Pune: A short film made by a student from Film and television institute of India has been selected for prestigious Cannes Film Festival in short films category. This is the first time, FTII film has been selected for the festival which will be held from May 17 to 28 this year.

Afternoon Clouds directed by Payal Kapadia, a third year film direction course student of 2012 Batch of FTII has been invited to participate in the Cinéfondation selection of the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival. Gilles Jacob, President of Cinéfondation has confirmed the selection and has invited Payal Kapadia for screening her short film at Cannes.

To mark its 20th year, the Cinéfondation selection team has selected 16 films (14 works of Fiction and 02 animations) from among 2600 short films submitted by Film Schools from all over the world. Fourteen countries from three continents had sent their entries. Four of the films selected come from schools in India, including FTII.

The three Cinéfondation prizes will be awarded at a ceremony preceding the screening of the prize-winning films on Friday 26th May in the Bunuel Theatre at Cannes.

Afternoon Clouds, the short film by Payal, is about Kaki, a 60-year old widow who lives with her Nepali maid Malati. The film is placed during one afternoon in their house where a flower blossoms in the balcony. Malati meets a boy from her hometown unexpectedly. In the meanwhile, men in the passage spray mosquito repellant smoke that gives Kaki bad dreams. This 13-minute short film features Usha Naik and Trimala Adhikari.

Bhupendra Kainthola, director, FTII, said to Asian Age, “We have sent entry for this festival for the first time in the history and at first go film by our student got selected. This fact underlines why FTII is a premier film institute of the country. We are proud of works of our students.”

Payal Kapadia, said, “I am happy and proud. I made this film as a part of second year syllabus and did not know that FTII had sent my film for the Cannes Short Film Festival. I found out now after the film got selected.”

She added, “Film is about perception of relationships and love by two women of different ages and completely different background. This is quite film.”

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