Conceived and designed since 2014, Versova Films is run by Loubna Régragui, film director and film preservationist.
Loubna Régragui is an independent film preservationist and filmmaker with over twenty years’ experience in an international, multicultural professional environment.
Cinema being her greatest passion, Loubna followed specific professional trainings in film preservation : the European training program ARCHIMEDIA for the Promotion of Film Heritage (initial training and seminars) and in 2004, she graduated from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum (Rochester, USA) where she had the opportunity to work on the private film collection of Martin Scorsese.
Since then, Loubna has collaborated with leading film archives (USA, Europe) and with specialized film laboratories such as Technicolor (USA) and Haghefilm Foundation (Netherlands) on film preservation programs and many prestigious restoration projects.
In 2007, Loubna set up the “Film Educational Program for Film Heritage” in India, the first major program specially tailored for sensitizing the future generation of filmmakers to the importance of film preservation. A few months later, she curated the “IFFI Goa Film Treasures”, the new section dedicated to classics within and in collaboration with the International Film Festival of India in Goa.
Because Loubna has always believed in the active participation of film directors in the process of film preservation, she has fostered an ongoing dialogue with cinema personalities from the film industry.
Loubna specialized in creative documentary filmmaking in France at Ateliers Varan (Paris) through a practical training in “confronting documentary writing to editing”. Her film project was then selected for the Scriptwriting Residency/Training Program at the Documentary School in Lussas and awarded a grant from the Fund for Emerging Talents (région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France) in 2014.
Loubna gained production experience working on her first feature film made as an homage to the finest poet of Indian cinema, Mani Kaul. In that purpose, Loubna has lived and worked in Bombay (in the culturally cool Versova neighbourhood) for some years. Before that, she has also lived and worked in USA, Sweden and in Netherlands.
In particular, Loubna studied Modern Literature and Education at Sorbonne University and Translation (American English / French) at Paris 8 University.
Her work and research interests focus on:
– auteur cinema
– the cinema of Mani Kaul and Indian independent cinema since early 1970s
– film color processes and history of film technology
– language of cinema
– literature and cinema