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Four Films Division documentaries bag IDPA Awards


Mumbai /  July 25, 2017


‘Kapila’ and ‘Living the Natural Way’, the two documentaries produced by Films Division,  Mumbai, have won the Gold at the 12th IDPA Awards in up to 60 minutes and above 60 minutes category, striking a rare double honour. 


‘Kapila’ an eponymous film by Sanju Surendran explores Koodiyattam – the classical theatrical art form of Kerala, through the life and recitals of young exponent Kapila Venu. The 62 minute documentary by the FTII alumnus captures the genius of the artiste through performances, rehearsals, memories and desires. This is the fourth award for Kapila, having already bagged 62nd National Film Award, Special Jury Award at Vision du Reel, Switzerland, 2016 and Best Documentary Award at 9th SiGNS film awards, Kerala.


Kapila Venu is a disciple of the Koodiyattam maestro Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar and is considered the torch bearer of the art form.


Living The Natural Way’  by  Sanjib Parashar,  winner of  Golden Award in the Best film under non-fiction above 60 minutes  unfolds the  miraculous and tender process of the creation of a big river island with rich biodiversity on the barren sand deposits of river Brahmaputra by a tribal person over a period of 30 years. It  also focuses on the  destruction of the largest river island, Majuli in Assam.


Two more documentaries produced by Films Division of India have also been honoured.

While ‘Earth Crusader’ by Shabnam Sukhdev won the Certificate of Merit, ‘Silent Voices’ by Pritha Chatterjee got the honour of Jury’s Special Mention.   


‘Earth Crusaders’ unveils the life and ideology of internationally renowned architect Didi Contractor, known for working and experimenting with sustainability in building homes driven by a strong Gandhian ideology.  For the past two decades Didi Contractor has been passionately implementing her architectural visions in the Kangra Valley, at the foot hills of the Himalayas combining rural traditions with modern requirements


Pritha Chatterjee’s ‘Silent Voices’ tries to dig into three young Bengali women’s lives in respect of the sociological stand point and system of marriage.


Films Division, the oldest media unit under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry has been encouraging independent documentary production through funding, mentoring and finding outreach for issue based documentary films.


The IDPA Awards, instituted by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association, the apex body of documentary makers, are considered prestigious by film makers. Every year, IDPA gives awards recognizing excellence in documentary films production, student films,  animation films, public service films and a slew of technical categories.



The Films Division under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting also joined the ‘Green Maharashtra’ drive today by planting a number of saplings in its sprawling complex on Pedder Road in Mumbai. A total of 40 saplings were planted, with the hope of increasing the green cover at the complex, where the prestigious National Museum of Indian Cinema is also coming up.

Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification, Pahlaj Nihalani and other senior officials of the I&B Ministry media units including DG, Films Division Manish Desai, Director Swati Pandey, Addl. DG, Doordarshan, Sudarshan Pantode, CEO, CBFC, Anurag Srivastava and CEO, Children’s Films Society, Shravan Kumar also planted saplings.

Maharashtra forest department has launched an ambitious campaign of planting 5.5 crore saplings during this month. Out of this, 2.0 crore saplings are being planted in non-forest areas. Over 4,000 saplings will be planted in Mumbai city alone. To make tree plantation a mass movement, the state government has been making extensive use of mass media and digital media to propagate the ‘green Maharashtra’ message.

Films Division has prepared a two-and-a-half minute AV, ‘Harit Maharashtra’ incorporating appeals of Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, CM Devendra Fadnavis, Forest Minister Mungantiwar and Brand Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, which is currently being screened in cinema theatres across Maharashtra. Maharashtra Minister for Finance, Planning and Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar in his message has said “today, Maharashtra has a forest cover of only 20%. We need to increase it to 33%. Every single tree planted will increase the tree cover and help reduce the carbon foot print . In this regard, Films Division initiative is welcome”.





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Event ID 106/2015-16

Press Conference on

Mumbai International Film Festival –  MIFF 2016


Event  Press Conference on the forthcoming 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films   ( MIFF 2016 ) to be held from January 28 – February 3, 2016.

The Press Conference will be addressed by Mr. Mukesh Sharma, DG, Films Division;  Mr. Siddharth Kak, Actor & anchor;  Mr. Mike Pandey, Veteran documentary maker.


Mr. Jackie Shroff, brand ambassador of MIFF 2016 will also be present

Time 04.00 pm   
Day & Date Monday, January 25, 2016 
Venue J.B. Hall, Films Division, 24, Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026. 
Contact info. Vinay Vairale 9869043864
PIB Cordination sonaltupe82@gmail.com / sridhar.patil@gmail.com 

 Kindly depute your Correspondent / Photographer to cover the event .


P R E S S   R E L E A S E


Documentary festival bonanza  to start from January 28th in Mumbai

 Jackie Shroff roped in as the brand ambassador of MIFF 2016.

Mumbai | January 21, 2016


The 14th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious festival in the documentary, short and animation genre will be held in Mumbai from January 28 to February 03, 2016.


For the first time, veteran actor Jackie Shroff has been roped in as the brand ambassador of MIFF 2016, which is organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and is supported by the Government of Maharashtra.


Apart from the Competition Section, the festival has interesting packages like Homage, Retrospective & Special Package, Open Forum & Seminar, Workshop and Master Class etc.


The inauguration and closing functions will be held at the Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi at 5.00 pm on 28th January and 03rd February, 2016 respectively.


The screenings will be held at

  1. Films Division theaters,
  2. Russian Culture Center
  3. Sophia College Auditorium
  4. Doordarshan Kendra, Worli.
  5. University of Mumbai, Kalina.


Press Conference  

Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Director General, Films Division,  Actor & Anchor -Siddharth Kak, Veteran documentary film maker – Mike Pandey  & Actor – Jackie Shroff (Brand Ambassador) would address a press conference to give details about  MIFF 2016 on January 25th at 04:00 p.m. at J.B. Hall, Films Division,  Government of India, 24 – Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026.


Five documentary films produced by the Films Division of India have been selected in the prestigious Indian Panorama  of the 46th International Film Festival of India-2015, Goa. This  is a record for the 67 year old  film production unit under the  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, having  five of its best recent works finding place in the Indian Panorama  the same year.

The Jury selected  Phum Shang (Haobam Paban Kumar), Even Red Can Be Sad, (Amit Dutta), Aamar Katha: The Story of Binodini (Tuhinabha Majumdar), Spaces Between (Roohi Dixit &  Ziba Bhagwagar) and Tender Is The Sight (Torsha Banerjee) for the Indian Panorama-2015.. Shri Mukesh Sharma, Director General Films Division while congratulating the film makers and crew for selection in the Indian Panorama has informed that the FD films and  other films selected in the Panorama will be screened in the 46th IFFI,  Panaji, Goa held between 20 – 30 November, 2015. All the five Films Division films have been selected in different national and international film festivals and won critical acclaim and awards, he added.    Shri Sharma stated that while the Panorama films will be screened at select places after the IFFI- Goa,  DVDs of FD films shall be available soon for sale, both on-line and from Films Division offices.

Rangbhoomi which is an invocation from the text of semi-autobiographical play of the same title  by Dadasaheb Phalke  has also been selected in the competition section of the prestigious Rome International Film Festival, 2013..

Two Films Division films, Rangbhoomi (Dir: Kamal Swaroop) and Manipuri Pony (Dir:Aribam Syam Sharma) have been selected in the Indian Panorama of 44th IFFI, Goa. Rangbhoomi will be the inaugural film of the Non-feature section of Indian Panorama..

This sure comes as soothing news for documentary film lovers as well as film makers. Films Division, the largest repository of documentaries, many of them having vintage value has slashed the prices of the footage and CDs in a big way after a recent costing review.

The 8000 plus films including INRs, news magazines, documentaries, animation films, shorts and featurettes are now available on VCD/DVD formats at ` 90/ 170 apiece, including taxes. The rare visuals of Gandhi, Nehru, Bose and Ambedkar, freedom struggle etc. can be procured in Beta format for rates ranging from ` 270 to ` 324 per meter while colour footage costs between ` 330 and ` 396. The B&W and color strip (35mm) rates have also come down to as low as ` 320-384 and `470-564 respectively. It may be mentioned that these footages were earlier priced above `1000 in all gauges while the DVD price was ` 338. Along with CDs and footages, the sale price of film prints has also been revised. The down-ward revision in rates will be of great relief for feature and documentary film makers who depend on Films Division for rare footage. Lovers of films on Indian classical music, dance, cinema and culture too stand benefitted with the cost of VCD and DVD coming down.

While Films Division CDs can be purchased from its Pedder Road head office in Mumbai or from its Branches in all major state capitals and cities, the footage can be procured after completing the formalities from its HO. Queries can be mailed to publicity@filmsdivision.org.

(Anil Kumar N)
Officer In –charge (Distn)