Conceived and designed since 2014, Versova Films is run by Loubna Régragui, film director and film preservationist (in other words, film curator).
Loubna Régragui is an independent filmmaker and film preservationist 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 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 Creative Services (USA) and Haghefilm Foundation (Netherlands) on film preservation programs and many prestigious restoration projects.
In India, Loubna set up the “Film Educational Program for Film Heritage”, the first major program specially tailored for sensitizing the future generation of filmmakers to the importance of film preservation, in partnership with the FTII (Film & Television Institute of India) and the NFAI (National Film Archive of India) in Pune. Shortly after that, she curated the “IFFI Goa Film Treasures”, the new section dedicated to classics within and in collaboration with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 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 gained production experience working on her first feature-length film made, for the silver screen, 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 traveled extensively and has lived and worked in USA, Sweden and in Netherlands.
Her debut film The Nine Lakh Stars had its world premiere at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam (IFFR 2022).
Her areas of expertise include:
– 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
– contemporary auteur cinema
In particular, Loubna graduated in Modern Literature as well as in Education at Sorbonne University, in Translation (American English / French) at Paris 8 University and specialized in creative documentary filmmaking at Ateliers Varan in Paris and at the Documentary School of Lussas.