George Thengummoottil

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George Thengummoottil
ജോര്‍ജ് തെങ്ങുംമൂട്ടില്‍
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George Thengummoottil Receiving award from Mr Harkirat Singh, Managing Director, Woodland India and Mr Deepak Misra Manager of ONGC, at the IMF Mountain Film Festival.
Born (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 36)
Alma materMarian College, Mahatma Gandhi University, PSG College of Arts and Science
OccupationWriter, documentarian, photographer

George Thengummoottil (born 10 January 1985) is wildlife filmmaker and documentary editor,[1][2] from India [3][4] whose film has been screened at various International film festivals like Pokhara International Mountain Film Festival and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. He is also the founder of Keratoconus Foundation India, a non profit organization which aims at helping Keratoconus patients.

His recent film The Return of Sangai, a documentary about the endangered deer Sangai at the only floating National Park in the world, Keibul Lamjao National Park made for the forest department of Manipur was released at the curtain raiser function of Sangai festival 2017, held at Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur in the presence of the Chief Minister of Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh.[5]


George Thengummoottil receiving the award for his personal contributions in the field of Education in Bhutan from Jai Bir Rai, the Education Minister of Bhutan during the India Bhutan Friendship celebrations.

George Thengummoottil did his primary school education at Marthoma Senior Secondary School, when his father was working at the State Bank of India at Kozhencherry and later moved to his home town at Thidanad where he continued his school education at St. Antony's Public School.

He did his graduation in Computer Science at Marian College Kuttikkanam, Peermade. During when he wrote his first book The Story of Peermade, a coffee table book about the history of Peermade.[6] He obtained Masters in Computer Science from Dr G R Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore and later another Masters in Communication and Journalism from PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. He has also completed short courses on Application of Sound in Film and Television from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute


George was born in the town of Palakkad, Kerala on 10 January 1985 as the eldest of two children born to Joseph TV and his wife, Rani Joseph and lives at Kappadu, Kanjirappally.


During his teenage, he was affected by Keratoconus, a degenerative disorder of the eye and was blind by the age of 13. He had to stop his normal stream of studies and activities. Later he did Corneal transplantation and could partially recover vision in one of his eyes.[7]


George was campus placed in the field of Machine Vision and Robotics at Lucid Imaging, Bangalore under Dr Anand Prasad Chinnaswamy[8] a pioneer in Machine Vision Technology, after his post graduation. Even though the company offered cover of his treatments he could not continue for a long time due to Keratoconus.

After a long break of travel, George was invited to work as a lecturer at Sherubtse College in Bhutan, where he served for several Years.[9] Later he worked as a journalist with Times of India, Coimbatore and later worked with renowned wildlife filmmaker Sandesh Kadur at Felis Creations before starting as an independent wildlife filmmaker.

Film making[edit]

From childhood, George had his personal interest in writing and filmmaking. He has acted in several plays during his school and college days. Even though he wanted to persuade his career in filmmaking, he was not allowed to, due to Keratoconus. But after his Masters in Journalism, he started making small edits, while working at Felis Creations and started as a documentary editor.


George was also motivational speaker and has been involved in many technical and art projects.[10] He was instrumental to popularize the use of solar panels for filming in remote places.[11]

Community Initiatives[edit]

George is the founder of Keratoconus Foundation India,[12] a charitable trust registered under Indian Trusts Act, 1882 which guides Keratoconus patients in India to lead a better life and support them economically.[13]


Year Title Credit Publisher
2015 Guhanagari A Book on Urban Wildlife Contributor Author : Pradeep Hegde Christ University
2013 Kaziranga National Park 2013[14] Illustrator Photography: Sanesh Kadur, Author Priya Singh Assam Forest Department
2012 Himalaya: Mountains of Life[15] Illustrator Kamaljit S. Bawa, Sandesh Kadur[16] Ashoka Trust
2006 The Story of Peermade[17] Author / Photographer


Year Genre Title Credit Year Film Festivals Award Produced By
2020 TV Series Wild Cats of India Animation National Geographic Channel / Felis Creations
Documentary Communities and Sustainability Editor 2020 International Science Film Festival of India,[18] Ministry of Science, Government of India Sumanth Kuduvalli / ATREE
2019 Documentary Guardian of the Wild Editor CWS / Pradeep Hegde
Short Documentary Khangshilling - One step to bucket-list Editor 2020 Indian Mountaineering Foundation Mountain Festival Arpita Roy, Mishmi Takin, Pioneer Adventures
South Asian Short Film Festival, Kolkotta
2019 Indian Scout & Guide Film Festival Won
2020 International Science Film Festival
The Endangered Species of India (Video Series) Editor RoundGlass | Sustain

Pradeep Hegde

Pakke Paga: Protecting the Hornbills of Arunachal Pradesh Editor Adarsh Raju / Nature Conservation Foundation
Estate Anai (In post Production) Editor Dilan Mandanna / Karnataka Forest Department
2018 Documentary Sarala Virala Design 2019 66th National Film Awards for best Educational Film Won Directed by Ere Gowda
The Naga Pride Editor / Sound Design 2019 CMS Vatavaran Film Festival[19]
2018 Quotes from the earth[20] Nikhil Nagle[21] / Gypsy Tiger

Sumanth Kudhuvalli

11th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala[22] Nominated
International Ecological Film Festival Russia
Festival international du film ornithologique de Ménigoute,[23] Ménigoute, France
VIVA Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina[24]
Green Earth Film Festival, California Semi Finalist
Nagaon International Short & Documentary Film Festival[25] Won
Kudremukh National Park Editor Karnataka Forest Department

Dilan Mandana

Kalyan Varma

Short Documentary Lion Tailed Macaque -Flag bearers of the Rainforests (In Post Production) Editor / Sound Design Centre for Wildlife Studies

Wildlife Conservation Society - India

2017 Short Documentary The Return of Sangai[5] Director 2019 Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival,[26] Pune Manipur Forest Department, Keibul Lamjao National Park
2018 India Heritage Walk Festival
Kadakam Forest and Environmental; Film Festival, Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, Kerala
Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Croatia
2017 Sangai Festival, Keibul Lamjao National Park, India[27]
2016 Documentary Singalila in the Himalaya[28] Director 2019 CMS Vatavaran Film Festival[29] Nominated
2018 Kadakam Forest and Environmental; Film Festival, Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, Kerala Keratoconus Foundation India,

Dhanraj Gurung/ Red Panda Sikkim

2017 IMF Mountain Film Festival 2017, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi, India Won
10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala[30] Nominated
16th Girimitra Sammelan, Mumbai Won
2016 Pokhara International Mountain Film Festival, Pokhara, Nepal
Short Documentary Kalia : The Lost Gibbon[31][32] Graphics 2016 9th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala[30] Felis Creations
Waghoba: Provider, Destroyer, Deity Graphics Felis Creations


2015 Short Documentary Eastern Himalaya - Ancient Risks Future Threats Graphics 2015 CMS Vatavaran 2015 Felis Creations

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment

2017 IMF Mountain Film Festival 2017, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi, India[33]
2016 10th Festival Gorniskega Filma[34]
2014 Short Film In To the Darkroom Shortfilm
2012 Documentary Goecha La In Search of Kangchenjunga Director


  • 2019 Award for personal contribution in the field of Education in Bhutan, presented by Jai Bir Rai, Minister of Education, Bhutan during the 50th year celebration of Indo Bhutan Friendship.
  • 2017 Featured under AgainstAllOdds by Woodland Worldwide[35]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "News: India News, Latest Bollywood News, Sports News, Business & Political News, National & International News |". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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  3. ^ "Coimbatoreans take a plunge into adventure". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Nilampoor - നിലമ്പൂരിലെ കോളേജ് ഓഫീസ് മാനവേദന് സ്‌കൂളില്ത്തന്നെ തുടരുമെന്ന് നഗരസഭ - Features - Youth". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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  6. ^ Thengummoottil, G. (2014). The Story of Peermade. George Thengummoottil. ISBN 9788192888606. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. ^ "This filmmaker designed a solar charger to shoot in the Himalayas". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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  9. ^ "High on sight - Bangalore Mirror". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Eye and my vision". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  11. ^ "This Filmmaker Shot 14 Days Without Power in the Himalayas—Here's How". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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  13. ^ George Thengummoottil. "George Thengummoottil | Me | My Travel | My Life". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
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  15. ^ Kadur, Sandesh; Thengummoottil, George; Kakati, Niraj; Singh, Priya. "Kaziranga National Park: World Heritage Site". Retrieved 5 January 2015.[dead link]
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  19. ^ "Festival Book" (PDF).
  20. ^ "The Naga Pride". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Citigroup India equities head Nikhil Nagle quits". The Hindu. PTI. 25 February 2010. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 April 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  23. ^ "The naga pride - Séance de 21h - Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute". (in French). Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  24. ^ "OFFICIAL SELECTION – VIVA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – Viva Film Festival". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Selection | Cinemalay". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Schedule – Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival (KVIFF)". Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  27. ^ "GENERAL / LATEST NEWS: ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India". Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  28. ^ Thengummoottil, George (19 May 2016), Singali La: In the Himalaya, Alexa Hone Blanchet, Surya Girish, Blanchet Richard, retrieved 6 April 2018
  29. ^ "Nominations | CMS VATAVARAN". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  30. ^ a b IDSFFK Online Retrieved 6 April 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "Kalia | The Lost Gibbon | Felis Creations". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  32. ^ Cinematography, Nikhil Virdi's. "Wildlife | Nikhil Virdi's Cinematography". Nikhil Virdi. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  33. ^ Vohra, Supriya (16 February 2017). "Stunning Visuals, Character Driven Stories Rule IMF Mountain Film Festival". TOJ India Edition. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Home". 10. festival gorniškega filma. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
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