Payal Kapadia

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Payal Kapadia's All We Imagine As Light (2024)
The film scripted history for India by winning the Grand Prix

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A brief biography

Payal Kapadia

Born in Mumbai in 1986

Payal Kapadia is...

This list of award winners at the 2024 Festival de Cannes indicates the status of the Grand Prix. It ranks below only the Palme D’Or but above Best Director, not to mention the Jury Prize and Camera d’Or, which were the best prizes that Indians had won till then. It is placed a whole tier above Camera d’Or

Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai-based filmmaker and artist Who has won more and higher awards at the Cannes Film Festival than any other Indian.

She studied Film Direction at the Film & Television Institute of India.

Payal's work

Her work deals with that which is not easily visible, hidden somewhere in the folds of memory and dreams. It is between minor, ephemeral feminine gestures where she tries to find the truth that makes up her practice.

The Last Mango Before Monsoon 2015 Kapadia’s experimental short The Last Mango Before Monsoon was premiered at Oberhausen International Film Festival (2015), where she was awarded FIPRESCI award and Special Jury Prize.

Afternoon Clouds 2017 Her much acclaimed short film was India’s sole official selection in Cannes Film Festival, 2017, in Cinefondation section. Dopahar Ke Badal / Afternoon Clouds | Payal Kapadia (short)

Director Payal Kapadia’s A Night Of Knowing Nothing 2021 won the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) award for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film Festival

And what was the Summer Saying 2018 Her experimental short had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (2018). It also received the Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam IDFA (2018) and the Pramod Pati Best Experimental Film Prize at the Mumbai International Film festival (2020).

All We Imagine as Light Payal worked on making her first feature film All We Imagine as Light which she developed at the Cinefondation Cannes Residency in Paris (2019-20). She received the Hubert Bals Script and Development Fund as well as the CICLIC Development fund for this project.



2014 Watermelon, Fish and Half Ghost Director Short film

2015 Afternoon Clouds Director Writer

2017 The Last Mango Before the Monsoon Director Writer Editor

2018 And What is the Summer Saying † Director Writer

2021 A Night of Knowing Nothing Director Writer

2024 All We Imagine as Light Director Writer


2021 A Little Late with Lilly Singh TV Series

2021 To Dine For with Kate Sullivan TV Series

2022 Bollywood, NYC (USA) documentary Actress

2022 The School of Greatness Podcast Series Guest

2022 Dhar Mann TV Series Actress

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