An interesting and insightful medley of films, documentaries and plays marked the opening day of the 5th Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) on at Alliance Francaise.
The annual film festival, jointly organised by Good as You (GAY), We’re Here & Queer (WHAQ), Swabhava and Pirat Dykes, saw a sizeable audience drawn from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.
A member of LGBT community, said the festival is a wonderful way of voicing concerns and turmoil faced by the community. If multiplexes across the City could come forward and create awareness among public about these issues in a similar way, the message could reach a large section of society.”
An art and photo exhibition was part of the fest. also thrown open to visitors and was an added attraction of the exhibition.
Besides the LGBT community, a major part of working youth also attended the film festival. The festival is on till February 24. Fifty-five films from 20 countries are being screened at the festival.
Of these, seven are full-length feature films, 18 short fiction films, six short films, six experimental films and 18 documentaries.
Films have come from countries including India, Pakistan, China, the US, Britain, Brazil, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Norway, Australia, Myanmar, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines and Holland.
Since 2009, when the event was turned into Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF), the City has become a destination for local and international Queer films, the organisers said.