Nila Madhab Panda
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|Nila Madhab Panda|
18 October 1973 |
Sonepur, Odisha, India
|Occupation||Film Maker, Director|
|Years active||1998 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Barnali Rath Panda|
|Relatives||Manav Rath (Brother)
Ritu Rath (Sister)
Nila Madhab Panda (born 18 October 1973) ) is an Internationally acclaimed Film Maker and Producer. Panda has produced and directed over 70 diverse and cutting edge Films, documentaries and shorts. These films are based on important social issues such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation and many other developmental issues in India. His films have won him several awards and critical acclaim. Most of his films have unique insights drawn from his own life, the metaphorical distance that he has traversed from a small obscure village based in one of the remotest parts of India, to metropolitan cities across the globe. His films are entertaining, yet portray profusely socially relevant themes; driving home the point that films can be a powerful medium of positive social change.
In 1998, Madhab founded Eleeanora Images, a Multimedia Production House.
His first iconic feature film, the highly acclaimed ‘I am Kalam’, has won 32 International awards, one national award. Amongst the most prestigious he won Viewers’ Choice award at IFFLA, People's Choice Award at the Montreal, Best Feature Film and best director award in California, Most Prestigious “The Don Quixote Prize” of the ICCF at Germany, Best film at Frankfurt and Bronze Cairo, The Prize of the International Center of Films For Children & Young People, Best film from the Indian Panorama by the Young Jury at the IFFI, Goa, Best Debut Director Aravindam Purashkaram, and many more.
His second feature film “Jalpari”, about female feticide and gender equality, was also well received by audience and was highly acclaimed. It received the prestigious, MIP Junior award at Cannes. His third feature film “Babloo Happy Hai”, was well received, based on Youths and HIV/AIDS. It was also well appreciated by audience and critics in India. His new film “Kaun Kitney paani main, a satire on water crisis in India released last August. The film is highly critically acclaimed. The film talks about the current scenario & how water will become a scarce currency unless we save and manage it.
|2011||I Am Kalam||One National Award and 32 International Awards|
|2012||Jalpari (film)||MIP Junior Award at Cannes|
|2014||Babloo Happy Hai|
|2015||Kaun Kitne Paani Mein|
|2016||God's Own People|
- “Jalpari” Got MIP Junior award for best film, 2012, Cannes
- Viewers’ Choice award at IFFLA, 2011
- Best Feature Film in Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2011
- People's Choice Award at the Montreal International Children's Film Festival, 2011
- Best Feature Film award at Silent River Film Festival (SRFF), California, 2011
- Best Director award at Silent River Film Festival (SRFF), California, 2011
- Best Child Actor award at Silent River Film Festival (SRFF), California, 2011
- Winner of “The Don Quixote Prize” of the International Cine Club Federations at the Lucas International Film Festival, Germany, 2010
- Winner of “Best feature film” at the Lucas International Film Festival, Frankfurt 2010
- “Special Jury mention” CineKid International Film Festivals 2010
- “International Jury’s Special Mention” at the Ale Kino International Film Festival, Poland 2010
- Bronze Cairo for Best Feature at Cairo International Film Festival for Children, Cairo, 2012
- The Prize of the International Center of Films For Children & Young People (CIFEJ) at the Cairo International Film Festival for Children, Cairo, 2012
- Special Diploma for the Best Actor Work at Minsk International Film Festival Listapadzi, 2011
- “Best actor work” at the Minsk International Film Festival 2010
- Winner of “Best feature film” from the Indian Panorama by the Young Jury at the 41st International, Film Festival of India 2010
- Best Debut Director – Aravindam Purashkaram, 2011
- Golden Elephant Award for the Best Screenplay at 17th International Children’s Film Festival, India,2011
- Special Mention to Harsh Mayar at the 17th International Children’s Film Festival of India, 2011
- Best Feature Film in CMS International Film Festival, 2011
- ‘National Award for best child actor 2011
- “Audience Favorite choice” at the Barbican London Children Film Festival 2010
- Audience Favorite at Barbican London Children’s Film Festival, 2011
- Best Feature Film, Dream Fest – Slatina, 2012
Other Awards and Recognition
- Padma Shri, 2016
- British Council- Creative Futures of India 2006 (Longest Journey award).
- UK Environment Film Fellowship 2005.
- Heroism in Cinematography, 2003 THP, New York
- “Excellence in media” for fighting the cause Female foeticide.
- United Nations Visual Media fellowship 2002
- “Odisha icon” 2011
- “Living Legend” 2012
- “Son of Odisha” 2012
- “Bharat Gaurav (India’s pride)” 2015
- Asia Pacific entrepreneurship award
- Karmaveer Purasakar
- PrameyaNews7. "Odisha's Nila Madhab Panda and Kosli poet Haldhar Nag chosen for Padma Shri Award". Prameya News7. Retrieved 25 January 2016.