QAAF Updates

The Queer and Allies Art Festival, powered by MIST, is an annual event founded in 2015 by Mist – an online collective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists – the Queer and Allies Art Festival (QAAF) brings together artists, craftspeople, and performers from all over India in a single event that demonstrates the talent and artistry of India’s LGBTQ community and its allies. The festival is a free one-full-day slate of performances, films, and art installations that happens in various cities in India.

After a successful event at Hyderabad in August 2019 and Bangalore in September 2019, we are coming back to Chennai in November 2019, with the fifth edition of QAAF at Erisha Auditorium, OMR, Kandanchavadi, Chennai. Register now online to skip the registration queue at the festival. The Queer and Allies Art Festival Edition 5.0 at Chennai is sponsored by Symantec – Norton LifeLock.


QAAF Chennai 2019 SCHEDULE



A Safe Person To Talk To

Dir: Navdeep Sharma

21 mins | Documentary | Indian

Narrated through the voice of a young person from a progressive South Delhi school, straddling the binary worlds of genders, the Film demonstrates the importance of a supportive environment created by adult and peer allies.


Dir: Chris Cahilig

4 mins | Narrative | International

Paolo, an openly gay young professional, is quite unlucky when it comes to finding romantic and lasting relationships. Will his friendship with his college buddy eventually lead to something else?


Dir: Mike Mosallam

9 mins | Silent | International

This short film aims to shed light on LGBTQ-oppression in a familial, religious space as it navigates the relationship between a muslim boy and his brother, who encourages him to be himself.


Dir: Santhosh KK

13 mins | Narrative | Indian

The film showcases a heterosexual man’s curiosity and fears after he comes across a gay relationship for the first time.

In Zona Cesarini

Dir: Simona Cocozza

14 mins | Narrative | International

Over Sunday lunch, in the presence of an unexpected guest, suppressed feelings surface between father and son.

One Standing Night

Dir: Ashutosh S. Shankar

11 mins | Narrative | Indian

On 6th September 2018, the Supreme Court of India made a historical judgement by scrapping section 377 of the Indian penal code that once had criminalized gay-sex. This film revolves around the night before section 377. A story of two men living in love, fear and everything in between.

Please Mind The Gap

Dir: Mitali Trivedi, Gagandeep Singh

20 mins | Documentary | Indian

The film looks at travel by metro in Delhi, from Anshuman, a transman’s perspective and how he reclaims public space for his own self.


Dir: Jasmin A Singh

5 mins | Narrative | International

Neil is a seemingly happy, young man who lives with his wife. However, he spends hours in his bathroom at night in secret. What is he doing there? What is he hiding? Why does he feel safe closeted in those four walls?


Dir: Swapnil Nitin Khadtale

22 mins | Narrative | Indian

Rani, a transgender woman, earns her day-to-day living by begging on streets or by attending social gatherings. She fights to educate her adopted son in a society that diminishes their existence. 

The Forbidden Love

Dir: Paayel Chouudhury

33 mins | Narrative | Indian

It is a story of two girls finding their independence and coming out amidst societal pressures when a sudden turn of events changes their lives forever.