Berlin: A 28-year-old cinematographer from Kolkata, Modhura Palit, who teaches cinematography at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Itanagar, received the Angenieux Special Encouragement Award on Friday at Cannes Film Festival stage.
Instituted in memory of Pierre Angenieux, the founder of the French zoom lens manufacturing company Angenieux, Palit also received a high-end zoom lens from the company on loan.
Meghalaya filmmaker Dominic Sangma was also a part of La Fabrique Cinema programme at the festival market to support talented filmmakers from around the world.
With cinematographer Modhura Palit who has won the prestigious Angénieux special encouragement award was the only hope at Cannes from India. Angénieux is an iconic French company which manufactures high quality cinema lenses. It was founded in 1935. The company instituted the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award which is given to a renowned DOP – this year it’s Bruno Delbonnel.
Along with this, the company also highlighted the work of a young film professional. The Indian Women’s Cinematographers’ Collective sent in information about Modhura who won this year’s award. She will also get an opportunity to meet Delbonnel and use Angénieux technology for free in her next project.
She said it was like a fairytale come true! It’s wonderful to see young women like Modhura make a mark – especially in such a traditionally male field.
She was selected in a “programme designed for freshly graduated candidates with upto one to three years of independent experience”.
The award has recently started a new section to encourage young, aspiring cinematographers around the world. Chinese cinematographer Cecile Zhang became the first recipient of the prestigious award. Palit, being the second selection, will receive the award on 24 May this year.
Palit, an alumnus of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, has worked in critically acclaimed features, including Ami O Monohor (2018), The Paper Boy, Watchmaker and various other significant works.
An active part of the Indian Women Cinematographers’ Collective, Palit is ecstatic for the recognition within such a short span of her career.