Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival 2012
Jalpaiguri (March 11), Siliguri (March 24),
Kolkata (March 25)
First Announcement and Call for Entries
Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival 2012 is opening its call for entries for the eighth edition
to be held in Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Kolkata in the month of March.
Mobile film shows in health settings will also be organized in Asansol,
Haldia and Howrah.
The festival is being co-organized by Northern Black Rose, Siliguri;
Jalpaiguri Uttarayan, Jalpaiguri; Koshish, Kolkata; PLUS, Kolkata;
Astitva Dakshin, Baruipur and Solidarity and Action Against The HIV
Infection in India (SAATHII), Kolkata Office on behalf of the Coalition
of Rights Based Groups, a state level advocacy forum to advance the health and rights of sexual minorities and people living with HIV in West Bengal.
The festival is organized annually in memory of the pioneering activist Siddhartha Gautam and seeks to generate
awareness and dialogue on gender, sexuality, HIV, sexual and
reproductive health, and human rights issues. SAATHII and its partner
organizations first organized the festival in Kolkata in 2003. It was
inspired by a similar festival organized by the Friends of Siddhartha
group in New Delhi each year from 1993 to 2003.
Over the years, the festival has
become a multi-venue, week long event that reaches out to audiences in
both urban and rural West Bengal. This is the third year that the
festival is being organized as part of the Coalition of Rights Based
Groups’ efforts. The festival is also organized along similar lines in
Odisha by sister coalition Sampark. The coalitions have provided the
festival with a much wider ambit and reach than in the earlier years.
The festival includes both theatre-based and mobile film screenings.
The festival will make its debut in Jalpaiguri this year.
Festival theme: In
its eighth edition, the festival aims to highlight a diverse set of
cross-cutting and interlinked issues that Siddhartha Gautam worked on:
· Struggle for survival with dignity of people living with HIV and those involved in same-sex romantic relationships
· Challenges faced by transgender people in social, legal and economic spheres
· Protection of child rights
· Concerns of mental health and disability
· Stories of untiring activism to fight corruption and justice
will be seen by a diverse audience of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, intersexed, Kothi, Hijra and other queer people; people
infected or affected by HIV; social workers; health care providers;
legal service providers; government officials; college and university
students; and media persons. Families and friends of queer people and
people living with HIV will be especially welcome.
Call for entries:
Filmmakers interested in participating should send their films in DVD
formats (compatible with Indian systems) together with the screening
permission letter, synopsis (film title, genre, production/release year, duration, director and producers’ names, film summary and filmmaker profile summary), and full contact details. Please also submit one or two digital stills from the film, or computer soft copy of the film DVD cover.
documentaries, docu-features and feature films of any length suitable
to the festival themes will be welcome. We especially encourage films
produced in India and those that focus on the Indian, Indian Diaspora
and South Asian contexts. We will also be approaching a number of
filmmakers whose productions are already available in SAATHII’s
reference libraries in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.
Please note that there
is no entry fee for participation. All films will be subject to a
selection process by the Film Festival Organizing Committee. SAATHII
will be happy to include the films submitted in its reference libraries
which together constitute a key resource in eastern India for material on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Last date for submission: February 29, 2012
Films need to be submitted / couriered to:
Sarika Kar, Knowledge Resources and Documentation Officer, SAATHII, 229
Kalitala Main Road, Purbachal (N), Kolkata 700 078. Phone: 033 2484
4835, 2484 5002
festival programming and schedules will be announced on the SAATHII
website and Facebook page in the coming days. Please also look out for
Phone: Pawan Dhall 0 98312 88023; Souvik Ghosal 0 91262 07148; Dipankar
Datta 0 98325 62550; Agniva Lahiri 0 98305 10527; Sanjay Ram 0 98300
23153; Sanjay Mandal 0 98308 37440; Sarika Kar 033 2484 5002
In solidarity: Pawan
Dhall, Souvik Ghosal, Dipankar Dutta, Agniva Lahiri, Sanjay Ram, Sanjay
Mandal, Kunal Chowdhury, Sarika Kar – Film Festival Organizing
Committee – on behalf of the Coalition of Rights Based Groups
Courtesy: Interact Worldwide, London; Department for International Development – Civil Society Challenge Fund, Glasgow; Alliance India, New Delhi; Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria