Modhura Palit

Director of Photography

Let’s meet the real me

Cinema is something I love and I want to spend the rest of my life with this ; getting closer; making it more intimate.
As an entertainment professional based in Kolkata and Mumbai, I’m always looking for the next opportunity to collaborate with others through my work. I’ve worked in many different areas and on amazing projects since starting out in 2012, and I’m always looking for exciting new opportunities that force me to think outside the box and use my creativity in new ways.


About Me

How it all started

I studied cinematography from Satyajit Ray film and Television Institute; one of the premier film schools of the country. I am also a member of Indian Women Cinematographers Collective (IWCC) and Eastern India Cinematographers Association (EICA). I love playing with light and images and try to tell a story with my craft. 



Awards and Accolades

PESGSPC" Honorary Membership for the Outstanding Contribution to International Art Photography by Cyprus Pascal English School and Greek School Photography Club and the PESGSPC Grand Progress Award "GPA - By FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique)

PESGCPC Grand Progress Award

Was a fellow of AFA 2015. Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program hosted by Busan International Film Festival, Dongseo University and Busan Film Commission to foster young Asian talents and build their networks throughout Asia. Over the past 10 years, 241 alumni from 29 countries have been standing out in filmmaking field all over the Asia and in the prestigious festivals throughout the world.
The promising fellows from all over Asia participate in various AFA programs, including short film production, workshops, and master classes. The two short films completed by the fellows are officially presented at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. While participating in the programs, the fellows rediscover themselves and share their passion towards films which goes far beyond the differences in their experiences and cultural backgrounds.

Asian Film Academy
Looking China 
Youth Film 

Participated as representing India as Part of the global Looking China 2015 Youth film Project. Travelled to China and Directed, Shot, Edited, and Produced a short documentary in a 18 day time frame. Made as a film to explore China and Chinese culture, the film received 2nd Runner up award. The project is organised by AICCC and Beijing Normal University in association with Ghizhou University. Was part of the 10 member Indian team as one of the 100 filmmakers from all over the globe.

Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography

The Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography ceremony at the Festival de Cannes recognised the work of young and upcoming cinematographer Modhura Palit through the prestigious Angenieux Special Encouragement Award, which was given to Cecile Zhang from China in 2018. In 2019 in a similar vein for India; Modhura Palit, the cinematographer based in Kolkata, is the recipient of the Angenieux Special Encouragement award, making her the first Indian — and first Indian woman — to be recognised in this category.




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  • Cinematographer Modhura Palit lives the Cannes dream back home too

    Her selection and journey to the most coveted Cannes has been like a dream. Modhura Palit, the 28-year-old Kolkata girl, has become the first Indian to have received the 2019 Angenieux Special Encouragement at the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens... More

  • At Cannes, Modhura Palit gets India its moment in the sun

    India had a brief moment in the sun at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday night when the young Indian director of photography, Modhura Palit, was given a special encouragement award during the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography... More

  • Cinematographer Modhura Palit on being the first Indian to receive the Angenieux award at Cannes

    2018 was a landmark year in cinema for young artists behind the camera: The Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography ceremony at the Festival de Cannes recognised the work of young and upcoming cinematographers for the first time through the prestigious Angenieux Special Encouragement Award... More

  • A gaze of her own | Cinema

    With no films at Cannes this year, the current state of Indian cinema is lamentable, but its future, the film festival signalled, might indeed be bright. All of 28, Kolkata-based cinematographer Modhura Palit was handpicked by Angénieux... More

  • Depth of field

    When Modhura Palit received an email from the Cannes Film Festival notifying her that she’d won the second Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography Special Encouragement award — the first Indian to do so... More

  • Making waves at Cannes Film Festival

    Although this year’s Cannes Film Festival wasn’t a huge affair as far as Indian films are concerned, 28-year-old Modhura Palit, a Kolkata-based cinematographer, made waves by becoming the first Indian to receive the Angenieux Special Encouragement Award... More

  • Breaking Into a Male Bastion: Meet Modhura Palit, the Cinematographer Who Created History at Cannes!

    Modhura Palit was at a shoot when an email flashed on her mobile screen. She ignored it, thinking it was spam and continued filming.

    It wasn’t until the members of Indian Women Cinematographers’ Collective reprimanded her for not responding to the email that she realised what she had received... More

  • Cannes 2019 diary: Kolkata filmmaker Modhura Palit on meeting French cinematographer Bruno Delbonne

    THIS YEAR’S CANNES Film Festival made it to social media timelines for a number of reasons. And, if city girl Modhura Palit wasn’t one of those reasons, you might just be hooked onto on the wrong radar... More

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