Prominent and openly gay Indian fashion designer Wendell Rodricks will be the judge for the poster design contest for KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival, the organizers announced yesterday.
Rodricks, listed among one of India’s top ten designers and conferred upon the country’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the government of India in 2014, hopes that through this contest, ‘opinions and laws can change to provide liberty, dignity and unity in a troubled world for many people’.
‘It gives me great pleasure to support the KASHISH 2016 international poster contest,’ said Rodricks, who is judging this contest for the fourth time.
He added: ‘(I) hope the poster reaches out to more people, not just the LGBT community, but hearts all over so that opinions and laws can change to provide liberty, dignity and unity in a troubled world for many people.’
Rodricks, who is married to Jerome Marrel, met him in Oman in 1988 through a mutual friend. They were eventually married in a civil ceremony in Paris. Rodricks credits Marrel for his success as a fashion designer, in his biography, The Green Room.
The theme of the poster design contest this year is ‘7 Shades Of Love’, underlining the message that at the core of every human relationship is the capacity to love and offer respect to each other. The winning design will be featured on various publicity channels such as billboards, banners and cinema slides.
Held over five days at two venues, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is by far the only LGBTQ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater, and also the first Indian LGBTQ festival to be held with approval by the Government of India.
“This year’s theme resonates with the basic need for everyone to be loved and respected. LGBT persons too need that love and respect which has been long overdue,’ said festival director Sridhar Rangayan.
Rangayan added: ‘This year the festival promises a selection of films that looks at love in all its shades and hues.’