FTII Students Won ‘La Cinef’ Award

  • 25 May 2024

On May 23rd, 2024, “SUNFLOWERS WERE THE FIRST ONES TO KNOW,” a short film by a student of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), has won Cannes’ La Cinef Award for Best Short at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Key Points

  • For the first time, a film by a student from FTII's 1-year Television course won at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The film was among 18 shorts (14 live-action and 4 animated films) selected from a total of 2,263 films submitted by 555 film schools all over the world.
  • The film is directed by Chidananda S Naik, shot by Suraj Thakur, edited by Manoj V and sound by Abhishek Kadam.
  • It tells the story of an elderly woman who steals a village rooster, causing chaos and leading to her family's exile after a prophecy is invoked
  • ‘La Cinef’ is aimed at encouraging new talents and recognises films from film schools across the world.