Chennai International Queer Film Festival
While queer and trans* collectives examine our legal and political options to assert our rights, we also seek our place in this world through participating in and producing cultures that reflect both the universality and specificity of our experiences. We at Reel Desires invite films that augment and enrich these cultures. In addition, we are particularly interested in the films, shorts and documentaries on the following sub-theme:
a. Queerness and Sex Work - films that challenge the normative idea of sex work as ‘bad’ and counter attempts to sanitise LGBTIQ issues and communities by distancing ourselves from sex work. We would like to consider films that look at lesbian and bi women who sell sex, those that address the conflation of sex work with trafficking, explore fluidity among straight-identified men who are 'gay for pay’, and other diverse intersections of gender, sexuality and sex work.
b. Crossing borders in relationships - films that explore cross-cultural relationships and their inherent complexities of power/privilege are invited. Culture is defined broadly here, and could include relationships between trans* (or transitioning) and non-trans people, between queer/trans people with disabilities and those without, mixed-orientation (gay-bisexual, lesbian-bisexual) relationships, and/or involving individuals of different social categories.
Besides these, we are also interested in films that examine sexual and gender fluidity, and films from under-represented parts of India (the North East, non-metros) and the South Asian region (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan).