Rao will receive the award at a ceremony on August 8 in Locarno’s Piazza Grande, followed by the screening of his animated short “Printed Rainbow”, organizers said in a statement posted on the festival’s official website.
Organizers said Rao is known as a director and animator whose works “mark a new path for animated storytelling by poetically blending the artistic gesture of hand drawing with new technologies.”
Rao’s ‘Printed Rainbow’ won three awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and his feature debut ‘Bombay Rose’ (2019) was the first Indian animated film ever selected to open Venice Critics’ Week.
His 2021 short “Tomorrow My Love” had served as the opening film of the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival.
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Giona A Nazzaro, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, hailed Rao as “one of the most unique and original voices from the Indian continent in recent years”.
“To honor her with the Locarno Kids Awards la Mobilière is to reward the talent of an innovative and original artist whose work has attracted the attention of the world public in just a few years, while celebrating the best of contemporary creation” , he added.
The Locarno Film Festival 2022 will take place this year from August 3 to 13.