Meet Avinash Vasu, whose short film Lost and Found will compete at the Cannes Short Film Corner
Pune-based Avinash Vasu’s 30th short film, Lost and Found, has been selected into the Festival de Cannes — Court Metrage, Short Film Corner.
Set in Mumbai city, Lost and Found is the story of a boy struggling to find his identity. His father does not believe that his son will amount to much, but a simple twist of fate connects the boy with something that will mark the beginning of a journey towards his true passion. In the process, he finds many more answers than he was searching for.
Says Vasu, “The journey of the boy in the film is very much like my own journey till now. I have also struggled to find my passion. I also faced hurdles. But it did not stop me from chasing my dreams. Hence being my 30th film, it is very close to my heart,” says the excited filmmaker.
The 20-minute long film will be screened along with 2,000 other entries from all over the world.
Stills from the film Lost and Found
Vasu admits that he was always fascinated by the idea of film festivals and particularly Cannes. Calling it some sort of mutual connection with France, he had decided to take this film there. “I love the idea of film festivals, be it the Pune International Film Festival or Cannes. It’s just that Indian festivals are not as well-organised as the global ones. Even before filming, it was my target to get this film to Cannes and now I have achieved it. Getting a formal invitation from them is such an honour. I am looking forward to meeting and rubbing shoulders with global filmmakers. As short films don’t fetch you money, I am looking forward for recognition,” says Vasu.
Another highlight of the film is that it has received voice narration from actor Boman Irani. Vasu reminisces, “While shooting in Mumbai, my crew was getting ready in a salon where Boman was also present. He heard us talking about this film and somehow found the topic interesting. He asked me about the film and to our surprise he was keen to be associated with it. Of course, we were more than happy to get him and hence, decided to have his narrative voice for the film. He liked the end-product and wished us luck.”