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 forBest Non-Feature Film of the year
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly calledPresident'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 awarded1953
Last awarded2018
Most recent winnerSon Rise
The Secret Life Of Frogs
Highlights
Total awarded87
First winnerMahabalipuram

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).

Contents

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
YearFilm(s)Language(s)Producer(s)Director(s)CitationRefs.
1953
(1st)
MahabalipuramEnglish Films Division Jagat Murari  [1]
Holy HimalayasEnglishFilms DivisionK. L. Khandpur 
Tree of WealthEnglishInformation Films of IndiaA. Bhaskar Rao 
1954
(2nd)
Spirit of the LoomEnglishFilms DivisionV. R. Sarma  [2]
DarjeelingEnglishFilms DivisionK. L. Khandpur 
Golden RiverEnglishFilms DivisionP. V. Pathy 
1955
(3rd)
Magic of MountainsEnglishFilms DivisionMushir Ahmed  [3]
Wonder of WorkEnglishFilms Division  
Education for LifeEnglishAma Ltd.  
1956
(4th)
Gotama The BuddhaEnglishBimal Roy Productions for Films DivisionRajbans Khanna  [4]
KhajurahoEnglishFilms DivisionM. Wadhwani 
A Village In TravancoreEnglishArt Films of Asia Private Ltd. for Burmah-ShellFali Billimoria 
1957
(5th)
A Himalayan TapestryEnglishBurmah ShellMohan Bhavnani  [5]
ManduEnglishFilms DivisionNeil Gokhale 
Dharti Ki JhankarEnglishFilms DivisionBhaskar Rao 
1958
(6th)
Radha KrishnaEnglishFilms DivisionJ. S. Bhownagary  [6]
The Story of Dr. KarveEnglishFilms Division Neil Gokhale
 Ram Gabale
 
Call of the Mountains Hindi Films DivisionA. K. Chaudhuri 
1959
(7th)
KathakaliEnglishFilms DivisionMohan Wadhwani  [7]
Mayurakshi DamHindiFilms DivisionN. K. Issar 
1960
(8th)
Kangra and KuluEnglishFilms DivisionN. S. Thapu  [8]
Saga of ServiceEnglishFilms DivisionDilip Jamdar 
The WeaversEnglishFilms DivisionF. R. Bilimoria 
1961
(9th)
Rabindranath Tagore
(Longer Version)
EnglishFilms Division Satyajit Ray   [9]
Our Feathered FriendsEnglishFilms DivisionGopal Datt 
Romance of the Indian CoinEnglishFilms DivisionG. H. Saraiya 
1962
(10th)
Four Centuries AgoEnglishFilms DivisionShanti Verma  [10]
Himalayan HeritageEnglishFilms DivisionN. S. Thapu 
The Telco StoryEnglishHunnar FilmsClement Baptista 
1963
(11th)
Song of the SnowEnglishFilms DivisionN. S. Thapu  [11]
MalwaEnglishFilms DivisionS. N. S. Sastry 
Jain Temples of IndiaEnglishFilms DivisionArun Chaudhari 
1964
(12th)
One DayEnglishJagat MurariS. N. S. Sastry  [12]
All Under Heaven By ForceEnglish J. B. H. Wadia J. B. H. Wadia  
And Miles To GoEnglishS. SukhdevS. Sukhdev 
1965
(13th)
Cloven HorizonEnglish Kantilal Rathod Kantilal Rathod   [13]
Across IndiaEnglishFilms DivisionGopal Datt 
1966
(14th)
1967
(15th)
India '67 P. SukhdevP. Sukhdev  [14]
1968
(16th)
EverestEnglishArun Chowdhury for Films DivisionN. S. Thapa  [15]
1969
(17th)
Amrita Sher-GilEnglish 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 BrightEnglishAshish MukherjeeAshish Mukherjee  [19]
1974
(22nd)
Man in Search of ManEnglishG. P. Asthana for Films DivisionPrem Vaidya for Films Division  [20]
1975
(23rd)
Winged WonderlandEnglishShanti VarmaShanti Varma  [21]
1976
(24th)
1977
(25th)
Deshratna Rajendra PrasadHindiArvind Kumar SinhaM. 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 RainbowsEnglish 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)
DaldalHindiKrystyna KhotePradeep Dixit
For powerful indictment of a social malaise-bonded labor-very sensitively handled and well researched.
[24]
1981
(29th)
Faces After The StormHindiYash 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 StoryEnglish 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 ProcessionEnglish 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 RayEnglish 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 DunesEnglishOrchid Films Pvt. Ltd. Gautam Ghose
For the sensitivity and feel for the subject expressed in its effective cinematic style.
[30]
1987
(35th)
Bhopal: Beyond GenocideEnglishCinemart 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 ImageEnglish 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 DoleyGautam 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 TheatreEnglishArundhati ChatterjeeAbhijit Chattopadhyay
For a deep and sensitive insight into contemporary Indian theatre.
[36]
1993
(41st)
Maihar RaagBengali 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 CommunicationNandan Kudhyadi
For its sensitive and imaginative transposition of music, into a dignified cinematic expression.
[38]
1995
(43rd)
TaranaEnglishY. N. Engineer for Films Division Rajat Kapoor
For its excellent cinematic interpretation of a traditional, mystic music form.
[39]
1996
(44th)
Sham's VisionEnglishManu 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 JamiBengaliRaja Mitra and AssociatesRaja Mitra
For its moving portrayal of a landless peasant's empowerment and his ultimate betrayal.
[41]
1998
(46th)
In The Forest Hangs a BridgeEnglish 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)
HindiArvind SinhaArvind 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 TrustArun 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 PeaceEnglish 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 SeHindiArvind SinhaArvind 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)
GirniMarathiTripurari 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 BluesEnglishAmitabh ChakrabortyAmitabh 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 SenSupriyo 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 SarangiSourav Sarangi
For showing effectively that disability is not an impedance to overcome the trials and tribulations of life.
2010
(58th)
GermHindi 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 PurswanePramod 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 KhanRaja 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)
RangbhoomiHindiFilms 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 SightBengaliFilms DivisionTorsha 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 AbyssEnglishChandrasekhar ReddyChandrasekhar 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
2018
(66th)
Son RiseV2 Films and Design Pvt. Ltd. Vibha Bakshi
For its powerful portrayal of the mindset and effects of female infanticide, one of the country’s most heinous mass crimes, and for portraying the courage of those who stand to fight against it where it is most prevalent.
[61]
The Secret Life of FrogsBedi Universal Ajay Bedi
  Vijay Bedi
For telling the tale, with profundity and beauty, of one of the world’s most unique and hitherto neglected amphibians.

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