The Marathi film, “Daaravtha” (The Threshold), directed by Nishant Roy Bombarde, which won the National Award for ‘Best Short Film’ earlier this year, will now compete for the Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT short film prize, often referred to as ‘gay oscars’. The short film will compete with 34 other shortlisted films at the festival, which will be held in Cardiff, U.K., from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16.
The Iris Prize is the largest LGBT short film prize in the world, with the winner receiving 30,000 pounds to make their next short film in the U.K.
The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which is one of the partner festivals of the Iris Prize Festival, nominated “Daaravtha” – which won the ‘Best Indian Short Film’ award at the seventh edition of Kashish MIQFF (South Asia’s biggest LGBT film festival) held in May – as India’s entry for the prize.
“I am really grateful to Kashish for providing the film with such a great platform like Iris,” Bombarde said in a statement. “I think this is a brilliant initiative by Iris to get few films nominated instead of direct selection since in some countries like India, films related to LGBT issues are still in their nascent stage and might not make a cut to an otherwise very competitively curated festival.”
Kashish MIQFF festival director Sridhar Rangayan said that “Daaravtha” continues the trend of the growing queer film movement in India. “One of the aims of Kashish is to provide a platform for Indian LGBTQ films to be showcased around the world,” he said. “The nomination of our festival’s winner at Iris Prize raises huge expectations as the winner at Iris gets to make his/her next film with the cash award and resources offered by Iris.”