RANGAYAN ON THE JURY OF TWO SEATTLE FILM FESTIVALSby Editorial Desk October 15 2023, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 48 secs
Sridhar Rangayan will screen three of his films at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, also serve as jury. Besides that, he is member of jury at the Seattle International Queer Film Festival, reports the #Newdesk
The award winning filmmaker and festival director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is all set to storm Seattle by being on the jury at two festivals - the Seattle International Queer Film Festival as narrative feature jury, and at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival as jury for the Tasveer Film Fund for the LGBTQ+ section.
The three films he’s screening at Tasveer are: ‘Raja Bro’, directed by him and produced by The Humsafar Trust and Solaris Pictures, ‘Malwa Khushan’ by Preeti Kanungo and Sourav Yadav, ‘Taps’ by Arvind Caulagi – both produced by Lotus Visual Productions and KASHISH Arts Foundation, with Rangayan being one of the producers. The films will be screened on Saturday 15th October 5.30pm as part of the program Pride, Rituals and LOVE at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Follow the link for the schedule:
“It is exciting to participate at the festivals. Both are iconic with their own loyal South Asian and Queer communities, and screening amazing cutting-edge films. The 10 films at the Seattle Queer Film Festival where I’m in a narrative feature jury are diverse and beautiful; it will be a tough call to pick one film. The three films pitched at the Tasveer Film Fund for the LGBTQ+ category by young queer South Asians offered a peek into where the future generation of filmmakers’ focus lies – from same-sex domestic violence and drug abuse, bonding between an old man and queer guy, to a relationship between two siblings. It is so refreshing to see so much young queer talent,” said Rangayan.
The three final scripts pitched were Bite by Vik Chopra, My Guardian Angel by Salman Alam Khan and The Last Visit by Ibrahim Rana. The winner will receive a Rs.25,000 grant supported by Netflix. The jury members are Rangayan, Arshad Khan (filmmaker from Canada) and Samudrika Arora (producer from New York).
Rangayan also presented the documentary film ‘#Shout’, directed by Vinta Nanda, where he is also one of the voices, on 13th October at 3pm at PACCAR IMAX Theater with Preeti Shridhar, Candidate Water Commissioner at Woodinville Water District. In the past, she worked with the City of Seattle and City of Renton, WA -- Government. The film is an Indian feminist film that explores the #MeToo movement and places it in the overarching gender and patriarchy discourse of India in continuum.
“I’m so happy to be here at both the festivals in Seattle. The bright weather is only matched by the warmth and hospitality by Rita Meher and the Tasveer team. I feel totally at home, as must so many South Asian filmmakers who are finding a fantastic platform to showcase their films,” added Rangayan.
Sridhar Rangayan currently is at the post-production stage of his upcoming feature film ‘Kuch Sapney Apne’, a follow-up film for his highly successful 2018 film ‘Evening Shadows’, which won 27 awards and screened at 82 film festivals worldwide.
You can support his crowdfunding campaign at https://www.backthisfilm.com/fund/kuch-sapney-apne