A graphic design student has won a competition to design the poster for this year's Kashish, India's biggest queer film festival.
The winner was chosen by one of India's top fashion designers, Wendell Rodricks, who said:
'The winning poster has raced ahead of the rest due to the creative nature of translating the butterfly motif without resorting to the butterfly icon that is part of the Festival motif. That apart, the message is conveyed with clarity, minimalism and dignity – three characteristics I personally cherish, and wish to congratulate the winner for the same.'
S Ayyappa, a student at Andhra Loyala College in Vijayawada, south east India, whose winning design will be the visual signature for this year's festival, said:
'I am very happy that my poster won the competition conducted by Kashish. This is the first national competition that I have participated in and it feels great to enjoy the taste of success… Like the colorful butterfly which travels around, your film festival also reaches many people.'
The 3rd Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will screen a variety of shorts and features from all over the world, including the travels of San Franciscan couple Jenni and Lisa in search of 'supergays' in India. The schedule will be announced nearer to the start of the festival which runs from 22 to 27 May 2012.