The Q Fest arose out of a need to create new ways to view and address differences and construct a language that is simultaneously personal and wide ranging. The two day festival aims at fostering a better understanding of identity, sexuality, and gender that allows for the community to participate and contribute to a dialogue for change.
Birds of a Feather, Open Space, The Queer Chronicle and a group of very enthusiastic volunteers worked tirelessly for 3 months to create Pune’s first queer film festival, The Q Fest’10. With our expertise and the close relationship we share with the LGBT community in Pune, the festival spread over two days was able to create a platform to explore and understand the community both within the sub continent and outside it. With a range of films from the US, the UK, Italy and Canada, the Q Fest also became a platform for young artists, photographers and writers to display and talk about their work.
The festival was well attended by almost 400 people over the 2 days and we had a packed house for all performances and closing films for the 2 days. The festival also saw a lot of parents and friends of Queer coming and appreciating the festival.
There was extensive new coverage pre and post event, leading tabloids like Pune mirror and middday carried full page articles where as dailies like The Indian Express,Sakal Times and DNA carried feature articles. Smaller news circulations like the city blog and The Queer Chronicle, gaysi.com etc too covered the event.
The Stalls in the lobby area by The Humsafar trust, Open Space, Queer Ink and several Queer Artistes saw a tremendous response and was a great avenue for young budding Queer businesses and artists.
The Festival was supported by many other Queer Organisations across India viz, Gay Bombay, The Humsafar Trust, Swabhawa, Good As You and Queer Ink . The festival was mentored by the NIGAH film festival, Kashish MIQFF and The Bangalore Queer Film Festival.
Our panel discussions between the films were a space for people to understand and locate their sensibilities. The topics ranged from what it meant to be queer to what the nature of identity was within a larger framework.
Here is the FB link to the Q fest Page for 2010 ( Pictures and News Coverage)
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