Payal Kapadia’s short film, Afternoon Clouds has been chosen for the Cinéfondation forum.
Cannes Film Festival 2017 has declared the official selection of short films for the 70th edition of the festival.
The film festival will take place between May 17 and May 28, 2017, and during that time span, the winners will be decided.
Payal Kapadia, a film direction course student from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune has just made history for her institute.
Afternoon Clouds made history!!
Afternoon Clouds, the short film for the first time made by a student from FTII will be screened at Festival de Cannes which is more popularly known as “Cannes Film Festival”.
The film was selected from a pool of 2600 short films.
This would mark the first time a film from FTII has been selected up for the Cinefondation category.
Bhupendra Kainthola, the director of FTII was in very proud of this achievement. He is in the best of spirits expressed his happiness by saying:
“It’s the first time we took part and we won gold.”
He further added:
“We have sent the entry for Cannes festival 2017 for the first time in the history and at first go, our student got chosen. This fact marks why FTII is a premier film institute of the India. We are proud of works of our students.”
The 13-minute short film revolves around the connection between a 70-year-old widow named Kaki, who lives along with her Nepali maid Malti in Mumbai.
Payal Kapadia said:
“I am proud and happy. I made this short film as a part of the second-year syllabus and didn’t even know that FTII had sent my film to the Cannes Short Film Festival 2017. I found out now after the film got picked up.”
The film is about the love of two women of different ages and totally different background and perception of relationships. This is completely a film.”
Starring Trimala Adhikari and Usha Naik, the film has been shot completely on film, rather than on digital camera and was shot wholly indoors.
The inspiration for this film came from Payal’s own grandmother who also lived alone with a Nepali maid and it ends up exploring the meaning of relationships and love.
From 2,600 entries that were submitted in this category, Afternoon Clouds is one of 14 fiction films and 2 animated films, to have been chosen to participate.
Last year, a film made by a student from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, was chosen under the same category.