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) January 10, 1985 (age 33)
Palakkad, Kerala, India
Alma mater Marian College, Mahatma Gandhi University, PSG College of Arts and Science
Occupation Writer, documentarian, photographer
Employer Self-employed

George Thengummoottil (born 10 January 1985) is an award winning Wildlife film maker 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 and one of the organizers of Kerala Adventure Carnival.

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 curtain the 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].


After his schooling at St. Antony's Public School he joined for graduation studies 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 a 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.


George was born in the town of Palakkad, Kerala in 1985, 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 at Bangalore in a company named Lucid Imaging, which specialized in machine vision projects after his post graduation, but could not continue for a long time due to Keratoconus. Even though the company was ready to sponcer his treatments, he refused the offer.

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.[8] Later he worked as a journalist with Times of India and assisted the renowned filmmaker Sandesh Kadur at Felis Creations in several film-making projects like Planet Earth II for international broadcast.

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.[9] He was instrumental to popularize the use of solar panels for filming in remote places.[10]

Community Initiatives[edit]

George is the founder of Keratoconus Foundation India,[11] a charitable trust registered under Indian Trusts Act, 1882 which guides Keratoconus patients in India to lead a better life and support them economically.[12]


Year Title Credit Publisher
2015 Guhanagari A Book on Urban Wildlife Contributor Author : Pradeep Hegde Christ University
2013 Kaziranga National Park 2013[13] Illustrator Photography: Sanesh Kadur, Author Priya Singh Assam Forest Department
2012 Himalaya: Mountains of Life [14] Illustrator Kamaljit S. Bawa, Sandesh Kadur Ashoka Trust
2006 The Story of Peermade[15] Author / Photographer


Year Genre Title Credit Film Festivals Award Produced By
2019 Feature Film Production No 8 (In Production) Editor Sooraj Puthiedam
2018 Documentary The Naga Pride Editor / Sound Design 2018 11th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala[16] Nominated Nikhil Nagle[17] / Gypsy Tiger

Sumanth Kudhuvalli

2018 International Ecological Film Festival Russia
2018 VIVA Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2018 Green Earth Film Festival, California Semi Finalist
2018 Documentary Kudremukh National Park (In Post Production) Editor Karnataka Forest Service

Dilan Mandana

2018 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[18] Director 2018 India Heritage Walk Festival Manipur Forest Department, Keibul Lamjao National Park

Released during 2017 Sangai Festival

2018 Kadakam Forest and Environmental; Film Festival, Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, Kerala
2018 Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Croatia
2016 Documentary Singalila in the Himalaya[19] Director 2016 Pokhara International Mountain Film Festival, Pokhara, Nepal Best Mountain Film

"The movie is so inspiring!"

Keratoconus Foundation India,

Dhanraj Gurung/ Red Panda Sikkim

2017 IMF Mountain Film Festival 2017, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi, India Special Recognition Award,
2017 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala[20] Nominated
2017 16th Girimitra Sammelan, Mumbai 3rd place
2018 Kadakam Forest and Environmental; Film Festival, Silent Valley National Park, Palakkad, Kerala
2016 Short Documentary Kalia : The Lost Gibbon[21][22] Graphics 2016 9th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Kerala[20] Felis Creations
2016 Short Documentary 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[23]
2016 10th Festival Gorniskega Filma[24]
2014 Short Film In To the Darkroom Shortfilm
2012 Documentary Goecha La In Search of Kangchenjunga Director


  • 2017 Featured under AgainstAllOdds by Woodland Worldwide[25]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "News: India News, Latest Bollywood News, Sports News, Business & Political News, National & International News | Times of India". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
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  3. ^ "Coimbatoreans take a plunge into adventure - Times of India". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Nilampoor - നിലമ്പൂരിലെ കോളേജ് ഓഫീസ് മാനവേദന് സ്‌കൂളില്ത്തന്നെ തുടരുമെന്ന് നഗരസഭ - Features - Youth". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
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  6. ^ Thengummoottil, G. (2014). The Story of Peermade:. George Thengummoottil. ISBN 9788192888606. Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  7. ^ "This filmmaker designed a solar charger to shoot in the Himalayas". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  8. ^ "High on sight - Bangalore Mirror". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Eye and my vision - The Hindu". Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  10. ^ "This Filmmaker Shot 14 Days Without Power in the Himalayas—Here's How". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
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  12. ^ George Thengummoottil. "George Thengummoottil | Me | My Travel | My Life". Retrieved 2017-01-29. 
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
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  17. ^ "Citigroup India equities head Nikhil Nagle quits". The Hindu. PTI. 2010-02-25. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
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  19. ^ Thengummoottil, George (2016-05-19), Singali La: In the Himalaya, Alexa Hone Blanchet, Surya Girish, Blanchet Richard, retrieved 2018-04-06 
  20. ^ a b IDSFFK Online Retrieved 2018-04-06.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "Kalia | The Lost Gibbon | Felis Creations". Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  22. ^ Cinematography, Nikhil Virdi's. "Wildlife | Nikhil Virdi's Cinematography". Nikhil Virdi. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  23. ^ Vohra, Supriya (2017-02-16). "Stunning Visuals, Character Driven Stories Rule IMF Mountain Film Festival". TOJ India Edition. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  24. ^ "Home". 10. festival gorniškega filma. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
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