For the first time, parents and friends of queer persons will watch lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed (LGBT) films as an audience at the city's international queer film festival, Kashish 2012.
The five-day festival will begin on May 23 at Cinemax, Versova and Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Marine Lines.
"With the theme For Everyone, we have made special efforts to screen films and hold panel discussions for the families and friends of queer people," said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director.
The festival, which will screen 120 films, chosen from across 30 countries, will for the first time, show 40 films made by debutant Indian and international directors.
Short films will include Rainbow Warriors (about queer people who have made a difference) and Red Ribbon package (films on HIV/AIDS). The festival will also play host to American filmmaker Rob Williams, whose film Make the Yuletide Gay has received rave reviews.
"Apart from entertainment, one of our missions is to advocate the mainstreaming of LGBT people, their life and issues through films like Unfair Games, a film based on homophobia in sports, and Family Ties that will deal with queer persons and their families," added Rangayan.