Kerala State Film Award for Best Director
|Kerala State Film Award for Best Director|
|State award for contributions to Malayalam cinema|
|Awarded for||Award for excellence in direction|
|Sponsored by||Kerala State Chalachitra Academy|
|Most recent winner||Vidhu Vincent|
|First winner||A. Vincent|
The Kerala State Film Award for Best Director is an honour presented annually at the Kerala State Film Awards of India since 1969. It is given to a film director who has exhibited outstanding directing while working in the Malayalam film industry. Until 1997, the awards were managed directly by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. Since 1998, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, an autonomous non-profit organisation functioning under the Department of Cultural Affairs, has been exercising control over the awards. The awardees, decided by an independent jury formed by the academy, are declared by the Minister for Cultural Affairs and are presented by the Chief Minister.
The 1st Kerala State Film Awards ceremony was held in 1970 with cinematographer-director A. Vincent receiving the Best Director award for his work in Nadhi (1969). Throughout the years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Government of Kerala has presented a total of 47 Best Director awards to 25 different filmmakers. The late filmmaker G. Aravindan is the most frequent winner in this category with seven awards. He is followed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan (six awards), K. S. Sethumadhavan (four awards) and Shyamaprasad (four awards). As of 2017, five directors—Shaji N. Karun, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, T. V. Chandran, Hariharan and Blessy—have won the award two times in their careers. The Academy did not present the award in the 2002 ceremony. As of the 2017 ceremony, Vidhu Vincent is the most recent recipient of the honour for her work in Manhole (2016). She is also the first woman to win the award.
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