Kopal Goyal

Director/Cinematographer/ Editor and Founder of Inspire Crew

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Kopal Goyal is an independent documentary filmmaker and rock climber based in India. She made her first outdoor film Ganesha 8b+ - India’s hardest sport climbing route, which was supported by communities and magazines around the world including Rock and Ice, Climbing, UKC magazine. Later it won the "Best Climbing Film" award at IMF Festival, 2018. The film was critically challenging as she was belaying and filming the athlete at the same time. Most of the scenes from the film were shot with nightmarish memories.

Since then it’s been 5 years and she is currently in the process of releasing her 3 new documentaries Kokankada in Collaboration with another adventure filmmaker Shivam Aher, Durga: Forging new trail, and Project Wild Women has been a finalist at BANFF; world's most prestigious mountain film festival. This documentary also won the People’s Choice Award at London Mountain Film Festival, Premiered at Kalaghoda which is the country’s largest multicultural festival, and selected at other film fests around the world including Women’s Adventure Film Tour, World of Film International Festival Glasgow.

 

Matador Network has recognized her as one among the 11 women photographers shaking up perspectives on India. Her film Free Soul in collaboration with Shivam Aher won the "Best Extreme Sports Film" award at Indian Mountaineering Foundation Film Festival 2020.

Her work has been featured in Redbull, YourStory, BBC Hindi, The Week, India Today, and various other news portals across country.

As part of Project Wild Women’s idea and action, she founded Inspire Crew, a media platform and an agency to identify more people practicing extreme and gravity sports in India, give them an identity, encourage more participation with compassion regardless of age, gender, or social status.

She is currently working on a new project which is based on young girls climbing in Sahyadri which is one of the toughest mountain ranges and breaking the stereotypes.

PRESS

  • Indian ExpressWhy Kopal Goyal made a film featuring women extreme sports athletes

  • Your StoryThis sport and rock climber’s unique documentary features 14 female adventure athletes

  • Indian Today- Rock and Roll documentary

  • Desnivel.comScale like a woman! Gowri Varanashi and Kopal Goyal talk about the development of climbing in India

  • Live MintThis filmmaker-climber is breaking stereotypes in extreme adventure sports

  • Do what you love always- The emerging sisterhood of women in extreme sports

  • First PostIn the world of extreme sports, a few women are defying stereotypes and inspiring others to join in

  • The Week- Extreme Eves

  • BBC HindiWomen building a reputation with extreme sports in India

  • Deccan Chronicle- Women of Pure wonder

  • Matador Network11 female photographers shaking up our perspectives on India

  • Redbull- A documentary about Indian women in extreme sports: Yes, Please

  • UKC ClimbingGanesha 8b+: Climbing India's hardest Sport Route

  • Sidetracked- A film by La Cumbre Collective, featuring Durga Rawal, Photography by Kopal Goyal

  • LactoCalamine- Video

PRESENCE

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What people say!

"Kopal is one hell of a dedicated, talented, and focused filmmaker. Be it getting into the elements to shoot her subjects - whether getting into the water or hanging off frozen waterfalls to get that perfect shot - this amazing photographer + filmmaker + make-shift stunt woman does it all. Her story in her passion towards chasing inspiring stories makes her just as inspiring to watch"Anne Mathias

Kopal is one photographer I met who is as good in climbing, yoga as in clicking some really nice pictures! Looking forward to more such sessions, had an awesome time- Vaibhav Kumar

Kopal Goyal, you are doing such an excellent job. I have seen your award-winning film "Wild Women" and it is so inspiring. I congratulate you and wish you many greater accolades- Ritu Chopra

“Thank you Kopal! It's really amazing! You've done a fantastic job with this film and should be utterly proud of yourself! Sending you big congratulations”- Carla Cupido, Shesummits.org

“I really love the video. I was hoping it would be a little longer because I wanted to see more. I always wanted something like this to happen. We have so much talent in our country in different corners. No one even realizes how hard everyone is working and in the field trying to bring out everyone. You guys deserve respect”- Amit Subba

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