Entries open for 59th National Film Awards

By Hindustan Times

The Directorate of Film Festivals has said that the process for inviting entries for the 59th National Film Awards 2011 for all categories has been set in motion.

The awards will have three Sections - Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema, officials said.

In case of feature films, there are 30 different awards including the award for Best Feature Film, Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director, Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and awards for films in regional languages.

The Non-feature Film category has 22 different awards including Best Non-feature film, Best Debut Non-feature film of a Director, Best Anthropological or Ethnographic Film and Best Historical Reconstruction film.

Only films certified by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 are eligible for entry in these awards, officials said.

In addition to this, there is also a National Award for Best Writing on Cinema which consists of two different awards - Best Book on Cinema and Best Film Critic. The deadline for submission of entries has been kept as January 17, 2012, officials said.

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