National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film

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National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
National award for contributions to short film
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly called
  • Best Educational Film (1960–1967)
  • Best Educational/Instructional Film (1968–1985)
  • Best Educational/Motivational Film (1986–1988)
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1960
Last awarded2017
Most recent winnerThe Little Girl We Were and the Women We Are
Highlights
Total awarded54
First winnerPond Culture

The National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for non-feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

Contents

The award was instituted in 1960, at 8th National Film Awards and awarded annually for the short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners

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

Awards legends
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President's Silver Medal for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
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Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
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Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
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Certificate of Merit for the Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
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Indicates a joint award for that year
List of award recipients, showing the year, film(s), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
YearFilmLanguageProducerDirectorCitationRefs.
1960
(8th)
Pond CultureEnglish Films Division N. K. Issar  [1]
CottonEnglishFilms DivisionKrishna Kapil 
WheatEnglishFilms DivisionKrishna Kapil 
1961
(9th)
Citrus CultivationEnglishFilms DivisionKrishna Kapil  [2]
Coir WorkerEnglishF. R. BilimoriaF. R. Bilimoria 
Ahvan Hindi Dhruva Kumar PandyaDhruva Kumar Pandya 
1962
(10th)
Virginia TobaccoEnglishFilms DivisionP. R. S. Pillay  [3]
The Evolution and Races of ManEnglishNational Education and Information Film Ltd.S. Sukhdev 
1963
(11th)
Indian Ocean ExpeditionHindi Children's Film Society Shanti S. Verma  [4]
1964
(12th)
Sterilisation of the FemaleHindiFilms DivisionG. H. Saraiya  [5]
1965
(13th)
Play Better HockeyEnglishChildren's Film SocietyShanti S. Verma  [6]
1966
(14th)
1967
(15th)
AkbarEnglishJ. S. Bhownagary for Films DivisionShanti S. Varma  [7]
1968
(16th)
Forest and The ManEnglishK. L. Khandpur for Films Division Neil Gokhale
 P. B. Pendharkar
  [8]
1969
(17th)
LifeEnglishK. L. Khandpur for Films DivisionS. Gangooii  [9]
1970
(18th)
No Award [10]
1971
(19th)
1972
(20th)
No Award [11]
1973
(21st)
Sath Kutch Na JayegaHindi Dhiru Mistry
 Sureshwar Singh
 Dhiru Mistry
 Sureshwar Singh
  [12]
1974
(22nd)
AtomsEnglish(Late) Pramod Pati for Films DivisionM. M. Chaudhuri of I. I. T., Kanpur   [13]
1975
(23rd)
Induced BreedingEnglishK. K. KapilSuraj Joshi  [14]
1976
(24th)
1977
(25th)
Tobacco Habits and Oral CancerEnglishA. V. Films Arun Khopkar
For its remarkable precision in describing the cause and effect relationship of tobacco habits and oral cancer. It gives a systematic and telling account of a scientific phenomenon and produces an overwhelming impact.
[15]
1978
(26th)
The Magic HandsEnglishM/s Little CinemaSanti P. Chowdhury
For the controlled style of the filmmaker which lends special eloquence to the images of the faces and the hands as also the graceful bamboo they work with.
[16]
1979
(27th)
1980
(28th)
MaricultureEnglishFilms DivisionC. J. Paulose
For diligent research and meticulous execution.
[17]
1981
(29th)
The Four MinutesEnglishVijay B. Chandra for Films DivisionB. G. Devare
For an effective and purposeful film made with imagination and skill which may save precious lives.
[18]
1982
(30th)
Kooduthal Paal Venamenkil Malayalam Kerala State Film Development Corporation V. R. Gopinath
For a simple yet explicit film, with a down to earth approach, presenting nature's procreation with both restraint and beauty.
[19]
1983
(31st)
Oval CropEnglishRadha NarayananMohi-ud-Din Mirza
For its qualities of technical excellence combined with the precision of content so vital to making an instructional film which sustains the interests of an audience even with its mundane subject matter.
[20]
1984
(32nd)
No Award [21]
1985
(33rd)
No Award [22]
1986
(34th)
Mitraniketan VellanadEnglishCinemart FoundationJagannath Guha
For effectively bringing into focus the services of an institution engaged in tackling the rural problems at the grass roots level.
[23]
For Better LivingEnglish Padmalaya Mohapatra
 Ghanashyam Mohapatra
Ghanashyam Mohapatra
For the competence with which an important social endeavour like the upliftment of the Adivasis is depicted.
1987
(35th)
Paani Marathi Sumitra Bhave Sumitra Bhave
For expounding that self help is the best help and that solutions to individual problems of those of a society can be initiated and completed successfully, even within the development process.
[24]
1988
(36th)
ChitthiHindiCinemart Foundation Suhasini Mulay
For its authentic and poignant enactment of the problem of illiteracy that is treated with compassion and gentle humour.
[25]
1989
(37th)
Ser Alang Karbi Horticulturist, Karbi AnglongIndrajit Narayan Deb
For their sensitive handling of motivational messages through the medium of cinema.
[26]
Yun Sikhlayen AkharHindiRamesh Asher FilmsRamesh Asher
For their sensitive handling of motivational messages through the medium of cinema.
1990
(38th)
Ducks Out of WaterEnglishD. GautamanRaj Gopal Rao
For beautiful imagery, elevating a routine theme to levels of aesthetic excellence.
[27]
Natun Asha Assamese Beauty SabhapanditArup Borthakur
For being an instructional film in which form and content compete for excellence.
1991
(39th)
A Story of TriumphEnglishPoona District Leprosy CommitteeVishram Revankar
For portraying human triumph over the disease of leprosy through the testimony of cured and rehabilitated patients.
[28]
1992
(40th)
KalarippayatEnglishP. Ashok KumarP. Ashok Kumar
For a unique picturisation of the martial art of Kerala.
[29]
Towards Joy and FreedomEnglishHaimanti BanerjeeHaimanti Banerjee
For insight into the system of education being practised at Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan.
1993
(41st)
AIDSMalayalam Nooranad Ramachandran
 Ganab Baby
 Ochira Sathar
Nooranad Ramachandran
For presenting information on this disease in a simple, straightforward and direct manner.
[30]
1994
(42nd)
News Magazine No. 268 (A)
Plague: Curable and Preventable
HindiR. Krishna MohanMahesh P. Sinha
For its simple, direct and clear communication about the threat of plague.
[31]
1995
(43rd)
Home Away From HomeEnglishV. B. JoshiLate Vishram Revankar
For presenting ably how the vision of Dr. Karve has been turned into a reality for education and development of women.
[32]
1996
(44th)
Rabia ChalikkunnuMalayalamAbraham BenhurAli Akbar
For its credible and inspiring portrayal of a young girl who overcomes her physical and social disabilities and becomes a role model for society.
[33]
1997
(45th)
NirankushHindiVenu AroraVenu Arora
For a powerful dramatic narration of a young social worker's endeavours to attack the deeper social prejudice behind the heinous crime of female infanticide.
[34]
1998
(46th)
Silent ScreamEnglishVivek K. Kumar Vikram Kumar
For its daring attempt to shake people out of their apathy towards youth in distress.
[35]
1999
(47th)
No Award [36]
2000
(48th)
TulasiEnglishBhanumurthy Alur for Films DivisionRajgopal Rao for Films Division
For the powerful portrayal of an aged tribal woman Tulasi's single-handed crusade against de-forestation and the resultant participation of people in preserving forests.
[37]
2001
(49th)
Kanavu MalayilekkuMalayalamTomy Mathew M. G. Sasi
For its attempt to reassert the tribal identity and impart a sense of dignity to the tribal children.
[38]
2002
(50th)
No Award [39]
2003
(51st)
Fiddlers on the ThatchEnglish Rajiv Mehrotra Trisha Das
This film is the story of "The Gandhian Ashram School" in Kalimpong but it is also a story of the deprived kids gaining their dignity and hope of a teacher who fed their bodies and spirit, all bound by the common thread of music. The director achieves a poignant blend of visual narrative and music to create a heartwarming tale of "sharing and caring" in this film.
[40]
2004
(52nd)
No Award [41]
2005
(53rd)
No Award [42]
2006
(54th)
FilariasisEnglishA. S. NagarajuM. Elango
For a straight forward and matter-of-fact treatment of a major health problem that has no cure but that can be controlled.
[43]
2007
(55th)
Prarambha Kannada Santosh Sivan Santosh Sivan
For sensitively portraying the struggle faced by an HIV infected boy who is dismissed from school. The film takes a playful standpoint to inspire and instill a positive attitude towards this issue.
[44]
2008
(56th)
Polio Vs. Polio Victims English
 Hindi
 Marathi
Gulshan SachdevaAman Sachdeva
For an innovative campaign for the eradication of polio, the film follows the polio afflicted who take the initiative for mass awareness by going door to door.
[45]
2009
(57th)
No Award [46]
2010
(58th)
Advaitham Telugu K. Vijaypal ReddyPradeep Maadugula
For the documentary which exposes the human apathy of class difference through casteism in a very evoking and natural style. Through fun-filled situations and distressing moments, the director portrays the anguished and tragic aspects of casteism effecting human value and relationship.
[47]
2011
(59th)
A Drop of SunshineEnglishPublic Service Broadcasting Trust Aparna Sanyal
For demystifying and creating awareness towards schizophrenia through the story of the courageous journey of a young woman.
[48]
2012
(60th)
No Award [49]
2013
(61st)
The Quantum IndiansEnglishPublic Service Broadcasting Trust Raja Choudhury
For an extremely efficient and precise analysis of the contributions of three renowned scientists in a manner that not only educates today’s generation but also provides insights into complex scientific phenomena in an accessible manner.
[50]
2014
(62nd)
KomalEnglishClimb Media India Pvt. Ltd.Prashant Shikare
For effectively and concisely communicating essential information to children to protect themselves from sexual abuse.
[51]
Behind the Glass WallEnglishGaahimedia Aruna Raje Patil
For its exhaustive exploration of the world and challenges of the autistic and their caregivers.
2015
(63rd)
PaywatMarathiMithunchandra Chaudhari Nayana Dolas
 Mithunchandra Chaudhari
A walk through on a winning path.
[52]
2016
(64th)
The Water FallEnglishSyed Sultan AhmedLipika Singh Darai
A strong film that looks at issues of development and displacement through the eyes of an endearing protagonist.
[53]
2017
(65th)
The Little Girl We Were and the Women We AreRahi FoundationVaishali Sood
A poignant social issue handled boldly yet sensitively, steering the scarred past to a healing future.
2018
(66th)
Sarala Virala Kannada H. R. Sujatha Eregowda
For highlighting the fundamentals of organic living through the life of L Narayan Reddy, whose simplicity, philosophy and knowledge is an example for others to follow, especially the young.

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