Printed Rainbow

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    Printed Rainbow

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    15 min

    • No dialogue

    Animation, Short

    Outside it rains, on a city of skyscrapers, the greys linger mournfully on every daily scene, busy roads, tired mothers and little children who have no place to play. Meanwhile an old woman and her cat rummage through their collection of match- boxes. Together they escape into a world of colour, and travel to distant lands and distant times, racing with the wind and skipping on the bright horizons of a village dawn. Riding happily on a printed rainbow. Influenced by the vibrant folk art styles of India, Gitanjali Rao explores the theme of magical realism through the medium of animation. The film tells a story of the dreariness of urban life and the escape into an imagined world of curiosity and colour.


    • Kodak Discovery Award, Cannes Young Critic's Award, Cannes Rail D'or - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Grand Prix - Tokyo Short Shorts



    Gitanjali Rao
    Gitanjali Rao


    Carving her own niche in a country dominated by Bollywood and other mainstream cinema, Gitanjali Rao has garnered acclaim for her award-winning animation films.

    Nyay Bhushan, Hollywood Reporter

    Gitanjali Rao

    Gitanjali Rao


    Gitanjali Rao graduated with honours as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art in Mumbai, in 1994. She is a self taught animator, filmmaker, illustrator, teacher and theatre artist. Gitanjali’s short animation film PRINTED RAINBOW, won three Awards for the best short film at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2006. It was also shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 2008, on top of winning 25 International Awards and travelling to over a hundred Intl. festivals. Gitanjali was a member of the jury in the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2011. Her feature project GIRGIT was selected at Cinemas du Monde in 2011. Her new animated short film TRUELOVESTORY also premiered at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2014, after winning the Golden Conch for best-animated short at the (Mumbai) MIFF 2014.

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