Director Moumita Mondal is elated, and she has a reason to be. Her Bengali debut short film, Fruit Of Thy Labour, has entered the 2015 Cannes' Short Films corner, a rare achievement for any debutant director.Moumita (better known as MouMo), however, won't be able to make it to the screening of her film at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, being held from May 13-24. "I will be travelling for my office work and hence wouldn't be able to make it to Cannes. Our producer Debasish Dutta will be at Cannes for the screening," she says. MouMo, however, doesn't know on which date her 20-minute short film will be screened at Cannes. "The society often associates a person's social status with his or her job. My film tries to highlight the issue," says MouMo.
Meanwhile, actor and director Arindam Sil will be travelling to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time ever as a delegate of the West Bengal government. The Ebar Shabor director will travel to the French Riviera on May 18 and return on May 24. Sil is part of the International Relations Committee of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). "I am excited. As a filmmaker it's been a dream to travel to three festivals -- Cannes, Venice and Berlin--and now my dream is coming true. In 2014, KIFF became competitive and a new category, International Competition (for women film director), was introduced. We screened 15 films made by women directors from across the globe. In 2015, the opening film at Cannes is French director Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall (La Tête Haute). I am planning to meet filmmakers and dignitaries there. Let's see if we can bring some of the films, which have been selected at Cannes to KIFF in 2015," says Sil.