A still from the movie 'Tagerine'
A still from the movie 'Tagerine'BQFF

The annual Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) 2016 is returning this weekend and it will see the coming together of brilliant movies with LGBTQ interest from all over the world. It gives the diverse and cosmopolitan population of Bangalore an opportunity to come together and enjoy boundary-pushing films with like-minded people.

Organised by the Swabhava Trust, Good As You, We're Here And Queer and Pirat Dykes, the Bangalore Queer Film Festival will not only bring you big-budget films, but also indie and short films. A proud benefactor of gutsy animators, amateur cinematographers, documentary and experimental filmmakers, BQFF will continue to bring its audience a wide range of films, queer cultural performances, photo exhibitions, art exhibitions and book launches.

Special screenings of movies will be held at Alliance Fran├žaise de Bangalore, including the award-winning "Laurence Anyways", directed by Xavier Dolan, and "La Belle Saison", directed by Catherine Corsini. Meanwhile, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will see a set of performances by 11 city artistes and an exhibition of photographs and illustrations of LGBTQ interest.

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This year's BQFF is especially groundbreaking in that we will see huge participation from various South Indian film industries. From the Malayalam film "Odum Raja Aadum Rani" to the Kannada film "Naanu Avanalla Avalu", South Indian cinema is definitely taking us one step closer to repealing the archaic Section 377.

Documentaries from South India also include "Walking the Walk", which is about the pride march in Hyderabad, and "That's My Boy", a movie about an individual named Sonu.

Another amazing movie you cannot miss at BQFF 2016 is "Tangerine", which became popular worldwide for being short entirely on an iPhone 5. 

For the complete schedule of the events, visit the BLRQueerFilmFest website. You can register for a BQFF 2016 delegate pass and attend the event for free. 

Do not forget to check back here for more updates regarding the festival and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers. 

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