Tulu film industry is a part of Indian cinema. It produces 2 to 3 films annually. The first film being Enna Thangadi released in 1971. Usually these films are released in theatres across the Tulu Nadu region and on DVD. The critically acclaimed Tulu Film Suddha, won the award for the best Indian Film at the Osian film festival held at New Delhi in the year 2006.Oriyardori Asal released in 2011 is the most successful Tulu film till date.
The first Tulu film is Enna Thangadi released in 1971.
Dareda Budedi produced by K.N. Taylor was the second feature film released in 1971.
Koti Chennaya (1973) directed by Vishu Kumar was the first history-based Tulu cinema.
The first Tulu colour film Kariyani Kattandi Kandani was produced in 1978 by Aroor Bhimarao.
Bisatti Babu produced in 1972 was the first film to receive the State government award as the best Tulu film.
Bangar Patler produced in 1993 by Richard Castelino has bagged the highest national and international awards.
September 8, directed by Richard Castelino, starring Kannada actor Sunil and Kannada writer, Dr. K Shivaram Karanth was shot in 24 hours entirely in Mangalore, a record in the world cinema.
Sudda won the award for the best Indian film at the eighth Asian Film Festival "Ocean - Cinefan"
Nirel directed by Ranjith Bajpe, produced by Shodhan Prasad and co produced by San Poojary will be the first Tulu movie totally produced overseas.