Archive for August 12, 2010

Aha, finally! After making headlines almost every year for all the wrong reasons, seems like GOI has finally decided to clean up the mess (like the one on the left). Plus some good news for screenwriters – instead of one, now there will be three awards. Scroll down to read it in more details.

– The selections for National Film Awards for 2009 will be implemented under the new system. The following are the new features of the re-vamped National Film Awards:

(A) 2-Tier Selection System

(i) 5 Regional Panels has been constituted for pre-selection of films

(a) North– English, Punjabi, Dogri, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani and Central Indian Languages

(b) West – Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & Konkani

(c) South I – Tamil and Malayalam.   South II – Kannada, Telugu and Tulu

(d) East – Bengali, Assamese, Oriya and dialects spoken in Northeast

– Each Regional Panel would comprise a Chairperson and one member (both of whom would be from outside the region) and 3 other members from with the region.

– The screenings of the Regional panel as well as the Central jury would be held in Delhi.

(ii) The Central jury would comprise Chairperson plus 10 Members, of whom 5 would be the Chairpersons of the 5 regional juries

(B) New Award Categories

(i) Audiography – The following new awards have been introduced in this category  (a) Location Sound Recordist & Sound Designer

(ii) Music Direction – An award for background Score has been introduced, in addition to an existing award for Best Music Direction (Songs)

(iii) Best screenplay and Dialogues – 3 Awards have been instituted in place of the current award, namely, award for Adapted Screenplay award for Original Screenplay and award for Dialogues

– The cash prize for several award in both feature films and non-feature films categories have been increased.

– The sitting Fee of Jury Members have been hiked from Rs.1000/- per day to Rs.2500/- per day.

– The changes have been carried out following recommendations by an Expert Committee headed by eminent filmmaker Shri Shyam Benegal for up-gradation of the National Film Awards.

– The mandate given to the Committee, constituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was to re-invent the National Film Awards with a view to making them more contemporary and acceptable.

Hopefully we will have a controversy free National Awards next year!