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The National Film Awards is the most prominent film award ceremonies in India. Established in 1954, it has been administered, along with the International Film Festival of India
India
and the Indian Panorama, by the Indian government's Directorate of Film Festivals
Directorate of Film Festivals
since 1973.[1][2] Every year, a national panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India
India
presents the awards. This is followed by the inauguration of the National Film Festival, where the award-winning films are screened for the public. Declared for films produced in the previous year across the country, they hold the distinction of awarding merit to the best of Indian cinema
Indian cinema
overall, as well as presenting awards for the best films in each region and language of the country. Due to the national scale of the National Film Awards, it is considered the Indian equivalent of the American Academy Awards.[3][4]

Contents

1 History 2 Juries and rules 3 Awards

3.1 Lifetime Achievement Award 3.2 Feature Film Awards

3.2.1 Golden Lotus Award 3.2.2 Silver Lotus Award 3.2.3 Discontinued Awards

3.3 Non-Feature Film Awards

3.3.1 Golden Lotus Award 3.3.2 Silver Lotus Award 3.3.3 Discontinued Awards

3.4 Writing on Cinema

3.4.1 Golden Lotus Award

4 References

4.1 Further reading

5 External links

History[edit] See also: 1st National Film Awards The Awards were first presented in 1954. The Government of India conceived the ceremony to honour films made across India, on a national scale, to encourage the furthering of Indian art and culture. Since 1973, the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals
Directorate of Film Festivals
administers the ceremony along with other major film events in India
India
annually. It is the highest award given for films in India.[citation needed] Juries and rules[edit] The National Film Awards are presented in two main categories: Feature Films and Non-Feature Films. The juries are appointed by the Directorate of Film Festivals
Directorate of Film Festivals
in India. Neither the Government nor the Directorate have influence over which films are selected for consideration and which films ultimately win awards. There are strict criteria as to whether a film is eligible for consideration by the jury panels. Over 100 films made across the country are entered in each category (Feature and Non-Feature) for the awards and deemed eligible each year. A list of rules is presented every year in a document of regulations known as the National Film Award Regulations. The criteria for eligibility contains many clauses. Among them, there is a direct requirement for the makers of a film, and particularly the director, to be Indian nationals.[5] Films entering the competition should be produced in India, and in case of co-production involving a foreign entity, there are as many as six conditions which should be fulfilled in order for the film to qualify.[5] According to the criteria, in order to be eligible for consideration of the jury, a film should be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification
Central Board of Film Certification
between 1 January and 31 December. Whether a film is considered a feature film or a non-feature film shall be decided by the Feature Film jury. The eligibility list includes a section of rules determining which films shall not be eligible for entry in the competition.[5] Awards[edit] The Awards are categorised in three sections; Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. With each section having its individual aims, Feature Film and Non-Feature Film sections aim at encouraging the production of films of aesthetic and technical excellence and social relevance, contributing to the understanding and appreciation of cultures of different regions of the country in cinematic form, thereby promoting unity and integrity of the nation. The Best Writing on Cinema section aims to encourage the study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of the art form through publication of various books, articles, reviews, newspaper coverage and studies.[6] In addition, a lifetime achievement award, named after the father of Indian cinema
Indian cinema
Dadasaheb Phalke, is awarded to a film personality for the outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema.[6][7] All the award winners are awarded with a Medallion, cash prize and a certificate of merit. Six categories from Feature Films section, two from Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema sections each have been made eligible for Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award) and rest of the categories for Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award).[6] Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Dadasaheb Phalke
Dadasaheb Phalke
Award

Feature Film Awards[edit] Golden Lotus Award[edit] Official name - Swarna Kamal

Best Feature Film Best Director Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Best Children's Film Best First Film of a Director Best Animated Film

Silver Lotus Award[edit] Official Name: Rajat Kamal

Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Child Artist Best Music Direction Best Male Playback Singer Best Female Playback Singer Best Lyrics Best Art Direction Best Audiography Best Choreography Best Cinematography Best Costume Design Best Editing Best Make-up Best Screenplay Best Special
Special
Effects Special
Special
Jury Award Special
Special
Mention

Best Film on Environment Conservation / Preservation Best Film on Family Welfare Best Film on National Integration Best Film on Other Social Issues

Best Feature Film in each of the languages specified in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India:

Best Feature Film in Assamese Best Feature Film in Bengali Best Feature Film in Bodo Best Feature Film in Dogri Best Feature Film in Hindi Best Feature Film in Gujarati Best Feature Film in Kannada Best Feature Film in Kashmiri Best Feature Film in Konkani Best Feature Film in Malayalam Best Feature Film in Manipuri Best Feature Film in Marathi Best Feature Film in Odia Best Feature Film in Punjabi Best Feature Film in Tamil Best Feature Film in Telugu Best Feature Film in Urdu

Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India:

Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri Best Feature Film in English Best Feature Film in Khasi Best Feature Film in Kodava Best Feature Film in Kokborok Best Feature Film in Monpa Best Feature Film in Tulu

Discontinued Awards[edit]

Second Best Feature Film Third Best Feature Film Best Story

Non-Feature Film Awards[edit] Golden Lotus Award[edit] Official Name: Swarna Kamal

Best Non-Feature Film Best Director

Silver Lotus Award[edit] Official Name: Rajat Kamal

Best First Film of a Director Best Audiography Best Cinematography Special
Special
Jury Award / Special
Special
Mention Best Editing Best Music Direction Best Narration / Voice Over

Best Agriculture Film Best Animation Film Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Best Arts / Cultural Film Best Biographical Film Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film Best Exploration / Adventure Film Best Film on Family Welfare Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film Best Investigative Film Best Promotional Film Best Scientific Film Best Short Fiction Film Best Film on Social Issues

Discontinued Awards[edit]

Best Experimental Film Best Filmstrip Best Industrial Film Best News Review Best Newsreel Cameraman

Writing on Cinema[edit] Golden Lotus Award[edit] Official Name: Swarna Kamal

Best Book on Cinema Best Film Critic

References[edit]

^ Official site Directorate of Film Festivals ^ Film Festival Archived 17 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " National Film Awards (India's Oscars)". Film Movement. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ^ "We have lots to give the West: Rahman". The Hindu. February 20, 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017.  ^ a b c 5 5th National Film Awards Regulations. Eligibility. Pages 2–3. ^ a b c "59th National Film Awards: Regulations" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 2,4,12,14,22,24,25,30. Retrieved July 29, 2012.  ^ " Dadasaheb Phalke
Dadasaheb Phalke
Award Past Recipients". Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Matthew, K.M. (2006), Manorama Yearbook 2006, Malayala Manorama, India, ISBN 81-89004-07-7 

External links[edit]

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Special
Special
Award

Dadasaheb Phalke
Dadasaheb Phalke
Award

Feature Films

Golden Lotus Awards

Best Feature Film Best Director Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Best Children's Film Best First Film of a Director Best Animated Film

Silver Lotus Awards

Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Child Artist Best Music Direction Best Male Playback Singer Best Female Playback Singer Best Lyrics Best Production Design Best Audiography Best Choreography Best Cinematography Best Costume Design Best Editing Best Make-up Best Screenplay Best Special
Special
Effects

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Best Film on Family Welfare Best Film on National Integration Best Film on Other Social Issues Special
Special
Jury Award Special
Special
Mention

Silver Lotus Awards (Regional)

Assamese Bodo Bengali English Dogri Gujarati Hindi Kannada Kashmiri Konkani Maithili Malayalam Meitei Marathi Odia Punjabi Sanskrit Tamil Telugu Urdu

Bhojpuri Khasi Kodava Kokborok Mishing Mizo Monpa Rabha Sherdukpen Tulu Wancho

Discontinued Awards

Second Best Feature Film Third Best Feature Film Best Story

Non-Feature Films

Golden Lotus Awards

Best Non-Feature Film Best Director

Silver Lotus Awards

Best First Film of a Director Best Audiography Best Cinematography Best Editing Best Music Direction Best Narration / Voice Over

Best Agriculture Film Best Animation Film Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film Best Arts / Cultural Film Best Biographical Film Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film Best Exploration / Adventure Film Best Film on Family Welfare Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film Best Investigative Film Best Promotional Film Best Scientific Film Best Short Fiction Film Best Film on Social Issues Special
Special
Jury Award / Special
Special
Mention

Discontinued Awards

Best Experimental Film Best Filmstrip Best Industrial Film Best News Review Best Newsreel Cameraman

Writing on Cinema

Golden Lotus Awards

Best Book on Cinema Best Film Critic

Special
Special
Awards

Special
Special
Jury Award / Special
Special
Mention (Book on Cinema) Special
Special
Jury Award / Special
Special
Mention (Film Critic)

Awards by year

1953–1960

1953 (1st) 1954 (2nd) 1955 (3rd) 1956 (4th) 1957 (5th) 1958 (6th) 1959 (7th) 1960 (8th)

1961–1980

1961 (9th) 1962 (10th) 1963 (11th) 1964 (12th) 1965 (13th) 1966 (14th) 1967 (15th) 1968 (16th) 1969 (17th) 1970 (18th) 1971 (19th) 1972 (20th) 1973 (21st) 1974 (22nd) 1975 (23rd) 1976 (24th) 1977 (25th) 1978 (26th) 1979 (27th) 1980 (28th)

1981–2000

1981 (29th) 1982 (30th) 1983 (31st) 1984 (32nd) 1985 (33rd) 1986 (34th) 1987 (35th) 1988 (36th) 1989 (37th) 1990 (38th) 1991 (39th) 1992 (40th) 1993 (41st) 1994 (42nd) 1995 (43rd) 1996 (44th) 1997 (45th) 1998 (46th) 1999 (47th) 2000 (48th)

2001–present

2001 (49th) 2002 (50th) 2003 (51st) 2004 (52nd) 2005 (53rd) 2006 (54th) 2007 (55th) 2008 (56th) 2009 (57th) 2010 (58th) 2011 (59th) 2012 (60th) 2013 (61st) 2014 (62nd) 2015 (63rd) 2016 (64th) 2017 (65th)

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Indian honours and decorations

Civilian

National

Bharat Ratna Padma Vibhushan Padma Bhushan Padma Shri

Children

National Bravery Award National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement National Bal Shree Honour

Women

Stree Shakti Puraskar

Police

President's Police Medal
Medal
for Gallantry Police Medal
Medal
for Gallantry

Central

Ganga Sharan Award George Grierson Award Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award Moturi Satyanarayan Award National Award for Child Welfare Subramanya Bharathi Award

By field

Literature

Sahitya Akademi Fellowship Sahitya Akademi Award

Cinema

Dadasaheb Phalke
Dadasaheb Phalke
Award National Film Awards

Other arts

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship

Sports

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Arjuna Award Dronacharya Award Dhyan Chand Award

Science & Technology

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize Kalinga Prize

Gallantry

Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak Jeevan Raksha Padak

Medical

Dr. B. C. Roy Award

International

Gandhi Peace Prize Indira Gandhi Peace Prize Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony

Military

Wartime

Param Vir Chakra Maha Vir Chakra Vir Chakra

Peacetime

Ashoka Chakra Kirti Chakra Shaurya Chakra

Distinguished Service & Gallantry

Sena Medal

Army

Nao Sena Medal

Navy

Vayu Sena Medal

Air Force

Wartime

Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal Uttam Yudh Seva Medal Yudh Seva Medal

Peacetime

Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vishisht Seva Medal

Service and campaign medals

Wound Medal General Service Medal
Medal
1947 Samanya Seva Medal Special
Special
Service Medal Samar Seva Star Poorvi Star Paschimi Star Operation Vijay Star Siachen Glacier Medal Raksha Medal Sangram Medal Operation Vijay Medal Operation Parakram Medal Sainya Seva Medal High Altitude Service Medal Videsh Seva Medal

Long service awards

Meritorious Service Medal Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 30 Years Long Service Medal 20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal Territorial Army Decoration Territorial Army Medal

Independence Awards

Indian Independence Medal 50th Independence Anniversary Medal 25th Independence Anniversary Medal

Other Awards

Mention in Dispatches Commendation Card

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Major film awards by countries

Africa

Ghana Movie Awards (Ghana) Africa Movie Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(Nigeria) South African Film and Television Awards (South Africa)

Asia

Central

Didor International Film Festival (Tajikistan)

East

Golden Rooster Awards, Hong Kong Film Award, Hundred Flowers Awards and Huabiao Awards (China) Japan Academy Prize (Japan) Grand Bell Awards
Grand Bell Awards
and Blue Dragon Film Awards (South Korea) Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan)

South

National Film Awards, Meril Prothom Alo Awards, Bachsas Awards (Bangladesh) Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South, Filmfare Awards East, National Film Awards (India) Lux Style Awards, ARY Film Awards
ARY Film Awards
and Nigar Awards
Nigar Awards
(Pakistan)

Southeast

Myanmar Motion Picture Awards (Burma) Indonesian Film Festival and Indonesian Movie Actor Awards (Indonesia) Malaysia Film Festival (Malaysia) FAMAS Award, Gawad Urian and Luna Award
Luna Award
(Philippines) Suphannahong Awards (Thailand) Golden Lotus Awards and Golden Kite Prize (Vietnam)

West

Fajr International Film Festival
Fajr International Film Festival
(Iran) Ophir Award (Israel) International Antalya Film Festival
International Antalya Film Festival
(Turkey)

Europe

East

Czech Lion Awards (Czech Republic) Polish Film Awards
Polish Film Awards
(Poland) Nika Award (Russia) Sun in a Net Awards (Slovakia) Golden Dzyga (Ukraine)

North

Robert Awards and Bodil Awards (Denmark) Jussi Awards
Jussi Awards
(Finland) Irish Film & Television Awards (Ireland) Amanda Award
Amanda Award
(Norway) Guldbagge Awards
Guldbagge Awards
(Sweden) British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
(United Kingdom)

South

Heart of Sarajevo
Heart of Sarajevo
(Bosnia and Herzegovina) Golden Arena Awards (Croatia) Hellenic Film Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(Greece) David di Donatello
David di Donatello
and Nastro d'Argento (Italy) Golden Camera Awards (Macedonia) Sophia Awards (Portugal) Goya Awards (Spain)

West

Magritte Award (Belgium) César Award
César Award
and Lumières Award (France) Deutscher Filmpreis (Germany) Golden Calf (Netherlands) Swiss Film Award (Switzerland)

North America

Canadian Screen Awards
Canadian Screen Awards
(Canada) Ariel Award (Mexico) Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(United States)

Oceania

AACTA Awards
AACTA Awards
(Australia) New Zealand film and television awards (New Zealand)

South America

Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences Awards (Argentina) Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (Brazil) Golden Precolumbian

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