BSc Films & TV Production programme student at LPU Loveena Bagga’s short film ‘The Traveller’ has been awarded at 8th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival (MSIFF), in Mumbai. 200+ Short Films of 25+ countries including the USA, UK, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Italy, South Korea, China, Brazil, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Romania, Iran and many more were in competition. Scripted and directed by Loveena, ‘The Traveller’ has won Honourable Jury Mention award in Student Category. JIFF (Jaipur International Film Festival) has also awarded ‘The Traveller’ and ranked it among the top six Short Fiction films across the world.
Jury Members were distinguished Director, Actor, Film-Researcher and Academician from Italy, Chile, Congo, and India among the presence of many members of The Indian Motion Picture Association (IIMPA). Chief Adviser at MSIFF, Dr DC Singh and Festival Director Rambhul Singh awarded the Certificate of Excellence to the Director and Producer of the winning film in Mumbai. Producer and Production House for the awarded short film is LPU.
The story of the film ‘The Traveller’ is very unique. It conveys a message to lessen the issue of emerging divorce cases world-wide, through pre-marriage thoughtful considerations for a long-lasting mutual understanding. The main character of the film is a travel-loving man. He entices a woman admirer of him by narrating her enchanting travels’ tales of his excursions. Falling in love, both get married without prioritizing other considerations. The man continues with his passion for travelling and a woman with hers. It results in separation soon. When they meet again after a long gap of years, both of them no doubt realize their mistakes. However, under the worldly circumstances, it was too late to get united again.
Congratulating Loveena, who at present is an alumna of LPU, Chancellor Ashok Mittal laid emphasis on the needs of the commercial short film industry through talented young students in India. Through these short films, students can solve out any emerging problems in the country and the world. Mr Mittal also informed that LPU School of Journalism and Film Production provides practical-oriented studies to students. Availing the chances of training as part of their curriculum, students work on innovative thoughts and win prestigious ranks and awards, like this, in global competitions. Even, LPU students’ works have earned great recognition at India’s most coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festivals, many a time.
MSIFF is a progressive cinema movement in consultation with senior industry members to highlight the short cinema. Its editions witnesses the great participation & enthusiasm from filmmakers & industry professionals from India & abroad. The objective of the festival is to contribute towards the development of upcoming filmmakers & to create short films culture in India. It also provides professional networking & current trends of cinema to the participants.