Sonia Bajaj, who originally comes from Mumbai – the film capital of India – was brought into contact with films at an early age and always knew that she should become a filmmaker. She moved to the United States in early 2013 and began her filmmaking journey from there. Many of the films that Bajaj has worked on have won multiple awards at well-known film festivals in Germany and abroad. Bajaj has won 25 awards and 12 nominations to date.
“When I was growing up, I felt that there weren’t enough stories about women or films made by women. I saw this gap and decided to learn filmmaking. When I moved to the United States, I realized that this is a global problem. I didn’t have a film background, had no connections, and as a woman of color and a foreigner in the United States, that was more of a challenge for me. But I’ve always believed that when you turn your passion into a job, you enjoy what you do and do it well. That’s how I was inspired to pursue a career in filmmaking. “
Bajaj worked with Craig Miller Productions, a full service film production company in Atlanta, and made five short films – The perfect date, a trip to heaven, Remember that, Alone and If walls could talk in 2020 before countries around the world went on lockdown due to the pandemic. Post-production of the shorts was not an easy task as it took place virtually.
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“Every short film is different from the other because we jump back and forth between different genres. It was incredibly challenging finishing the films during the pandemic, and I thank all of my cast and crew for raising the productions to the highest standards. I am humble that our shorts have already won major awards. We are convinced that the films will continue to be successful as more film festivals prepare to open, ”says Bajaj.
Bajaj’s short film The perfect date, a romantic comedy has earned six wins and four nominations at previous festivals. The film has now been officially selected at the prestigious Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival in Canada and the San Diego International Film Festival, both Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Festivals, and a Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in Texas. The short film will also be screened at the Catalina Film Festival in September and at the Milledgeville Eatonton Film Festival in November.
There is no doubt that Bajaj has earned a reputation as an outstanding filmmaker and her work speaks for itself. Sonia is now preparing to make a feature film, Black rosethat will go into production in the coming months.