Jungle book bear

Student Jury Award 2012
Oliver Goetzl
by Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg –Produced by: Gulo Film for Studio Hamburg DocLights NDR Naturfilm – Germany 2012 – Running time: 52 min. - Featured areas: Brt Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Daroji Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka, Park of Ranthambor, India

We all know him, we all love him: Baloo – Mowgli’s constant companion from The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling and even more the Walt Disney movie made this clumsy fellow world famous. The role models for Baloo are the Sloth Bears of India - surprisingly little is known about this secretive species. These in our days mostly nocturnal animals have never been portrayed in a natural history program before. Over a period of three years Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg not only were lucky enough to film these elusive creatures at daytime but got also behavior that was even not known to scientists so far - e.g. the mouth feeding of cubs by their mothers.


The biographer Oliver Goetzl and the photographer Ivo Nörenberg have been working together since 1999. In the 2004 they had created Gulo Film Productions, a company which is now producing movies for NDR Naturfilm, the BBC and Horizons Wild. Their productions, as Wild Scandinavia- Finland (which was screened at the last SONDRIO FESTIVAL), Bear, Elk, Wolverine (NDR 2006) and Wild Russia - The Urals (NDR 2009), had won a total of 43 international prizes, among them a Jackson Hole in 2007 and a nomination to Wildscreen in 2006. They are presenting at SONDRIO FESTIVAL 2012 The Jungle book Bear, their last work.