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.