National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film

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National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film
National award for contributions to Short films
Awarded for Best Non-Feature Film of the year
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly called President's Gold Medal for the Best Documentary Film (1953-1966)
Best Information Film (1967-1983)
Reward(s)
  • Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus)
  • 1,50,000/-
First awarded 1953
Last awarded 2016
Most recent winner FireFlies in the Abyss
Highlights
Total awarded 85
First winner Mahabalipuram

The National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organization set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for non-feature films and awarded with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1953, at 1st National Film Awards and awarded annually for short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners

Award includes 'Swarna Kamal' (Golden Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

Awards legends
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President's Silver Medal for Best Non-Feature Film
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Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Non-Feature Film
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Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Non-Feature Film
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Certificate of Merit for the Best Non-Feature Film
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Indicates a joint award for that year
List of films, showing the year (award ceremony), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1953
(1st)
Mahabalipuram English Films Division Jagat Murari  – [1]
Holy Himalayas English Films Division K. L. Khandpur  –
Tree of Wealth English Information Films of India A. Bhaskar Rao  –
1954
(2nd)
Spirit of the Loom English Films Division V. R. Sarma  – [2]
Darjeeling English Films Division K. L. Khandpur  –
Golden River English Films Division P. V. Pathy  –
1955
(3rd)
Magic of Mountains English Films Division Mushir Ahmed  – [3]
Wonder of Work English Films Division  –  –
Education for Life English Ama Ltd.  –  –
1956
(4th)
Gotama The Buddha English Bimal Roy Productions for Films Division Rajbans Khanna  – [4]
Khajuraho English Films Division M. Wadhwani  –
A Village In Travancore English Art Films of Asia Private Ltd. for Burmah-Shell Fali Billimoria  –
1957
(5th)
A Himalayan Tapestry English Burmah Shell Mohan Bhavnani  – [5]
Mandu English Films Division Neil Gokhale  –
Dharti Ki Jhankar English Films Division Bhaskar Rao  –
1958
(6th)
Radha Krishna English Films Division J. S. Bhownagary  – [6]
The Story of Dr. Karve English Films Division  • Neil Gokhale
 • Ram Gabale
 –
Call of the Mountains Hindi Films Division A. K. Chaudhuri  –
1959
(7th)
Kathakali English Films Division Mohan Wadhwani  – [7]
Mayurakshi Dam Hindi Films Division N. K. Issar  –
1960
(8th)
Kangra and Kulu English Films Division N. S. Thapu  – [8]
Saga of Service English Films Division Dilip Jamdar  –
The Weavers English Films Division F. R. Bilimoria  –
1961
(9th)
Rabindranath Tagore
(Longer Version)
English Films Division Satyajit Ray  – [9]
Our Feathered Friends English Films Division Gopal Datt  –
Romance of the Indian Coin English Films Division G. H. Saraiya  –
1962
(10th)
Four Centuries Ago English Films Division Shanti Verma  – [10]
Himalayan Heritage English Films Division N. S. Thapu  –
The Telco Story English Hunnar Films Clement Baptista  –
1963
(11th)
Song of the Snow English Films Division N. S. Thapu  – [11]
Malwa English Films Division S. N. S. Sastry  –
Jain Temples of India English Films Division Arun Chaudhari  –
1964
(12th)
One Day English Jagat Murari S. N. S. Sastry  – [12]
All Under Heaven By Force English J. B. H. Wadia J. B. H. Wadia  –
And Miles To Go English S. Sukhdev S. Sukhdev  –
1965
(13th)
Cloven Horizon English Kantilal Rathod Kantilal Rathod  – [13]
Across India English Films Division Gopal Datt  –
1966
(14th)
1967
(15th)
India '67  – P. Sukhdev P. Sukhdev  – [14]
1968
(16th)
Everest English Arun Chowdhury for Films Division N. S. Thapa  – [15]
1969
(17th)
Amrita Sher-Gil English B. D. Garga B. D. Garga  – [16]
1970
(18th)
No Award [17]
1971
(19th)
1972
(20th)
The Inner Eye English Satyajit Ray Satyajit Ray  – [18]
1973
(21st)
The Flame Burns Bright English Ashish Mukherjee Ashish Mukherjee  – [19]
1974
(22nd)
Man In Search of Man English G. P. Asthana for Films Division Prem Vaidya for Films Division  – [20]
1975
(23rd)
Winged Wonderland English Shanti Varma Shanti Varma  – [21]
1976
(24th)
1977
(25th)
Deshratna Rajendra Prasad Hindi Arvind Kumar Sinha M. Prabhat
For an objective account of the national struggle for Independence as reflected in the personal life of India first President. The film is an excellent example of historical documentation, while it portrays with much sensitivity Rajendra Prasad as a human being.
[22]
1978
(26th)
Rumtek: A Monastery Wrethed In A Hundred Thousand Rainbows English Romesh Sharma Romesh Sharma
For an outstanding film in which all the elements are so perfectly blended to create an evocative and informative picture of the continuity of life at this beautiful monastery.
[23]
1979
(27th)
1980
(28th)
Daldal Hindi Krystyna Khote Pradeep Dixit
For powerful indictment of a social malaise-bonded labor-very sensitively handled and well researched.
[24]
1981
(29th)
Faces After The Storm Hindi Yash Chaudhary for Films Division Prakash Jha
For a hard-hitting comment on a social problem capturing the anguish and horror of communal violence, made without compromise but with humanism and sincerity.
[25]
1982
(30th)
An Indian Story English Suhasini Mulay Tapan K. Bose
For an outstanding investigate report into a subject of national concern and for its moving, graphic and sensitive treatment of a controversial subject.
[26]
1983
(31st)
The Procession English Aurora Films Corporation Anjan Bose
For portraying the innocence of the Indian villager and making a political comment, with telling images of evocative sensitivity that needs no words.
[27]
1984
(32nd)
Music of Satyajit Ray English NFDC Utpalendu Chakrabarty  – [28]
1985
(33rd)
Bombay: Our City English Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For its deep concern for the problem of urban slums and the courageous presentation of the theme in an objective manner.
[29]
1986
(34th)
The Land of Sand Dunes English Orchid Films Pvt. Ltd. Gautam Ghose
For the sensitivity and feel for the subject expressed in its effective cinematic style.
[30]
1987
(35th)
Bhopal: Beyond Genocide English Cinemart Foundation  • Tapan K. Bose
 • Suhasini Mulay
 • Salim Shaikh
For its sincere, conscientious study of a very important socio-technological issue of recent times, which explores its subject with a multi-faceted and humanistic approach.
[31]
1988
(36th)
Kanaka Purandara Kannada Girish Karnad for Films Division Girish Karnad
For communicating, through the lives of Kanakadas and Purandaradas, the many facets of Bhakti, transcending all barriers of caste and creed, encompassing the love of man for man and man for God, using an unique fusion of different elements of cinema of the documentary genre.
[32]
1989
(37th)
Aar Koto Din Bengali  • Department of Information and Cultural Affairs India
 • Government of West Bengal
Shashi Anand
For a brilliant cinematic exposition of deep anguish and helplessness at the fate of large section of the children of our country.
[33]
1990
(38th)
Graven Image English  • Sumitendra Nath Tagore
 • Shyamasree Tagore
Abhijit Chattopadhyay
For combining the intimate portrayal of a sculptor in terms of biographical detail, bringing in the nuances of his art, summing up to an excellent portrait of a person, an artist, a period, and achieing this with high cinematic values.
[34]
1991
(39th)
Sons of Abotani: The Misings Mishing Dilip Doley Gautam Bora
For effectively portraying the life of tribe which lives on the banks of river Bramhaputra and its struggle to survive. The film is marked by its lyrical quality, serenity, sculpted sound and imaginative music.
[35]
1992
(40th)
In Search of Indian Theatre English Arundhati Chatterjee Abhijit Chattopadhyay
For a deep and sensitive insight into contemporary Indian theatre.
[36]
1993
(41st)
Maihar Raag Bengali Sunil Shanbag Arun Bhattacharjee
For presenting a candid and spontaneous portrayal of the decay of our heritage, as it is being engulfed by clouds of heartless commercialism.
[37]
1994
(42nd)
Rasayatra  • Hindi
 • English
Interaction Video Communication Nandan Kudhyadi
For its sensitive and imaginative transposition of music, into a dignified cinematic expression.
[38]
1995
(43rd)
Tarana English Y. N. Engineer for Films Division Rajat Kapoor
For its excellent cinematic interpretation of a traditional, mystic music form.
[39]
1996
(44th)
Sham's Vision English Manu Grover Shaji N. Karun
For its moving portrayal of an artist's rich inner vision which lights his outer world of darkness.
[40]
1997
(45th)
Jataner Jami Bengali Raja Mitra and Associates Raja Mitra
For its moving portrayal of a landless peasant's empowerment and his ultimate betrayal.
[41]
1998
(46th)
In The Forest Hangs a Bridge English Sanjay Kak Sanjay Kak
For the excellent cinematic documentation of the triumph of the collective spirit of human endeavor.
[42]
1999
(47th)
Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein
(Between the Devil and the Deep River)
Hindi Arvind Sinha Arvind Sinha
For its in-depth portrayal of an environmental disaster in North Bihar, of lives uprooted and rendered ‘amphibian’ due to the blind imposition of the development model of embankment of rivers.
[43]
2000
(48th)
Rasikpriya  • Hindi
 • English
Ministry of External Affairs Arun Vasant Khopkar
For its sensitive treatment of Hindustani art music, tracing its evolution and cultural confluence to the present times, rendered with an exceptional collage of visuals and sounds.
[44]
2001
(49th)
Sonal  • Hindi
 • English
Films Division Prakash Jha
For its excellent use of the cinematic medium to give an insight into one of the greatest dancers of India.
[45]
2002
(50th)
Narayan Gangaram Surve Marathi Khayal Trust Arun Khopkar
For the innovative telling of the story of the life of the great Marathi poet juxtaposed with the evocative visualization of his poems. The film makes brilliant use of image and metaphor as it evolves a complex and powerful narrative.
[46]
2003
(51st)
War and Peace English Anand Patwardhan Anand Patwardhan
For setting out to search for the roots of violence manifest in many forms in the current times- from communal forces to nuclear race, Shot in India, Pakistan, Japan and USA, the film achieves a multi-layered understanding of these deep rooted tensions- at the same time recording the aspirations for peace, harmony and secularism, in the backdrop of Gandhian thought.
[47]
Kaya Poochhe Maya Se Hindi Arvind Sinha Arvind Sinha
For a probing, thoughtful, intense, yet a non-judgmental record of the myriad faces of humanity floating around the Howrah Station that lies by the side of the river Ganga. The director with just his keen eye and an unpredictable symmetry of images, gains an inner eye into the mystery called people. It is as though an entire civilization is reconstructed through images of floating faces, people and sounds.
2004
(52nd)
Girni Marathi Tripurari Sharan for FTII Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
For projecting the impact of noise over a child's mind with excellent visualization and fine cinematic dramatization.
[48]
2005
(53rd)
Riding Solo to the Top of the World English  • Gaurav A. Jani
 • P. T. Giridhar Rao
Gaurav A. Jani
Made in the best tradition of Cinema verity, personal, vivid and natural. The film leads the viewer from revelation to revelation giving us an opportunity to come to love and know the "Changpas" and their unique lifestyle.
[49]
2006
(54th)
Bishar Blues English Amitabh Chakraborty Amitabh Chakraborty
For courageously treating a sensitive subject in a poetic form. It demolishes the myth that the practice of Islam is monolithic and not multifaceted.
[50]
2007
(55th)
Hope Dies Last In War  • English
 • Hindi
Supriyo Sen Supriyo Sen
For its sensitive albeit searching exploration of those in prisons in alien countries; a complex polyphony of variegated voices, the film is an endeavour to find hope in the midst of a struggle against despair.
[51]
2008
(56th)
AFSPA 1958  • Meitei
 • Hindi
 • Bachaspa Timayun Sunzu
 • Haobam Paban Kumar
Haobam Paban Kumar
For a courageous depiction of the non-violent resistance of the people of Manipur to protest against a legislation, which undermines the values of self respect and the fundamentals of democracy. The documentation process by various crews and the way it is chronicled offers multiple perspectives.
[52]
2009
(57th)
The Postman Tamil K. Hariharan B. Manohar
For a charming and heartwarming tale of a village postman caught in the web of changing times brought in by technology.
[53]
Bilal  • Bengali
 • Hindi
Sourav Sarangi Sourav Sarangi
For showing effectively that disability is not an impedance to overcome the trials and tribulations of life.
2010
(58th)
Germ Hindi Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Snehal R. Nair
Through abstract visualization and endearing black and white tones, the film depicts the human existence, afflicted by cancer, in a very sublime and somber tone. Along with the perception and growth, from child to youth and by the curious collection of thrown passport photographs, the film maker presents the changing perspective of the vision of the modern growing world in a very engaging manner.
[54]
2011
(59th)
And We Play On  • Hindi
 • English
Pramod Purswane Pramod Purswane
For creating a moving and compelling narrative of life and loss of a celebrated Olympian from a dedicated sports family. With simple yet emotive cinematic idiom, the film transcends the game of hockey and captures the aspirations of youth in small town India.
[55]
2012
(60th)
Shepherds of Paradise  • Gujari
 • Urdu
Raja Shabir Khan Raja Shabir Khan
For portraying the life of a nomadic shepherd family of Kashmir with an energy that goes far beyond empathy, creating a moving and compelling narrative that is vividly committed to its subject, illuminating extreme difficulties that are furtherdeepened by a politically vitiated social context.
[56]
2013
(61st)
Rangbhoomi Hindi Films Division Kamal Swaroop
For an innovative and artistic exploration of the themes and concerns of the celebrated pioneer of Indian cinema, during a relatively unknown phase of his life, which leaves the viewer moved and shaken.
[57]
2014
(62nd)
Tender Is The Sight Bengali Films Division Torsha Banerjee
For its sensitive and lyrical portrayal of ten-year-old Hassirbullah, who, though visually challenged, creates a symphony of sounds. The film captures his universe, his life and his talent, softly and gently.
[58]
2015
(63rd)
Amdavad Ma Famous  • Gujarati
 • Hindi
 • Akanksha Tewari
 • Arya A. Menon
Hardik Mehta
The kites soar high bringing alive the colours of the land.
[59]
2016
(64th)
FireFlies in the Abyss English Chandrasekhar Reddy Chandrasekhar Reddy
An intimately told story of a young boy’s quest for his dreams, vividly depicted in the claustrophobic environment of illegal coal mines.
[60]
2017
(65th)
No Award

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External links

  • Official Page for Directorate of Film Festivals, India
  • National Film Awards Archives
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