Kabir Mehta studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar- a boarding school nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Always a devoted cinephile, Kabir was encouraged to pursue filmmaking professionally after unexpectedly winning a filmmaking competition organised by the Delhi University while he was studying Economics.
In his early twenties, feeling an uneasy sense of disconnection towards his own country, he set out to travel across India; filming and soaking in its rich, intriguing diversity. An encounter with director, Ashim Ahluwalia led him to Mumbai where he worked with the filmmaker on feature films as well as groundbreaking avant-garde cinema, including his experimental film Events In A Cloud Chamber, which was a collaboration between the director and Indian painter Akbar Padamsee.
Kabir Mehta has since gone on to produce and direct his own work. His docu-fiction film titled Sadhu In Bombay premiered at the 29th European Media Art Festival where it won the ‘EMAF Award’ for best film. The film had its North American premiere at Slamdance Film Festival and subsequently won the award for Best Narrative Film at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Kabir’s first feature length film titled BUDDHA.mov, will have its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, in the First Features Competition.
He is also selected to develop his next fiction feature film project, Showdots, at Le Groupe Oust’s LIM platform – the European development programme for limited budget feature films.