BQFF ENTERS A NEW DECADE WITH YOU IN 2020
We look forward to another edition of the festival, lolling on the mattresses watching movies, chatting and catching up in breaks, heart breaks and meet-cutes in 2020.
BQFF 2019 (31st July – 4th August) was the 10th anniversary of the festival and it was five days of mad love with film screenings, performances, art exhibitions and panel discussions held at the Alliance Française de Bengaluru and Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.
The 2019 festival featured 73 films representing 27 countries in the world, including Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Austria, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The performances kicked off with a powerful curtain raiser by Manjamma Jogathi and Troupe, at The Bangalore International Centre, a new venue partner for the festival. Our centre stage performer was none other than the awe inspiring Revathi A, with her monologue Nanna Dhwani (I Have a Voice). Our closing spotlight was on the force, play and feeling of poetry, with four poets – Hoshang Merchant, Vikramaditya Sahai, Namita Aavriti and Joshua Muyiwa – reading from their work. Our art exhibition this year was inaugurated on the 3rd of August and included the work of three ground-shifting artists – Aryakrishnan, Renuka Rajiv and Sandip Kuriakose. To mark ten years of the festival we also had two panels featuring filmmakers, those in attendance and those who have been closely associated with BQFF over the years. Unnikrishnan Avala and team, Rohan Kanawade, Manoj Thorat, Christy Raj, Priya Sen, Debalina, Satya Nagpaul, Shilpi Gulati and Jainendra Dost all spoke about the language of films and how to make a queer image, with these conversations being moderated by Gee Imaan Semmalar and Shai Heredia.
On the whole BQFF 2019 was a raucous and loving marker of the 10 years in which we have all created a special place for queer cinema and queer lives in our context.
For a sense of our previous festivals look at the links below: