Bengaluru: Bengaluru boy and a former journalist Shravan Regret Iyer (in pic) has won multiple awards in the US and India for his 14 minute nature documentary ‘Life in the Jungles of Madagascar’. The documentary captures the complexity of life and the challenges that the last remaining endemic and critically endangered species face in the island nation.
The documentary has bagged Award of Merit at the Accolade Global Film Competition in San Diego, (California), Best Documentary Jury awarded by Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival in New Delhi (India) Finalist in Best Film on Nature and Environment documentary at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Official Selection at San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, and Jersey City Popup Film Festival.
Mr. Iyer, who worked as a journalist in Deccan Chronicle briefly pursued his passion of film and documentary. His journalism skills, training from IISc, filmmaking experience from ten countries in three continents, his limitless ambition to explore newer territories in his area activity; and the desire to tread virgin paths augurs well for his progress in producing quality, non-commercial, educative films which are an eye-opener on various environmental issues.
On demand, the documentary is also made available for all delegates (starting from October) at the Wildscreen Panda Awards – popularly known as the Green Oscars to be held in Bristol, UK (the world's largest and most prestigious wildlife and environmental filmmaking event).
"Filming the documentary in the remote parts of the island nation especially during the rainy season was a challenge. Considering that I was a one-man documentary crew, carrying all the gear and trekking in treacherous terrains, while looking for endangered species was another challenge," says Shravan Regret Iyer about the challenges involved in filming.
The documentary is also currently being judged in various other film festivals in Rome, Canada, Spain, Japan and UK. The documentary is produced by Mr. Iyers’s father journalist Regret Iyer under the banner Regret Iyer Productions. Mr. Shravan is an alumnus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.