The third Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival came to an end on Sunday, awarding Chilean film Mi Ultimo Round (My Last Round) directed by Julio Jorquera Arriagada best feature film.
‘Kashish is a wonderful attempt to provide a mainstream platform for the LGBT community,’ said actor Anupam Kher when he presented the prize for best film. ‘Cinema is meant to break barriers.’
Kher also announced that he would sponsor the 50,000 Rupees ($892, â‚¬715) prize from next year.
The winning feature film tells a love story between a boxer and a kitchen assistant in a working class community in southern Chile. The director sent a message from Chile when he heard that Mi Ultimo Round had won the top prize.
‘I am very happy to receive this news,’ said Jorquera Arriagada. ‘I send a big hello from a distance. For me it is an honor to receive this award.’
The Riyad Wadia Award for best emerging Indian filmmaker went to Pradipta Ray for Raat Baki (The Night is Young), a film which focuses on three people, two gay and one straight, who look for love in the city.
Co-festival director Pallav Patankar said Kashish 2012 had been a great success. He pointed out that at the first festival two years ago 90% of the funding came from UN agencies, but this year only 10% came from international agencies, with the rest from corporates. ‘This will help us achieve our long term goal of making this festival financially sustainable,’ said Patankar.
Watch Mi Ultimo Round here: