66th National Film Awards

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66th National Film Awards
Awarded forBest of Indian cinema in 2018
Awarded byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Presented byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Presented on23 May 2019 (2019-05-23)
Official websitedff.gov.in

The 66th National Film Awards ceremony is an upcoming event during which the Directorate of Film Festivals presents its annual National Film Awards to honour the best films of 2018 in the Indian cinema. The declaration of awards are delayed by almost a month due to ongoing 2019 Indian general election, initially the awards were to be presented on 3 May. This time awards will be presented on 23 May 2019.[1]

Selection process[edit]

The Directorate of Film Festivals invited online entries and the acceptable last date for entries was until 22 January 2019. Feature and Non-Feature Films certified by Central Board of Film Certification between 1 January 2018, and 31 December 2018, were eligible for the film award categories. Books, critical studies, reviews or articles on cinema published in Indian newspapers, magazines, and journals between 1 January 2018, and 31 December 2018, were eligible for the best writing on cinema section. Entries of dubbed, revised or copied versions of a film or translation, abridgements, edited or annotated works and reprints were ineligible for the awards.[2]

For the Feature and Non-Feature Films sections, films in any Indian language, shot on 16 mm, 35 mm, a wider film gauge or a digital format, and released in cinemas, on video or digital formats for home viewing were eligible. Films were required to be certified as a feature film, a featurette or a Documentary/Newsreel/Non-Fiction by the Central Board of Film Certification.[2]

Dadasaheb Phalke Award[edit]

Introduced in 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest award given to recognise the contributions of film personalities towards the development of Indian cinema and for distinguished contributions to the medium, its growth and promotion."[3] The recipient is awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', cash prize, and a shawl.

Award Awardee(s) Awarded As Cash Prize
Dadasaheb Phalke Award 1 million (US$14,000)

Feature Films[edit]

All India Award[edit]

Golden Lotus Awards[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film 250,000/- each
Best Debut Film of a Director 125,000/- each
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment 200,000/- each
Best Children's Film 150,000/- each
Best Direction 250,000/-
Best Animated Film 100,000/- each

Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal

All the awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Feature Film on National Integration 150,000/- each
Best Film on Other Social Issues 150,000/- each
Best Film on Environment/Conservation/Preservation 150,000/- each
Best Actor 50,000/-
Best Actress 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actor 50,000/-
Best Supporting Actress 50,000/-
Best Child Artist 50,000/-
Best Male Playback Singer 50,000/-
Best Female Playback Singer 50,000/-
Best Cinematography 50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Original)
50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Screenplay Writer (Adapted)
50,000/-
Best Screenplay
 • Dialogues
50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Sound Designer
50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Re-recordist of the Final Mixed Track
50,000/-
Best Editing 50,000/-
Best Production Design 50,000/-
Best Costume Design 50,000/-
Best Make-up Artist 50,000/-
Best Music Direction
 • Songs
50,000/-
Best Music Direction
 • Background Score
50,000/-
Best Lyrics 50,000/-
Best Special Effects 50,000/-
Best Choreography 50,000/-
Best Stunt Choreographer 50,000/-
Special Jury Award 2,00,000/-
Special Mention Certificate only

Regional Awards[edit]

National Film Awards are also given to the best films in the regional languages of India. Awards for the regional languages are categorised as per their mention in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Awardees included producers and directors of the film. No films in languages other than those specified in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution were eligible.

Award Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Producer Director
Best Feature Film in Assamese 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Bodo 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Bengali 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Dogri 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Gujarati 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Hindi 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Kannada 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Kashmiri 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Konkani 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Maithili 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Malayalam 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Meitei 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Marathi 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Odia 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Punjabi 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Sanskrit 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Tamil 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Telugu 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Urdu 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Each of the Language Other Than Those Specified In the Schedule VIII of the Constitution
Award Film Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Producer Director
Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in English 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Haryanvi 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Jasari 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Khasi 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Kodava 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Kokborok 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Ladakhi 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Mishing 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Mizo 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Monpa 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Rabha 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Sherdukpen 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Tulu 1,00,000/- each
Best Feature Film in Wancho 1,00,000/- each

Non-Feature Films[edit]

Short Films made in any Indian language and certified by the Central Board of Film Certification as a documentary/newsreel/fiction are eligible for non-feature film section.

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

All the awardees are awarded with 'Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)', a certificate and cash prize.

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Non-Feature Film 150,000/- each
Best Director in Non-Feature Film 150,000/-

Silver Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Rajat Kamal

All the Awardees are awarded with 'Silver Lotus Award (Rajat Kamal)' and cash prize.

Award Film Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best First Non-Feature Film 75,000/- each
Best Biographical Film / Best Historical Reconstruction / Compilation Film 50,000/- each
Best Arts / Cultural Film 50,000/- each
Best Environment Film including Best Agricultural Film 50,000/- each
Best Promotional Film 50,000/- each
Best Film on Social Issues 50,000/- each
Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film 50,000/- each
Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film 50,000/- each
Best Exploration / Adventure Film (including sports) 50,000/- each
Best Investigative Film 50,000/- each
Best Animation Film 50,000/- each
Best Short Fiction Film 50,000/- each
Best Film on Family Welfare 50,000/- each
Best Cinematography 50,000/- each
Best Audiography 50,000/-
Best Audiography
 • Location Sound Recordist
50,000/-
Best Editing 50,000/-
Best Music Direction 50,000/-
Best Narration / Voice Over 50,000/-
Special Jury Award 50,000/- each
Special Mention Certificate only

Best Writing on Cinema[edit]

The awards aim at encouraging study and appreciation of cinema as an art form and dissemination of information and critical appreciation of this art-form through publication of books, articles, reviews etc.

Golden Lotus Award[edit]

Official Name: Swarna Kamal

All the awardees are awarded with the Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal) accompanied with a cash prize.

Award Book Language Awardee(s) Cash Prize
Best Book on Cinema 75,000/- each
Best Film Critic 75,000/-
Special Mention Certificate Only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Economic Times". IANS. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Call for entries; 66th National Film Awards for 2018" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 38. Retrieved 12 April 2013.

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