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Welcome to Star Hopper's Policy Page!

At Star Hopper, we are committed to fostering an diverse, inclusive and equitable environment within the filmmaking industry. As a trans and queer owned business, we recognize the importance of creating a safe and empowering space for LGBTQIA++ individuals and other underrepresented voices, where their stories can be told authentically and with integrity.

Our policies reflect our core values and dedication to nurturing this safe and empowering space for LGBTQIA++ individuals and other underrepresented voices. They emphasize inclusivity, diversity, and equity in every aspect of our services and productions.

Join us on this journey as we work towards a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse future, one frame at a time. Every voice matters at Star Hopper, and together, we can make a meaningful impact in the world of Indian filmmaking. Let's continue to craft powerful stories that reflect the beauty of our differences and the strength of unity.


Thank you for being a part of our vision for a better future for all.

Yours queerly,

Star Hopper


DEI Policies For Film Productions


1: Anti-Discrimination & Zero Tolerance for Bullying and Abuse

  • Harassment and Discrimination: Harassment, discrimination, or mistreatment based on the intersection of one's identity, like and not limited to - gender, sexuality, or gender expression, including sexism, disability, caste, class, ethnicity, religion, transphobia, femmephobia, or hate speech, is strictly prohibited, and will not be tolerated. Violation of this policy will result in immediate removal from the set and the project.

  • Respecting Pronouns: Everyone on set must respect the chosen pronouns of each individual. Pronoun tags will be provided on sets to facilitate learning and promoting awareness of varying gender identities among colleagues. We recommend you mention your pronouns along with the your names for professional meetings and interaction online.

  • No Tolerance Policy: We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of bullying. Additionally, any form of excessive anger or physical abuse will not be tolerated.

2: Language and Communication Guidelines

  • Gender-Neutral Language: We encourage the use of gender-neutral language to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for all team members. Avoid using gendered terms like 'SIR/MADAM' and address people by their names instead.

  • Name and Pronoun Records: The production team will maintain a record of chosen names and correct pronouns for personnel and administrative purposes, ensuring the use of appropriate terms whenever possible.

  • Inclusive Communication: We will strive to create an inclusive communication environment where everyone can effectively participate and engage. This includes using clear and direct communication, offering alternative methods of communication if needed, and being receptive to different communication styles.

  • Online Behaviour Expectation: All interactions conducted online, including emails, messages, and social media posts, must adhere to respectful and inclusive language, promoting a positive atmosphere for everyone.

  • In-Person Behaviour Expectation: We expect all individuals participating in our workshops, casting sessions, and other offline services to demonstrate respect, inclusivity, and professionalism at all times.

3: Inclusivity and Diversity

  • Welcoming Environment: The production team is committed to ensuring that every person on set feels welcomed and not subjected to discrimination based on gender, class, caste, community, religion, sexuality, gender expression, or any other reason.

  • Gender Balance: We strive to maintain a gender-balanced team of cast and crew, with a particular emphasis on celebrating and representing individuals from the LGBTQIA++ and other underrepresented communities both behind and in front of the camera.

  • Inclusive Casting and Representation: We are committed to trans-inclusive and diverse casting that reflects the LGBTQIA++ community and avoids tokenism. We are committed to representing LGBTQIA++ characters and underrepresented communities authentically, and underrepresented communities in all projects, ensuring they are not stereotyped or reduced to one-dimensional portrayals.

  • Diverse Hiring Practices: We strive to hire diverse talent both in front of and behind the camera. We encourage the inclusion of LGBTQIA++ individuals in all roles, including writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, art directors and other crew members.

  • Freelance Opportunities: As we hire on a freelance basis, we welcome filmmakers, technicians, talents, and artists from across the world to apply. We especially encourage BIPOC GSM, queer, trans, GNC, and women filmmakers and artists to join our team.

  • Equal Opportunity: At Star Hopper, we believe in equal opportunities for all. All applicants will be given fair consideration and evaluated based on their skills, qualifications, and alignment with the project's requirements. We do not discriminate based on gender, sexuality, race, religion, caste, class, or any other characteristic. Our hiring decisions prioritize talent, creativity, and expertise. We actively seek individuals who bring unique perspectives and ideas to our projects.

  • Support and Resources: We understand that not all individuals have the same access to experience in film productions or the resources to learn filmmaking skills. To nurture their talents and potential, we offer mentorship programs and internships during projects and offer pro-bono consultation for their independent projects.

  • Supplier and Vendor Inclusion: We extend our commitment to inclusion and diversity to the selection of suppliers and vendors. We will actively seek to work with diverse-owned businesses and vendors who align with our values of accessibility and inclusion, and support underrepresented communities.

  • Collaboration with LGBTQIA++ Organizations: The production team is committed to collaborating with LGBTQIA++ advocacy groups or organisations to gain insights, feedback, and support in creating a more inclusive environment on set and within the filmmaking industry.

  • Intersectional Storytelling: In our film productions, we strive to authentically portray the experiences of individuals with intersectional identities. We reject tokenism and stereotypes, ensuring that characters from underrepresented communities are portrayed as multi-dimensional and authentic.

4: Accessibility and Inclusion

  • Inclusive Filmmaking: We ensure that our sets are welcoming and accommodating for all team members by considering accessibility in location choices and providing accessible facilities that meet relevant standards.

  • Accommodation of Needs: Our production team ensures the accommodation of specific needs of all individuals, such as providing designated spaces for breastfeeding or ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities.

  • Flexibility and Accommodation: We are dedicated to providing flexibility and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Open communication regarding specific accessibility needs is encouraged, and we work collaboratively to make necessary adjustments to support the participation of all team members.

  • Wheelchair-Friendly Locations: When selecting filming locations, we prioritize venues and sets that are wheelchair-friendly, ensuring easy access for individuals with mobility challenges.

  • Sign Language Interpreters: We provide professional sign language interpreters during workshops, casting sessions, and production-related activities for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, promoting effective communication and inclusivity.

  • Closed Captioning: Our film productions include closed captioning for all audio content, including dialogue and sound effects, catering to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and enhancing the inclusivity of our projects.


5: Payment Policies


  • Fair Payment Structure: We ensure that our payment structure is based on the principle of equity. Each team member's compensation is determined by their skills, qualifications, experience, and the responsibilities associated with their role. We actively seek to eliminate pay disparities and provide competitive compensation for all.

  • Transparent Compensation Policies: Our compensation policies are transparent and clearly communicated to all team members. Any questions or concerns about payment are addressed openly and honestly, promoting trust and fairness.

  • Equal Pay for Equal Work: We firmly adhere to the principle of equal pay for equal work. Team members with similar roles and responsibilities receive equitable compensation, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics.

  • Inclusion of Diverse Voices: Our commitment to equity extends to ensuring that individuals from diverse backgrounds, including BIPOC GSM, queer, trans, GNC, and women filmmakers, receive equal opportunities for financial compensation.

  • Non-Discrimination: Our payment policies strictly prohibit any form of discrimination or bias in compensation decisions. Payment is solely based on merit and contribution to the project.

  • Flexibility and Accessibility: We recognize that individuals may have varying financial needs and circumstances. We offer flexibility and considerate approaches to accommodate individual preferences and support access to financial resources.

  • Advance Payment Policy: Team members who have been confirmed for a specific project may be eligible for an advance payment. The decision to offer advance payment is made on a case-by-case basis and is subject to the terms and conditions of the specific project.

  • Inclusivity in Profit-Sharing: In cases where profit-sharing is applicable, we prioritize inclusivity, ensuring that all contributors are fairly represented and compensated for their creative and collaborative efforts.

  • Regular Payment Reviews: We conduct regular reviews of our payment practices to ensure they remain fair and equitable. Feedback from team members is actively encouraged and taken into consideration during these reviews.



6: Privacy and Sensitivity

  • Outing Prohibition: Outing anyone's sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy will result in immediate removal from the premises.

  • Respect for Deadnames: Refrain from asking about or referring to someone's deadname (a name they no longer use or associate with).

  • Consent for Investigating Past: All members of the cast and crew must obtain appropriate consent from queer individuals before exploring their past for any project or situation.

7: Trigger Warnings and Consent

  • Trigger Warnings: Use trigger warnings whenever sharing content that includes nudity, phobias, trauma, evocations of violence, or any potentially disturbing material.

  • Consent Prior to Sharing: Obtain consent before sharing content with potentially sensitive or disturbing elements.

8: Data Protection 

  • Privacy and Data Protection: If sensitive information, such as chosen names and pronouns, is collected, it shall be clearly communicated how this data will be stored securely and used solely for the purpose of documentation, bookings, legal matters, and ensuring an inclusive working environment. This information will be kept confidential from the rest of the crew to maintain privacy and respect for individuals. Only designated producers or members of the production team will have access to this information for logistical purposes. Adequate measures will be taken to safeguard this data and prevent unauthorised access or disclosure.

  • Confidentiality Agreement (NDA): At the beginning of each project, all team members, including clients, corporates, talent, and crew, will be required to sign a comprehensive Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). This NDA ensures that any confidential information obtained during the course of the project, such as personal details, or any other sensitive data, will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. The NDA will outline the terms and conditions regarding the handling, storage, and sharing of such information.

  • Limited Access to Information: Access to sensitive data will be granted only to relevant personnel who require the information for legitimate purposes related to the project.

  • Data Retention: We will retain sensitive information for only as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected. Once the project is completed, and the data is no longer needed, it will be securely deleted or disposed of in compliance with relevant data protection regulations.

  • Reporting Breaches: All team members will be required to report  data breach or suspected unauthorised disclosure of sensitive information promptly, and appropriate actions will be taken to mitigate the impact and prevent future occurrences.


9. Safety Protocols 

  • Risk Assessment: Before commencing any live location shooting, we conduct comprehensive risk assessments to identify and mitigate potential hazards. This process allows us to take necessary precautions and create a safe working environment for everyone involved.

  • Security Personnel: Trained security personnel will be present on set and during live location shoots to ensure a secure environment. They are equipped to handle any security concerns promptly and efficiently, ensuring the safety of our team.

  • Safe Casting Spaces: To ensure the safety of talent and crew, a representative from the production house will be present during casting sessions. This measure aims to create a comfortable and secure environment during all professional interactions between directors and talents; and prevent any form of discrimination or harmful behaviour. 

  • On-Site Resources: During live location shoots, we provide on-site resources to ensure the safety and well-being of the team. These resources may include medical personnel, emergency kits, and communication devices, ensuring immediate assistance in case of any medical or safety-related incidents.

  • Intimacy Coordinators: An intimacy coordinator must be hired for scenes involving intimate moments. These professionals can ensure that the actors' boundaries are respected and that the scenes are handled appropriately and sensitively.

  • Mental Health Practitioners: A mental health practitioner will be present during pre-production and on set for the cast and crew, especially in dealing with sensitive subjects, ensuring that necessary support and care are available for those who may require it. We aim to promote a stigma-free environment for seeking help, and implementing strategies to reduce stress and burnout during production. 

10. Reporting Mechanism

  • Open Communication: We encourage open communication among team members regarding any safety concerns. A designated point of contact will be available to address these concerns and take appropriate action.

  • Non-Retaliation Principle: It is our fundamental principle that no team member should face adverse consequences or retaliation for raising concerns, reporting incidents, or participating in investigations related to discrimination, harassment, or mistreatment.

  • Confidential Reporting Mechanism: We will establish a confidential reporting mechanism for incidents of harassment, discrimination, or any form of mistreatment. The contact information for designated individuals responsible for handling such reports will be clearly provided to all team members, and a commitment to investigate and take appropriate actions will be upheld.


11. Sensitization and Inclusivity Training

  • Regular Sensitisation: The Producers and Production Team will conduct regular sensitisation sessions during each production to ensure a overall inclusive film set where the entire team feels valued and respected.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Training: The production team shall conduct regular diversity training for the cast and crew, including security personnel. These sessions will promote understanding, empathy, and inclusivity, helping the team navigate the complexities of working together in an LGBTQIA++ inclusive environment.

12: Embracing Learning and Enrichment

  • Embrace Learning and Enrichment: We encourage everyone to enjoy the experience of learning something new and enriching each day on set.


13: Community Outreach Program

  • UFO(Underground Film Observatory): UFO is our cultural arm aiming to provide workshops, mentorship programs, or scholarship opportunities, to support emerging LGBTQIA++ creatives and technicians interested in the film industry.

14: Evaluation & Feedback

  • Continual Evaluation and Feedback: We are dedicated to regularly evaluating the effectiveness of these policies and actively seeking feedback from cast and crew members to identify areas for improvement. This continual evaluation will help maintain a positive and evolving LGBTQIA++ inclusive film production environment.

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