Last week, between the several exciting meetings that promised to open new partnerships, and a number of exciting submissions, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival organisers received some heartwarming feedback. GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (known in short as GFEST) is recognised as London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) cross art festival for all. London’s premier gay arts festival GFEST leads in stamping out homophobia and promotes diversity in London and particularly advocates equality for LGBT & Queer artists in all walks of life. GFEST takes place annually in various venues across London in November under the artistic direction of Niranjan Kamatkar.

One comment from a mainstream art champion on the work presented in the festival noted that it is reflective of cutting-edge excellence and artistic merits loaded with exciting LGBT, queer arts programming ‘as it should be’. The organisers were told that GFEST programme follows a perfect blend of future trends in the art.


The next day BBC FILM NETWORK signed as GFEST 2010 Media partner and covered the GFEST call for submissions in their newsletter. GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “We are very pleased with this newly formed media partnership. It is a recognition that film and media industry’s most respected and high quality brand would like to support the mainstreaming process for the festival. It opens up greater opportunities for GFEST filmmakers who showcased their excellent work over the past years.”

BBC’s recent proactive engagement and refreshingly welcome coverage on the arts programmes (Modern Masters, Art Walks, Opera Season, etc., ) can also open a lot of exciting possibilities for LGBT and queer art and films.