National Film Award for Best Scientific Film

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National Film Award for Best Scientific Film
National award for contributions to short film
Sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals
Formerly calledBest Scientific Film (including Environment and Ecology) (1984–90)
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$700)
First awarded1984
Last awarded2013
Most recent winnerThe Pad Piper
Highlights
Total awarded21
First winnerAranya Aamar

The National Film Award for Best Scientific 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 1984, at 32nd 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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Awarded as Best Scientific Film / Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film
*
Indicates a joint award for that year
List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
YearFilm(s)Language(s)Producer(s)Director(s)CitationRefs.
1984
(32nd)
Aranya Aamar Bengali West Bengal Ministry of Forest Tarun Majumdar  
1985
(33rd)
Power to the PeopleEnglishB. N. MehraK. Balakrishnan Nair
For its convincing portrayal of the importance of a people's movement for scientific attitude towards social change.
[2]
1986
(34th)
Kaamdhenu RedeemedEnglish Radha Narayanan
 Mohi-Ud-Din Mirza
Mohi-Ud-Din Mirza
For its very effective use of cinematographic medium for covering modern scientific methods of cattle breeding.
[3]
1987
(35th)
A Cooperative for Snake CatchersEnglishEco Media Pvt Ltd  Romulus Whitaker
 Shekar Dattatri
For informative portrayal of concepts such as the use of traditional skills and knowledge existing in a tribal society for the common good, indirectly spreading a scientific temper all around.
[4]
1988
(36th)
Reconstructive Surgery Leprosy (Hand)EnglishJal MehtaAnil Revankar
For its meticulous and credible account of the reconstructive surgery on disfigured and disabled hands, evoking confidence in the scientific method and in indigenous endeavour.
[5]
1989
(37th)
Neuropathic Foot in LeprosyEnglishJal MehtaVishram Revankar
For a well made specialised film effectively communicating the course of treatment in a serious disease.
[6]
1990
(38th)
Biotechnology: Some PossibilitiesEnglishGul Bahar Singh for Films Division Nishith Banerjee
For trading through new horizons of the futuristic, yet scientifically realisable possibilities at the threshold of a new era, with technical finesse.
[7]
1991
(39th)
Silent Valley: An Indian Rain forestEnglishEco Media Pvt Ltd Shekar Dattatri
 Revati Mukherjee
For its painstaking and inspiring presentation of the ecological heritage and the threat to the environment.
[8]
1992
(40th)
Chunauti Marathi D. G. Information and Public Relations, Government of Maharashtra Dinkar Chowdhary
For its daring presentation in a befitting manner of the most dangerous disease of present times – AIDS.
[9]
1993
(41st)
No Award [10]
1994
(42nd)
Another Way of LearningEnglishComet Media FoundationChandita Mukherjee
For being at once precise and warm in its approach to teaching processes.
[11]
1995
(43rd)
A Celestial Tryst
(N. M. No. 291)
EnglishY. N. Engineer for Films DivisionY. N. Engineer for Films Division
For presenting the total solar eclipse in all its captivating beauty, while providing relevant scientific information.
[12]
1996
(44th)
No Award [13]
1997
(45th)
AyurvedaEnglishD. Gautaman for Films DivisionBhanumurthy Alur
For an effective depiction of our ancient ayurvedic transition, and its reabsorption into mainstream medicine.
[14]
Cancer Hindi Bhanumurthy Alur for Films DivisionC. K. M. Rao
The film shatters many outdated beliefs about cancer and gives useful information about its prophylactic and curative treatment.
1998
(46th)
No Award [15]
1999
(47th)
No Award [16]
2000
(48th)
Vedic MathematicsEnglishBhanumurthy Alur for Films DivisionK. Jagjivan Ram for Films Division
For presenting a scientific method of Mathematical calculations, existing in the Vedas and relating the relevance of this knowledge to the present times.
[17]
2001
(49th)
No Award [18]
2002
(50th)
No Award [19]
2003
(51st)
The 18 Elephant: Three MonologuesDagger-14-plain.png Malayalam Savithri DivakaranP. Balan
For using the novel method of elephants narrating their own story (in human voice) to raise a cry against "man centric" concept of development. The film also succeeds in raising bigger issues of ecological balance, and cruelty to animals.
[20]
2004
(52nd)
Timeless Traveller-The Horseshoe CrabDagger-14-plain.pngEnglish Riverbank Studios Gautam Pandey
For venturing to explore the most enigmatic creature, very scientific and analytic manner effectively urging mankind to conserve this unique species.
[21]
2005
(53rd)
Under This SunDagger-14-plain.pngBengaliNilanjan BhattacharyaNilanjan Bhattacharya
For a thought provoking film on environmental diversity with excellent Cinematography, Music, Editing and Sound Design.
[22]
2006
(54th)
Kalpavriksha: Legacy Of ForestsDagger-14-plain.pngEnglish Mike Pandey Nina Subramani
For bringing out the symbiotic relationship between forests and human life and underlining the need for conserving the rich bio diversity still existing in our remaining forests.
[23]
2007
(55th)
No Award [24]
2008
(56th)
TripEnglish FTII Emmanuel Palo
For the film with a simple, almost lighthearted, treatment evolves into a powerful message of conservation. Using an unconventional music track and animation, the film jolts the viewer to relook at waste and pollution.
[25]
2009
(57th)
No Award [26]
2010
(58th)
Heart to HeartManipuri and EnglishRotary Club of ImphalBachaspatimayum Sunzu
For a very well constructed reality with an engaging dramatic sensibility, that depicts the grimness of natural health maladies. It guides the viewer through emotions and playful spirit of the child. With the help of medical science, it enlightens the viewer with awareness of Congenital Heart Defect and its promising treatment.
[27]
2011
(59th)
No Award [28]
2012
(60th)
No Award [29]
2013
(61st)
The Pad PiperEnglishAkanksha Sood SinghAkanksha Sood Singh
For its portrayal of a sensitive man with a profound belief in appropriate technology who came up with a simple piece of engineering – an affordable sanitary napkin that has had an extraordinary impact on the health of millions of poor women.
[30]
2014
(62nd)
No Award [31]
2015
(63rd)
No Award [32]
2016
(64th)
No Award [33]
2018
(66th)
G D Naidu The Edison Of IndiaEnglish Films Division of India K. Ranjith Kumar
2017
(65th)
No Award

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