In their 67th year, the National Film Awards were announced last week. In a press statement, The New York Indian Film Festival saluted all the winners. It was a rather proud moment for NYIFF because many of the films that screened at NYIFF in 2019 and 2020 got recognition.
The list of National Film Award winners for the year 2019 included: Manoj Bajpayee, Best Actor Award for Bhosle (NYIFF 2019), directed by Devashish Makhija. Manoj won NYIFF’s Best Actor Award for Guli Guleiyan (NYIFF 2018), Naga Vishal, Best Child Actor for K.D. (NYIFF 2019), directed by Madhumita Vijay, Kalla Nottam/ The False Eye (NYIFF 2020), Best Malayalam Film, directed by Rahul Riji Nair, Kastoori/ Musk (NYIFF 2020), Best Children’s Film, directed by Vinod Kamble, Sudhanshu Saria, Best Director, Non-Feature Film (Short Film), Knock, Knock, Knock (NYIFF 2020) and Mandar Kamalapurkar, Best Sound Designer for Trijya (NYIFF 2020), directed by Akshay Indikar.
Aseem Chabbra, Festival Director for NYIFF said, "The Indo-American Arts Council and the New York Indian Film Festival congratulate all the winners. NYIFF shares the same objective as the National Film Awards - to celebrate and support the cinematic talents of India, about India and for India and to give due recognition to films in all the Indian languages. Hence, we take pride that audiences in the New York Tri-State Area and across the world were able to access and view these films before they became more widely available. Our curators will continue to seek out the best artistic talent and promote them.”