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Sappho for Equality is a forum – the first of its kind in Eastern India – that has emerged as a consequence of a unique effort to bridge the ever-widening gulf between the queer and the non-queer parts of the society in India. Taking wing in October 2003, Sappho for Equality aspires to become the collective voice of all cross-sections of society who feel the imperative to challenge the hegemonic compulsory heteronormative patriarchal order that rules our present… Know more

call for submissions

Storyboard/Synopsis with Treatment Note for signature film for DIALOGUES: Calcutta International LGBT Film & Video Festival 2014

Theme:  democracy & sexuality – troubled frontiers 

Shortlisted Storyboard/Synopsis with Treatment Note will be awarded Rupees Fifty Thousand (Rs.50000/-) to be made into the signature film by the submitting filmmaker.

Since its beginning in 2007, DIALOGUES: Calcutta International LGBT Film & Video Festival commissioned an independent filmmaker for a signature film for the festival each year. These signature films, extremely diverse in content and style – from conceptual pieces to animation videos – every year, has stood to signify the spirit of DIALOGUES LGBT Film & Video Festival.

This year, DIALOGUES invites ideas from independent filmmakers – both professional and amateur – and opens this call for submission. Submissions are expected to be in the format of a story board – for a signature film – on the theme:

democracy & sexuality – troubled frontiers

In our societies ruled by the moral/ immoral public/ private equal/ unequal dichotomy does democracy care about sexuality? Or does the two share a deeply conflicted relationship? Is it possible to speak about this connection between these two apparently disconnected terms? How do we explore and understand the ways, for example, in which democracy seeks to accommodate and appropriate the sexual? In this world, can citizenship thus be exercised with the same meaning and freedom or value in every dimension of social life including that of our sexualities? How do we transform into reality a dream where sexuality acquires a meaning in all areas of our lives including the social, cultural and political?

One way to resolve this issue would be uniting these contradicting worlds into a single sphere of citizenship, in which women, men and others of all sexual orientations and or gender identities are protagonists. Perhaps it is necessary for us then to define – beyond the typical liberal discourse – what we mean by freedom, equality, democracy, citizenship and sexual rights as human rights.

 Duration of Storyboard: One minute

Last Date of Submission of Storyboard:  September 23, 2014 by 5 pm

Submissions can only be made by email to:

Shortlisted candidates will be notified for pitching

Decision on the winning submission will be notifiedby first week of October 2014

Final submission of Signature film must be made by October 25, 2014



DIALOGUES was launched in 2007 as an annual cultural event in the city of Calcutta, already used to hosting diverse film and video festivals covering different genres and aspects. The festival is a celebration of writers, directors, actors and their work dealing with gay lesbian, bisexual, and transgender themes and issues.

The Festival focuses on showcasing feature films, shorts, and videos from national and international filmmakers, typically highlighting major feature films of interest to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, simultaneously providing a much-needed venue for independent film and video from India and abroad on these themes. This festival will include films from around the country and abroad. The Festival is put together by SAPPHO FOR EQUALITY and PRATYAY GENDER TRUST in collaboration with GOETHE INSTITUT/ MAX MUELLER BHAVAN KOLKATA



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