FTII Student Selected at Prestigious Cannes Film Festival with the Film 'Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know'

FTII student Aditya Kashap's graduation film was selected for the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Competition, showcasing his exceptional talent and making FTII proud. The film explores the complexities of a rural family's struggle with loss and grief.

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A Triumph for Indian Cinema


A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, has brought honor to the nation by being selected at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival 2023. Malavika Rajendra, a documentary filmmaking student, will showcase her short film, titled 'Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know,' in the competition section of the festival.

About the Film

'Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know' is a poignant and evocative documentary that delves into Malavika's personal experiences navigating the complexities of illness, grief, and the search for meaning in life. Through intimate archival footage and insightful interviews, the film offers a raw and authentic perspective on the human condition.


Malavika Rajendra's Journey

Malavika Rajendra's selection at Cannes is a testament to her exceptional talent and dedication to filmmaking. A former nurse, her passion for storytelling led her to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking at FTII. Her previous works have received accolades at notable film festivals worldwide.

Representing India on the Global Stage


Malavika's film will not only showcase her artistic prowess but also serve as a platform for Indian cinema to shine on the global stage. Her selection at Cannes underlines the growing prominence and excellence of Indian filmmakers internationally.

Supporting the Future of Filmmaking

The selection of 'Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know' at Cannes provides a valuable opportunity for FTII to showcase its commitment to nurturing aspiring filmmakers. The institute's world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities have produced a diverse array of talented artists who have gone on to make significant contributions to the film industry.

A Moment of Pride for India

Malavika Rajendra's selection at Cannes is a moment of great pride for India. Her accomplishment not only reflects her brilliance but also the resilience and creativity of the nation's filmmaking community. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Malavika and wish her success at this prestigious film festival.

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