India’s Historic Cannes Film Festival Performance

  • Payal Kapadia’s film, ‘All We Imagine as Light’, won the Grand Prix for the first time in 30 years, marking the first Indian film to win this prestigious award. 
  • The film was granted official Indo-French co-production status by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, under the Audio-Visual Treaty between India and France. 
  • Chidanand S Naik, a student from the Film and Television Institute of India, won the first prize in the La Cinef section for “SUNFLOWERS WERE THE FIRST ONES TO KNOW”, a 15-minute short film based on a Kannada folklore. 
  • The festival also celebrated the work of world-renowned Director Shyam Benegal, with his restored Manthan showcased at Cannes. 
  • Cinematographer Santosh Sivan became the first Asian to be awarded the Pierre Angénieux Tribute award at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. 
  • Anasuya Sengupta became the first Indian to win the Best Actress award for her performance in ‘The Shameless’ in the ‘Uncertain Regard’ category. 
  • Maisam Ali, another FTII alumnus, screened his film “In Retreat” at the ACID Cannes sidebar program, marking the first time an Indian film was screened in the section run by the Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema since its inception in 1993. 
  • The Film and Television Institute of India celebrated its achievements with alumni such as Payal Kapadia, Santosh Sivan, Maisam Ali, and Chidanand S Naik. 
  • The Bharat Pavilion, set up by NFDC under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was the center point of activities throughout the festival days, facilitating discussions between Indian filmmakers, producers, and international film corporations.
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