Praveen Vinxx, The Holy Mother
3rd position: Yadavendra Singh, the Mirror
4th position: Naveen Tkas, Inaayat
 
 
Khwaaish Sumit Pawar Khwaaish or desire is an Indian LGBTQIA+ themed short film that seeks to show a glimpse of the life of a young middle-aged guy’s desire to find a same-sex companion in a city that continues to refuse public acceptance of alternate sexualities.
Inaayat Naveen Tokas This Film explores the queerness of Mr. Roy and his relationship with mother. What did it take her mother to accept a son who did not fulfill the set notions of compulsory heterosexuality even as a child of 7?
Outcast by Birth Shruti Kulkarni “Outcast by Birth" attempts to showcase the current scenario of LGBT in urban India and the social problems faced by the many Indians who consider themselves LGBT by birth.
The Mirror Yadavendra Singh This film explores the struggles of the transgender community in terms of self-acceptance and pride. It captures the life of a transgender individual.
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