Pune: Mist, an LGBTQ Collective, is hosting its second edition of Pune International Queer Film Festival (PIQFF) in the city. Around 128 films would be screened at the festival this year. The three-day festival will end on April 8. The film festival is being held at The Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon Park.
“Out of an overwhelming 1,615 submissions, we shortlisted 128 films this year. We received films from 103 countries, including countries like Iceland, Iran and Tunisia. This was way over what we received last year and we hope this trend of queer films multiplying each year continues,” said Ram, who spearheaded the film selection team this year.
The films that are being screened at the festival include The Red Dress, Mum, I’m Back, Dad is Pretty, Aren’t We Here for Each Other?, My son is Gay, (S)he, the Dua etc. Shyam Konnur, founder of Mist, said, “Last year, for our first edition, we were expecting around 200 people. However, we got an overwhelming response from around 500 people, both from the community as well as others.”
Mist is an eight-year-old LGBTQ collective that started in Bengaluru in 2010. Mist aims to build stronger bonds with allies by creating queer-friendly spaces where people can showcase their talents and learn from each other to build a world of acceptance and possibilities.