Solaris Pictures, Mumbai

Solaris Pictures is the only Indian film production company that has consistently been making films on issues such as homosexuality and gay rights, films that engage the audience and initiate dialogues on issues dealing with health and sexuality, human rights, and the  gay and transgender communities. Solaris Pictures was one of the Principal Organizers of the recently concluded KASHISH – Mumbai, International Queer Film Festival 2010 which created history by being the first ever mainstream queer film festival in India held on an international scale. It screened 110 films from 25 countries to over 1200 audience at two venues, one of which was a mainstream commercial theater – PVR Cinemas in Juhu, Mumbai and the other being Alliance Francaise, Mumbai.

Magic Lantern Foundation, New Delhi

Magic Lantern Foundation is a non-profit group working with culture and human rights. Established in 1989, MLF has been involved with: Production of documentary films that explore aesthetics and politics, Campaigning with films on issues of social justice, culture and censorship, Media education to critically assess the dominant media, Training in the  use of media and media education, Intervening in the construction of media policy, Dissemination of independent films, Curation and organization of film festivals. Since 2004, MLF has organized a series of film festivals on its own and has encouraged student and civil society groups to do similar projects in their local areas.

Movies That Matter, Netherlands

‘Movies That Matter’, an initiative of Amnesty International, in the Netherlands, promotes international human rights film screenings, offers advice and assistance, and stimulates the exchange of knowledge and experience. They offer a platform for feature films and documentaries made by filmmakers taking a stand for human rights and a sustainable world.   The Movies that Matter Festival, the successor of the Amnesty International Film Festival, takes place every spring in Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. This international film and debate festival presents some 70 human rights films and documentaries along with daily talk shows and debates with international guests.

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