‘Flying Elephants’ Soar High: A Short Film chosen for Screening at Wildscreen Film Festival 2020
Bengaluru: ‘Flying Elephants – A Mother’s Hope’, a short film directed by Prakash Matada and executive-produced by Dr. Krithi Karanth, supported by the Centre for Wildlife Studies and Saving Nature, is being a part of the inaugural Official Selection Programme at the Wildscreen Film Festival 2020.
‘Flying Elephants’ itself is NOT a part of the Panda awards, popularly known as the ‘Green Oscars’. It is picked as one of 18 short films from hundreds of submissions from over 40 countries selected for screening, the first ever Wildscreen Official Selection films. Wildscreen is the most prestigious wildlife film festival in the world, which also hosts the Panda awards, popularly called the ‘Green Oscars’.
The film took about two years to make, and is six minutes long. The story is narrated in the Betta Kuruba tribal language, in the voice of a mother elephant. The film ends on an optimistic note – to move the audience and mobilise efforts towards the conservation of elephants and their remaining natural habitats.
The selection also features films from established heavyweights of the natural history genre, including the first documentary by Apple TV+, ‘The Elephant Queen’, and BBC Natural History Unit’s ‘Earth from Space’ and ‘Pangolins – The World’s Most Wanted Animal’.
Report submitted by : Sourabha Rao, Media Manager, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru