The logo of the International Cannes Film Festival is pictured during a press conference to announce the movies in official competition for the upcoming 70th International Cannes film festival, on April 13, 2017 in Paris. Pic/AFP
A film directed by a third-year student of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) here has been selected for Cinéfondation under the aegis of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
“Gilles Jacob, president of Cinéfondation, has confirmed the selection and has invited Payal Kapadia for presentation of her film at Cannes,” the FTII stated in a release today.
This is for the first time that an FTII film is selected for participation in the Cinéfondation, which is created to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers.
Kapadia told PTI her film “Afternoon Clouds” is actually a second-year exercise at FTII, which have to be done as a part of final second-year project.
She said Cinéfondation is actually students’ Cannes section and it was FTII, which sent the film.
To mark its 20th year, the Cinéfondation selection has chosen 16 films (14 works of fiction and 2 animations) from among 2600 works submitted this year by film schools from all over the world, it said, dding that four of the films selected came from various film schools, including FTII.
The three Cinéfondation prizes will be awarded at a ceremony preceding the screening of the prize-winning films on May 26 in the Bunuel Theatre at Cannes.
FTII last week bagged the prestigious “Rajat Kamal” (silver lotus) for best cinematography in non feature film category in the 64th National Film Awards.