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
WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY
QAAF 2019 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
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.