Alipur Films was established by Ashvin Kumar with the mandate of bringing Indian stories to an international audience. To this end, our films have travelled to over 200 international festivals, won more than thirty top awards and gained recognition as compelling cinema from India that resonates world over. We believe that an international crew brings fresh perspective, an authenticity and polish to our films which only increases their universality.
We are believers in kids as auteurs and brining about change through the lens. We have developed a storytelling project called ‘Kids in Conflict’ in which we teach filmmaking and empower teenagers living in conflict areas of India to make their own stories into cinema. We believe that the art and craft of making films is learnt best while ‘doing’. We’ve developed an intense immersion course called ‘Story to Screen’‐ a three-day storytelling and filmmaking workshop, a practical approach to writing, directing and the rigors of bringing a story to screen. Having taken the course, participants are encouraged and empowered to write a short script, pick up a camera and make a movie.
In feature films the director is God. In documentary films God is the director.
We are concerned with the political, cultural and socio‐economic growth of India as a democracy and civilisation. The conflict in the Kashmir valley and Islamic terror are critical to global stability today. Through our films, it is our attempt to fill the vacuum that exists in representations of Kashmir valley in mainstream discourse. By this we hope to challenge the predominant stereotype of the valley, which in many ways defines who we are as a people.