Pune student’s film bags jury award at Kyoto
His film Chumbak has recently won the Special Jury Award at the 15th Kyoto International Student Film and Video Festival, Japan. Of the 250 entries selected, Shimpi’s film won top honours. This is the first year that a film from the FTII has won an award at the Kyoto festival.
Chumbak is the story of a 10-year-old boy, Dinu, who is unable to connect with the people around him and is fascinated by magnets. One day he goes to his father’s factory to give him his lunch box and a sequence of events follow. A group of boys take away Dinu’s magnets on the way back.
The film takes a different turn where a saddened Dinu meets a shepherd who transforms a piece of iron into a magnet. The incident changes the little boy’s perception towards society and tries to connect with them.
Chumbak is his journey from the disconnected to the connected,” says Shimpi, a graduate in mass communication who joined