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the siren's song

A project by: Ankolika Kumar


WE RAISED £1,626

from 14 donors

the ocean is calling

About the project

the siren's song is a 15 minute docu-fiction film that weaves in together conversations with experts about the impact of the rising sea levels, people from the community that are being affected by coastal erosion in the present day with the fictional story of a siren. The story takes place somewhere in the future in a post apocalyptic type scenario.

who am i?

Hi, I'm Ankolika. I'm a master's student at the University of Reading, presently pursuing my MA in Creative Enterprise: Film Pathway.

I have been interested in films and storytelling since school. After completing my graduation in Psychology, I did an advanced diploma in filmmaking from a film school in Mumbai, India and did my specialisation in Screenwriting.

After spending two years at film school, I worked in the Hindi Film Industry in India for a couple of years where I assisted on several projects as a writer as well as an assistant director. In 2022 I decided to move abroad to pursue my masters. I always had an inclination towards telling stories that capture human relationships whether that's through fairytales or realism.

With the siren's song, I intend to delve into the fantasy world for the first time and tie it together with the issues in our present day.

mood board: siren


Where will the money go?

  • Funds are needed for costumes and props for the actors and special effects make up. We also need to fund travel since we will be stepping out of town to film at the coast.
  • If we hit the full funding target, we would be able to give the film a more professional look and help cover any extra costs that we might incur during the production process.


  • Travel (train or van): £200-£500
  • Mermaid costume: £100-£200
  • Special effects makeup: £50-£100
  • Catering for the crew: £200


  • £15 or more - a personalised thank you video 
  • £30 or more - A personalised thank you video and a digital copy of our poster.
  • £50 or more - A special mention in the film credits as contributor, a thank you video and a printed copy of our poster.
  • £100 or more - A special mention in the film credits as a producer, and a printed copy of our poster, early access to online viewing, access to the sound & music library and a digital album of all pre production & production artwork/photos.

Find us here

There will be bi-weekly updates on the progress of the film.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ankolika/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ankolikakumar

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ankolikakumar/

Student email: ankolika.kumar@student.reading.ac.uk

Professional email: ankolika.k@gmail.com

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