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As of 2021, a new award has been added to the Locarno Film Festival's list of honors: the Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliare, given to someone capable of bringing cinema to younger viewers.
For its second edition, the Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliare will be awarded to Gitanjali Rao, a director and animator whose works are marking a new path for animated storytelling by poetically blending the artistic gesture of hand drawing with new technologies. The award ceremony on Monday, August 8 in Piazza Grande will be followed by a screening of her animated short film Printed Rainbow, winner of three awards at the 2006 Cannes Semaine de la Critique and later shortlisted for the 2008 Oscars. Gitanjali Rao opened the 74th Locarno Film Festival with the short film Tomorrow My Love, while her latest feature, Bombay Rose, a poignant fable about the value of freedom presented at the International Critic’s Week at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, is the first Indian animated film to be released on Netflix.