Indian Cinema Pavilion
Indian actress Sharmila Tagore with the International Jury Members at the 62nd Cannes
LocationCannes, France

The Cinema of India pavilion has garnered recognition at the Cannes Film Festival since its inception in 1946.[1][2] The 1946 social-realistic film Neecha Nagar became the first Indian film to gain recognition at the Cannes, after it was awarded Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, the festival's highest prize, at the first Cannes. In 1955, Baby Naaz receieved Special Mention (child actress) for her work in Boot Polish by Prakash Aurora.[3]

In 1956, Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali won the Best Human Document Award. In the same year Gotoma the Buddha by Rajbans Khanna, won Special mention for Best direction. In 1983 Mrinal Sen's directorial Kharij, won the Jury Prize. In 1988, Mira Nair's Oscar Nominated film Salaam Bombay! won the Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera"). In 1989, Shaji N. Karun's, Piravi has garnered the Caméra d'Or - Mention Spéciale. The 1999 film Marana Simhasanam directed by Murali Nair also received the Caméra d'Or.

On the occasion of 100 Years of Indian Cinema, India was the Official Guest Country at the 66th Cannes. The first Incredible India Exhibition, a joint participation of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Republic of India was inaugurated by Indian actor Chiranjeevi.[4][5][6]

Competitive Awards

Year Nominee(s)/recipient(s) Film Category Result Ref.
1946
(1st)
Chetan Anand Neecha Nagar Grand Prix du Festival International du Film Won [7]
1952
(5th)
V. Shantaram Amar Bhoopali Grand Prix Nominated [8]
1953
(6th)
Raj Kapoor Awaara Grand Prix Nominated [9]
1954
(7th)
Bimal Roy Do Bigha Zamin International Prize Won [1]
1955
(8th)
Baby Naaz Boot Polish Special Mention - Child Artist Won [10]
1956
(9th)
Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali Best Human Document Award Won [11]
1957
(10th)
Rajbans Khanna Gotoma the Buddha Special Mention (Short Film) - Director Won [12]
Palme d'Or (Short) Nominated
1958
(11th)
Satyajit Ray Parash Pathar Palme d'Or Nominated [13]
1962
(15th)
Satyajit Ray Devi Palme d'Or Nominated [14]
1974
(27th)
M. S. Sathyu Garm Hava Grand Prix du Festival International du Film Nominated [9]
1983
(36th)
Mrinal Sen Kharij Jury Prize Won [15]
Palme d'Or Nominated [15]
1984
(37th)
Satyajit Ray Ghare Baire Palme d'Or Nominated [16]
1988
(41st)
Mira Nair Salaam Bombay! Caméra d'Or
Audience Award
Won [17]
1989
(42nd)
Shaji N. Karun Piravi Caméra d'Or — Mention Spéciale Won [18]
1991
(44th)
Deepa Mehta Sam & Me Caméra d'Or — Mention Spéciale Won [19][20]
Aribam Syam Sharma Ishanou Un Certain Regard Award Nominated [21]
1994
(47th)
Shaji N. Karun Swaham Palme d'Or Nominated [22]
Sandip Ray Uttoran Un Certain Regard Award Nominated [23]
1999
(52nd)
Murali Nair Marana Simhasanam Caméra d'Or Won [24]
2002
(55th)
Manish Jha A Very Very Silent Film Jury Prize (Short Film) Won [25]
2006
(61st)
Gitanjali Rao Printed Rainbow Grand Rail d’Or Audience Award
Kodak Discovery Award
Young Critics Award for Best Short Film
Won [26]
2013
(66th)
Ritesh Batra The Lunchbox Grand Rail d’Or Audience Award Won [27]
Karan Johar Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh
(Bombay Talkies)
Queer Palm Nominated [28]
2014
(67th)
Kanu Behl Titli Caméra d'Or Nominated [29]
2015
(68th)
Neeraj Ghaywan Masaan FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)
Prix de l'Avenir (Un Certain Regard)
Won [30][31]
Gurvinder Singh Chauthi Koot Un Certain Regard Award Nominated [32]
2016
(69th)
Shirley Abraham
Amit Madheshiya
The Cinema Travelers L'Œil d'or Special Mention Won [33]
2018
(71st)
Nandita Das Manto Un Certain Regard Award Nominated [34]
2020
(73rd)
Ashmita Guha Neogi CatDog Cinéfondation Premier Prix Won [35]
2021
(74th)
Payal Kapadia A Night of Knowing Nothing Golden Eye Won [36]
Caméra d'Or Nominated
2022
(75th)
Shaunak Sen All That Breathes Golden Eye Won [37]
2024
(77th)
Payal Kapadia All We Imagine as Light Palme d'Or Pending [38]


Technical Awards

Year Nominee(s)/recipient(s) Craft Category Result Ref.
1952
(5th)
V. Shantaram Direction Technical Grand Prize Won [39]
2019
(72nd)
Modhura Palit Cinematography Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography
Special Encouragement Award
Won [40]

Indian Jury Members at Cannes

Year Name Note(s)
35th Mrinal Sen[41][42] Director
43rd Mira Nair[41][42] Director
53rd Arundhati Roy[41][42] Writer
56th Aishwarya Rai Bachchan[41][42] Actress
58th Nandita Das[41][42] Actress and Director
62nd Sharmila Tagore[41][42] Actress
63rd Shekhar Kapur[41][42] Director
66th Vidya Balan[41][42] Actress
75th Deepika Padukone[41][42] Actress

Special Events and Honors

Satyajit Ray's works Pather Panchali, Charulata, and Pratidwandi have been part of the Cannes Classics.[43]

Hommage à Satyajit Ray (1982)

At the 35th Cannes, Satyajit Ray received the 35th Anniversary Trophy signed by Igor Mitoraj, and an Hommage à Satyajit Ray was hosted in his honour.[44]

Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (2007)

Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) began in 2005 to showcase films from a variety of different countries.[45][46] At the 60th Cannes, the first two days of this program held during 19 May to 25 May 2007 featured special screening of Indian films; Saira (2005), Missed Call (2005), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Dosar (2006), Veyil (2006), Guru (2007), Goal (2007), and Dharm (2007).[47]

Official Guest Country (2013)

India was the Official Guest Country at the 66th Cannes.[48] The event featured special screening of Indian films; Bombay Talkies (Gala screenings), Monsoon Shootout (Midnight screenings), Charulata (Cannes classics), Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (Beach screenings), The Lunchbox (Critic's week), Ugly (Director's fortnight), Eega (Film market), and Tau Seru (Shorts).[49][50]

Country of Honor - Marché du Film (2022)

On the occasion of 75 years of diplomatic ties between India and France, India was announced as the Official Country of Honour at the 2022 Cannes Film Market.[51][52] The first of its kind event featured special beach screenings of Six Indian feature films; Pratidwandi (1970), Godavari (2021), Alpha Beta Gamma (2021), Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022), Dhuin (2022), Boomba Ride (2022), and Nirae Thathakalulla Maramy (2022).[53]

Under the Goes to Cannes Section; five parallel films were featured in the Work in Progress Lab - Baghjan by Jaicheng Jai Dohutia; Bailadila by Shailendra Sahu; Ek Jagah Apni (A Space of Our Own) by Ektara Collective; Follower by Harshad Nalawade; Shivamma by Jai Shankar.[51] In addition, India - Content Hub of the World Pavilion was inaugurated at the venue on 18 May 2022.[51][52][53]

Cannes XR

Cannes XR is a program from the Marché du Film dedicated to immersive technologies and cinematographic content

World Classic (2023)

In 2023, Ishanou (Meitei for 'The Chosen One'), a 1990 Meitei language film, was recognised as a "World Classic" by the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and it was the only film selected from India for the event for that year.[56][57][58] In the past, it was featured in the Un Certain Regard section of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.[21]

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See also

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