After an overwhelming response at the very first Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival (PIQFF), the second edition was organised by Mist on 6th-8th April, 2018. This year too, the festival received great support from community members and allies as they turned up in large numbers at Farmaaish Restro-Lounge-Bar in Viman Nagar and Monalisa Kalagram in Koregaon Park for the screening of 128 movies this year.
Some of the highlights from 2018’s screened movies are My Son is Gay by Lokesh, Khawaaish by Sumit Pawar, We Did Not Fall From The Sky by Tabs Breese, Georgia Oakley, Humshakal Khwaab by Cynthia Roli Gupta, Red Wali Dress by Manoj Mathew, and Dad Is Pretty by Park soo-min, Kim seung-hyeob.
There was a special screening of “Transvision”, followed by a special interaction session with the cast.
As has been the custom, the festival this year too, did not have a jury, but the awards were decided based on voting, by community members and friends who visited the festival. Here are the winners of Out & Loud- PIQFF, 2018:
Best Short Film – The Boy directed by Arunkumar Senthil
Best Silent Film — Khwaaish directed by Sumit Pawar
Best Feature Film – Dad is Pretty directed by Soo-min Park
Best of Out & Loud 2018 – My Son is Gay directed by Lokesh
Best Indian Documentary – Thedal directed by Monachan
Best International Documentary – I’m a pornstar: Gay4Pay directed by Charlie David
Best Animated Film – Gender Neutral (They/Them) directed by Chai Power
Best Innovative Film – How Was Your Day? directed By Tal lungman
Best Humour Film – Mom’s The Word directed by Barbara de la Fuente
Best Actor Male — Duk-jae (Dad is Pretty)
Best Actor Female – Brigitta Egyed (Beautiful Figure)
Best Actor Transgender – Shilok Mukkati (The Kinnaras of The Dark World)
Best Indian Premiere: The Fruit of our Womb directed by Laurie Mannessier
Best World Premiere: Kenosis Kiss directed by Leah Pellinkhof
Out & Loud Warrior of the Year – Sriram
Best Team Member of Out & Loud 2018 – Sparsh Bhure
Best Volunteer of Out & Loud 2018 – Shubradeep Das
This year’s panel was a diverse mix, involving Mahek, a trans-person, Arti Rani, parent of a queer person, Sammer Ghunanikhar, counselor (HIV & mental Health), Malini Jeevarathnam, film maker, Dr. Raman Khosla, psychiatrist, and Shraddha Gite, director (Dreamcatcher Art School, Koregaon Park). They engaged the audience with conversation revolving around personal and professional experiences.
There were enthralling performances at the festival. The opening night was hosted by Aayushi Jagad. The audience swayed to Jaydeep’s singing and to Abhishek’s dance performance. The closing night saw a vast range of performances including a solo singing by Jaydeep, a duet dance by Suraj and Pulkit, soulful singing of Monami, Saurabh, and Kushal and solo dances by Shreyansh Sharma, Abhishek, and Sonali Dalvi which left the audience captivated. The second year of the festival kept its promise to be a free and safe space for queer persons and their allies to come together and celebrate diversity, promising to make 2019’s festival even bigger and louder!
The 2nd Out & Loud – Pune International Queer Film Festival was made possible because of the tireless efforts of the volunteers and the organizing committee of MIST. Our Promotion Partner was Planet Romeo, Supporting Partner- The YP Foundation, Community Partner- The Qknit, Beverage Partner- Coffee Jar, Venue Partner- Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon Park, and Farmaaish Restro-Lounge-Bar, Viman Nagar.