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by Editorial Desk December 20 2022, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 46 secs

Call for submissions to Wendell Rodricks International Poster Design Contest 2023 Open: #TheDailyEyeNewsdesk

The 14th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia's biggest LGBTQIA+ film festival, will be celebrated in-person at Liberty Cinema from June 7th to June 11th 2023, with an online festival in the following week.

The theme of KASHISH 2023 is ‘Be Fluid, Be You!’, giving wings to the aspirations of the contemporary generation that is fluid in their thoughts, actions and sexualities; which is expressed through films, art and poetry that is universal in its appeal.

Sridhar Rangayan, festival director says, “I have heard from the LGBTQ+ community and film buffs that they feel an adrenaline rush when they hear about KASHISH returning again to Mumbai in a theatre. And we, the KASHISH team, too feel likewise. We want to heighten this energy and add a youthful twist to it this year with the theme ‘Be Fluid, Be You’, and hope to appeal to the younger generation, because that’s where changes in attitudes start first. We hope they too enjoy the coming pride month by celebrating it with our festival”.

The festival is inviting artists and graphic designers across the world to participate in the KASHISH 2023 Wendell Rodricks International Poster Design Contest to design the official festival poster and overall look for the festival’s upcoming edition.  

Started by the late couture designer Wendell Rodricks in 2012, and continued in his memory by his partner Jérôme Marrel, the poster design contest offers a cash award of Rs.25,000 (approx. US$340) and a KASHISH Butterfly trophy. The winning design will be used on all the KASHISH 2023 collaterals. 

Jérôme Marrel said, "With the poster contest at KASHISH 2023 I want to keep the legacy of my beloved partner Wendell Rodricks alive, by recognizing the best in design that is suited to this year’s theme. I am happy to be the Jury to pick the final winner, keeping in mind what Wendell would have liked, and how he would have chosen, but applying a practicality that is totally my own".

The submission form can be accessed at

The contest deadline is January 31, 2023.  

Film Submissions are open too for filmmakers with a LGBTQIA+ themed film to submit to the festival. Filmmakers can visit to check rules and submit.

Besides the annual film festival, KASHISH has also launched its own unique LGBTQ+ focussed OTT platform by curating 45 Indian LGBTQ+ films that could be watched worldwide at

About KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia's biggest queer film festival, and the first LGBTQ+ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. It is the first Indian LGBTQ+ festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. Founded in 2010, KASHISH has grown to become an important medium for exhibition, production and distribution of LGBTQ+ films and the most needed platform to nurture the Indian LGBTQ+ movement. KASHISH has been voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festivals in the World, and also one of the Top 5 Film Festivals in India.

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