Third edition of Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival (DIQTFF) 2017 is organised in collaboration with Harmless Hugs and Impulse New Delhi by AIDS Healthcare Foundation along with Canada High Commission as its Associate Supporter on 9th and 10th December, 2017 to witness power packed theatre performances and movies from across the globe underlining the sensitive lives of queer people.
Talking about DIQTFF, Vinay Kumar, Founder, Harmless Hugs said, ‘It was an initiative to bring art, culture, and theatres to the mainstream and give a new direction to queer movements. They are hoping to strengthen the talent from the communities and give them the adequate platform to show the society that they are also of us. This event will be an avenue for LGBT people and allies to learn more about their community filled with fun and knowledge. Although organizing the third time in a row was not at all a cake-walk and all the credit goes to the donors, sponsors, volunteers the people who supported in making this happen.
“Stigma attached to sexual orientation and sexual preferences have been a major challenge in the society. Platforms like Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival is a unique way to reach out to the society and advocate for equal rights for everyone regardless of sex, gender, and sexuality. It also gives an opportunity to the people who are in the closet and still fighting with their identity. Let’s work together for a better and brighter future of the LGBTQIA community in India, ”said, Bismaya Kumar Raulo, Program Coordinator – Impulse New Delhi.
‘It has been observed that media in form of theatre or films is a good way of addressing sensitive issues like LGBT to a mass audience and it helps to change the mindset of the society by the influence of its artists. Thus, DIQTFF provides that platform to young budding theatre and film producers to encourage and exhibit their talents based on LGBT issues.’ As mentioned by Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, Brand Ambassador, AHF.
Also, High Commission of Canada, for the third time is associating with Harmless Hugs for its Delhi International Queer Theatre & Film Festival. Soyoung Park, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of Canada-New Delhi says, ‘Canada strongly supports respect for diversity and human rights, and advocates for dignity and equal rights for all regardless of personal characteristics such as sex, religion, colour, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.’
A renowned gay dating app, Grindr is thrilled to support and be a part of this year’s DIQTFF. In a time when the queer culture in India is developing a strong and independent voice, we celebrate being a part of such an important moment,” added, Peter Sloterdyk, Vice President-Marketing.