Blued,LGBTQ Based App Organises an Award Event for the LGBTQIA community.
Delegates from UNDP, UNAIDS in attendance.
New Delhi, 5th June, 2019; Ever since section 377 has been decriminalized, India has been welcoming various debates, dialogues, and endeavors for the LGBTQIA community. World Number 1 application, “Blued” For LGBTQIA community has recently organized a film festival that had invited short movies from independent filmmakers on LGBTQIA topics.
Blued Queer Flicks was an open call for the submission of the movies which are based on queer themes, struggles, love, fun, education and society perception along-with budding independent filmmakers. The selected top 10 short movies were open to watch on Blued app, where users can vote for their favorite movie. On the basis of audience votes, the top 5 movies will be screened at the event, along with drama and performance from the people of the community and a panel discussion around representation of LGBTQIA in art and Cinema.
This is the first time an endeavor like this has been introduced in India. Blued Queer Flicks has garnered a good response from the filmmakers and artists. The Campaign started on 15th May across pan India online on Blued app for people to watch and vote for their favorite LGBTQIA theme based movie. The offline event will be held on 8th June in New Delhi at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Sanyam Sharma – Marketing Director, Blued India said, “The LGBTQIA community has made a positive shift in India in the last few years & emerged with a strong voice and opinion regarding the issues faced by them in the past. It’s time that they had a voice and what will be a better way to portray it than through films which will be showcased to the masses at a digital platform like Blued and got a chance to be awarded as a motivation factor. Our focus has always been to promote the community and encourage these voices and talent that needs to be heard. Through Blued, we want to have an open dialogue, not with just the community but those who have a wrong opinion about them. We hope to see more participation next year from India and share their views on a global platform like Blued.”
The agenda behind this campaign was to provide the platform to short filmmakers who want to express their views through visual content based on LGBTQIA issues and raise awareness about the same to the masses. Over 60 entries have been received since the contest was launched in April. Out of the total received entries, there are 10 selected contestants whose short movies will be shown at the fest and the winners will be presented with the cash prizes and awards. Top 5 voted movies will be screened during the event, in the kind presence of delegates from different LGBTQIA based organizations like UNAIDS, UNDP, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, who will mark their presence.
Apart from the movie screening, there will be performances from Sukhmach Theatre group & Mitr Trust. Also, there will be a panel discussion about the representation of LGBTQIA in art and cinema, following up with the awards & recognition distribution ceremony.
Blued is a gay social networking app globally. Founded by Ma Baoli (Geng Le), the app was launched in 2012 and now counts 40 million users globally. The application is available on Android and iOS. Blued has features like nearby profiles, live broadcasting, a post timeline, and group conversations. Blued is not only dating but also a social networking application for all LGBTQIA population of the world.