May 15, 2019
An online contest for short film makers in LGBTQ space
Received over 60 entries across India
Blued, a Gay dating and social networking app that has actively been involved in supporting and encouraging the LGBTQ community, has launched their first ever queer film making contest called Blued Queer Flicks. The contest was put together with the aim to promote LGBTQ community and encourage their talent. The contest will be followed by a screening scheduled to be taken place on June 8, 2019 in Delhi.
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 awarded with the cash prizes and awards.
The movies are based on queer themes, struggles, love, fun, education and society perception, the film makers are budding independent filmmakers who are portraying their views through the lens. The videos will be featuring on Blued app for the people to watch and it will also have voting options where people can vote and share.
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Sanyam Sharma – Marketing Director, Blued India said, “The LGBTQI community has dealt with a lot in the last few years. It’s time that they had a voice and what better way to portray it than through films which will be showcased to the masses and gets a chance to be premiered at an International platform. Our focus has always been to promote the community and encourage these voices that need to be heard. Through Blued, we want to have an open dialogue not with the just the community but those who have a wrong opinion about this community. We hope to see more participation in BQF and addressing more issues through this platform.”
The shortlisted movies address issues like Gay Love, Trans Struggles, Societal Stigma, GBTQ (Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer) issues, Faith in Love, Acceptance and Awareness and Dreams & Desire.
Blued has always supported the LGBTQI community and has been instrumental in educating the masses as well as the community about their rights. Blued had previously sponsored and delivered successful campaigns highlighting the after course of Section 377 and how holi also for the Gay man and not just the masses.
Launched in the year 2012, Blued is the largest gay dating social media app with more than 40 million users globally. Created by Blue City Holdings Co. Ltd., the application is available on both Android and iOS phones. Blued sees over 11 million active users daily. Its features include browsing, group conversations, chat, live video streaming and news feed. One of the greatest features of app is the Video Chat & Live Stream which doesn’t have a location limitation, and can establish a conversation with anyone anywhere in the planet. Available in 9 languages, the app connects people with instant translations. Blued was ranked number one in the “Dating App” category at the 2015 World Internet Conference.