Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

The Candy Tree

Bariq - ages 4+

Somnath Pal / Short Narrative / India / 2012 / 6 min / Colour / DigiBeta
In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Interests: Animation, Comedy, Youth
Gulf Premiere


A little boy saves his last candy and plants it in the back yard, but the years go by and nothing grows from this unusual seed. As an old man, he still casts a glance at the barren spot from time to time, laughing at his childish attempt to grow a candy tree. And yet, somehow dreams do come true, even though grown-ups may have lost the imagination to see them.

About the Directors

Born and raised in Lucknow, India, Somnath Pal graduated as an electrical engineer. His love for drawing and his urge to tell stories pulled him into animation. Inspired by visual artists such as Koji Yamamura, Borge Ring and Michael Dudok de Wit, Somnath obtained a Masters degree in Design at IDC, IIT Bombay. ‘The Candy Tree’ was part of his graduation programme.


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Sales Company
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Production Company
IDC, IIT Bombay

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