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We are an award-winning, next-generation trans-led film production company with a primary focus on creating and curating narratives that are brown, queer and women-led. Based in Mumbai (India), we are a small team of dedicated and bold creatives looking to the future of filmmaking, with cultural awareness and integrity, and above all, a love for the medium of film.

Founded in 2019 by Asawari Jagushte and Varsha Panikar, Star Hopper was born out of the need to create a film culture, a space, a new digital landscape for filmmakers, technicians and talent from South Asian LGBTQIA++ and underrepresented communities to thrive and flourish. Working at the intersection of film and culture, we care about how films affect culture and vice versa. We believe in the power and magic of storytelling and serve to tell inspiring and impact driven stories from an intersectional and cross-cultural lens.

about.

culture. craft. authenticity.

mission.

 

Welcome to Star Hopper! Our purpose goes beyond just creating films – we're on a mission to cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment within the filmmaking industry. As a trans and queer owned business, we're passionately committed to nurturing a safe and empowering space for LGBTQIA++ individuals and underrepresented voices to share their unique stories. Through authentic storytelling, we strive to not only challenge norms but also amplify marginalized perspectives.

Join us on our journey to forge a more inclusive and sensitised future for Indian filmmaking. Every voice holds immense value at Star Hopper, as we continue crafting powerful narratives that not only resonate globally but also celebrate the beauty of diversity and intersectionality.

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why star hopper?

 

Well, we consider ourselves explorers hopping through the cosmos, dreaming up tomorrows, and searching for meaning, for the unknown, for anything new, really! More importantly, for us, space is inherently queer, countercultural, and the ultimate reminder that we don’t know much about anything. It goes beyond all human comprehension and cannot be confined to pre-existing notions. Knowing that we, perhaps, hold the power to rearrange and rewrite everything we know to build better futures lends a certain comfort and freedom.

 

Will we ever inhabit such a space?

 

We don’t know. But we can hope, and we can surely try. So that’s what we do.

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services.

services.

At Star Hopper, we specialise in creating impactful narratives that push boundaries of storytelling and visual aesthetics. Our dedication has been recognised at the prestigious Spikes Asia Awards, where we received Silver and Bronze accolades and were the sole contender from India for the Spike Glass nomination. From documentaries to music videos, branded content to experimental works, our team adds authenticity, quality writing, and craft to every project.

 

With our finger on the pulse of changing global politics and technology, we collaborate with culture-forward labels, brands, agencies, clients, and various arts, culture, and social organisations both in and outside of India. We aim to work with partners who share our commitment to equitable authorship, authenticity, and meaningful cultural engagement.

Our works have found a home on platforms like Nowness Asia, Nowness, Directors Notes, Disney+Star, Disney+Hotstar. We have created award-winning works that have travelled over many film festivals, screenings, and events around the world. These collaborations reflect our commitment to crafting stories that transcend boundaries and amplify diverse voices. We add value to every stage of the production process, from concept to delivery, and believe we can make every idea better, together.

Our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration is vividly demonstrated by our extensive partnerships with artists and organisations worldwide. Leveraging innovative technologies such as open-source platforms, AI, AR, and VR we are dedicated to redefining traditional artistic norms and innovative storytelling techniques, reinforcing our role as pioneers in the evolution of visual narrative.

In addition to our film work, we proactively promote diversity and inclusivity in the industry through various workshops and programmes. These include storybuilding, theatre, and gaming-based mental health workshops, film crew sensitisation, and gender and diversity sensitisation both on and off-set. As a trans and minority-owned business, we understand the importance of inclusivity. Our mission extends beyond film to fostering equity and inclusiveness in the corporate realm, exemplified by our DEI workshop module, "Dear Utopia."

Film Development

Creative Producing

Line Production for International Productions

Post Production & Animation

Story Building Workshops

Casting

Film Production

Co-Production

Screenplay

Promotional Video Production

Inter-disciplinary Collaboration

Diversity Equity Inclusion Workshops

Content Development

Script Consultaion

Copywriting

Film Based workshops

Curation

Gender & Diversity Sensitisation for other Film Productions

team.

culture | craft | authenticity

At Star Hopper, we are a small yet bold ensemble of multifaceted professionals hailing from diverse backgrounds. What unites us is a collective passion for the art of storytelling. With a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, we have honed our craft across various genres – from documentaries to music videos, and from branded content to compelling narrative films.

As a forward-thinking company, we embrace a culture of inclusivity, ensuring that our teams are sensitised to the diversity of perspectives. Our commitment extends beyond the final product – we deeply care about the impact we create, both during the filmmaking process and when our works reach audiences worldwide.

“Words Of Pride wins a Silver and Bronze at the Spikes Asia Awards, and also stood out with a Spike Glass nomination, marking us as the sole contender from India in this category."
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contact.

contact.

Star Hopper values the importance of fostering meaningful connections with our partners, collaborators, and audiences. If you have a project brief or are interested in potential partnership, we invite you to reach out to us at starhopper.in@gmail.com

 

We're always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team on a freelance basis, regardless of your location around the world. If you're a filmmaker, technician, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Share your resume, showreel, a brief bio, and and line or two about why you'd like to work with us. For performer, artist or talent, write to us at starhoppercasting@gmail.com. We particularly encourage BIPOC GSM, Queer, Trans, GNC, and Women filmmakers and artists to apply.

Rest assured, our team is committed to responding promptly to all inquiries. If your matter requires urgent attention, please indicate so in your communication. We eagerly look forward to the opportunity of connecting with you and exploring potential avenues for collaboration.

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