Chennai Dost organizes Chennai Rainbow Film Festival as they wanted LGBT themed films and documentaries need exposure and a platform to be screened in public. Read on to know more about this festival.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
We are a group of friends but not as an individual. Our journey started in 2008 and the road that we traveled to build this organisation stronger, it took lot of effort, collective work, dedication and passion towards fighting for LGBT rights.
What prompted you to start a film festival?
We started Chennai Dost in 2008 with only 6 members. And organised art exhibitions, movie screenings etc. We decided to launch the LGBT film festival in 2012, since we wanted LGBT themed films and documentaries need exposure and a platform to be screened in public.
What is the selection procedure you follow?
We have 6 internal panelists and 3 panelists from outside. Once we receive film submissions, our panel coordinator will set a schedule for the movie to be watched by the panelist. Based on quality, relevance to the theme, production, acting, storyline, technical input etc, movies will be scored and the movies which scores higher will be selected for screening.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
We have 9 member core group, 9 member panelists and close 23 volunteers working around the year for the film festival. Our efficient team members has skills which are necessary for organising the event. Sourabh who is co-director of the film festival has multiple skills in organising such large scale event. Yuvraj has been working with us in the previous film festival and currently the director of the festival has vast experience in event management. Dr. Dinesh and Josephus taking care of film entries and fund raising.
What is your dream/ vision?
As a community initiative, Chennai Rainbow Film Festival(CRFF) aims to provide a venue for screening the works of established and emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer video and film makers or others who portray our community in a positive and affirmative light; and also to bring noteworthy films by local, national and international talent to Front Range audiences, including films that may not otherwise see distribution in area theaters; and to build GLBTQ community and counter issues of invisibility and misinformation by providing a forum for viewing films that depict our lives and for discussing the films in a social and political context. The Chennai Rainbow (LGBT) Film Festival showcases the best LGBT films which are internationally acclaimed works that fosters diversity throughout the world.
What difficulties you face in organizing a film festival?
Fund raising is the most difficult in doing such a large scale event. Lack of international support for funds is a concern. Since 377 ruling by Supreme court we are also facing issues in finding a venue. We were not able to hold the event in 2014, due to venue unavailability. Even international institutes are reluctant to give us their space to do this event.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
Chennai Rainbow Film Festival believes that the shared experience of cinema is a form of activism that has the power to connect people across borders and boundaries of all description. The festival is curated and based on thematic sections, some of which change every year to reflect issues that are gripping the world’s – and filmmakers’- imagination.
Anything else you’d like to share?
For more details please contact Yuvraj at 8939436770 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chennaidost.com/chennai-rainbow-film-festival
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