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Indian films Sunflowers were the first to know and Bunnyhood win first and third prize at Cannes Film Festival’s La Cinef | Bollywood News

In a big win for India at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Chidananda S Naik’s Sunflowers Were the First to Know… won the first prize at La Cinef on Thursday.

The Mysuru doctor-turned-filmmaker made the film at the end of his one-year course at the television wing of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Sunflowers… is based on a Kannada folk tale about an old woman who steals a rooster.


The third prize in the La Cinef competition went to the animated film Bunnyhood, by Mansi Maheshwari. Meerut-born Maheshwari, a NIFT Delhi alumnus, made the film when he was a student at the UK’s National Film and Television School.

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Second prize was shared by Out of the Widow Through the Wall, directed by Asya Segalovich of Columbia University, and The Chaos She Left Behind, made by Nikos Kolioukos of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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The Cannes Festival grants a subsidy of 15,000 euros to the first prize, 11,250 euros to the finalist and 7,500 euros to the third prize.

The award-winning films will be screened at the Cinema du Pantheon on June 3 and at the MK2 Quai de Seine on June 4.

The first prize for Naik is India’s second in five years. In 2020, Ashmita Guha Neogi, also of FTII, won the award for her film CatDog.

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