|National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film|
|National award for contributions to short film|
|Sponsored by||Directorate of Film Festivals|
|Most recent winner||Dreaming of Words|
|First winner||Pond Culture|
The National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional 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).
The award was instituted in 1960, at 8th National Film Awards and awarded annually for the short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.
Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:
|President's Silver Medal for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film|
|Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film|
|Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film|
|Certificate of Merit for the Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film|
|Indicates a joint award for that year|
|List of award recipients, showing the year, film(s), language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation|
|Pond Culture||English||Films Division||N. K. Issar||–|||
|Cotton||English||Films Division||Krishna Kapil||–|
|Wheat||English||Films Division||Krishna Kapil||–|
|Citrus Cultivation||English||Films Division||Krishna Kapil||–|||
|Coir Worker||English||F. R. Bilimoria||F. R. Bilimoria||–|
|Ahvan||Hindi||Dhruva Kumar Pandya||Dhruva Kumar Pandya||–|
|Virginia Tobacco||English||Films Division||P. R. S. Pillay||–|||
|The Evolution and Races of Man||English||National Education and Information Film Ltd.||S. Sukhdev||–|
|Indian Ocean Expedition||Hindi||Children's Film Society||Shanti S. Verma||–|||
|Sterilisation of the Female||Hindi||Films Division||G. H. Saraiya||–|||
|Play Better Hockey||English||Children's Film Society||Shanti S. Verma||–|||
|Akbar||English||J. S. Bhownagary for Films Division||Shanti S. Varma||–|||
|Forest and The Man||English||K. L. Khandpur for Films Division|| • Neil Gokhale
• P. B. Pendharkar
|Life||English||K. L. Khandpur for Films Division||S. Gangooii||–|||
|Sath Kutch Na Jayega||Hindi|| • Dhiru Mistry
• Sureshwar Singh
| • Dhiru Mistry
• Sureshwar Singh
|Atoms||English||(Late) Pramod Pati for Films Division||M. M. Chaudhuri of I. I. T., Kanpur||–|||
|Induced Breeding||English||K. K. Kapil||Suraj Joshi||–|||
|Tobacco Habits and Oral Cancer||English||A. V. Films||Arun Khopkar||
For its remarkable precision in describing the cause and effect relationship of tobacco habits and oral cancer. It gives a systematic and telling account of a scientific phenomenon and produces an overwhelming impact.
|The Magic Hands||English||M/s Little Cinema||Santi P. Chowdhury||
For the controlled style of the filmmaker which lends special eloquence to the images of the faces and the hands as also the graceful bamboo they work with.
|Mariculture||English||Films Division||C. J. Paulose||
For diligent research and meticulous execution.
|The Four Minutes||English||Vijay B. Chandra for Films Division||B. G. Devare||
For an effective and purposeful film made with imagination and skill which may save precious lives.
|Kooduthal Paal Venamenkil||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Development Corporation||V. R. Gopinath||
For a simple yet explicit film, with a down to earth approach, presenting nature's procreation with both restraint and beauty.
|Oval Crop||English||Radha Narayanan||Mohi-ud-Din Mirza||
For its qualities of technical excellence combined with the precision of content so vital to making an instructional film which sustains the interests of an audience even with its mundane subject matter.
|Mitraniketan Vellanad||English||Cinemart Foundation||Jagannath Guha||
For effectively bringing into focus the services of an institution engaged in tackling the rural problems at the grass roots level.
|For Better Living||English|| • Padmalaya Mohapatra
• Ghanashyam Mohapatra
For the competence with which an important social endeavour like the upliftment of the Adivasis is depicted.
|Paani||Marathi||Sumitra Bhave||Sumitra Bhave||
For expounding that self help is the best help and that solutions to individual problems of those of a society can be initiated and completed successfully, even within the development process.
|Chitthi||Hindi||Cinemart Foundation||Suhasini Mulay||
For its authentic and poignant enactment of the problem of illiteracy that is treated with compassion and gentle humour.
|Ser Alang||Karbi||Horticulturist, Karbi Anglong||Indrajit Narayan Deb||
For their sensitive handling of motivational messages through the medium of cinema.
|Yun Sikhlayen Akhar||Hindi||Ramesh Asher Films||Ramesh Asher|
For their sensitive handling of motivational messages through the medium of cinema.
|Ducks Out of Water||English||D. Gautaman||Raj Gopal Rao||
For beautiful imagery, elevating a routine theme to levels of aesthetic excellence.
|Natun Asha||Assamese||Beauty Sabhapandit||Arup Borthakur|
For being an instructional film in which form and content compete for excellence.
|A Story of Triumph||English||Poona District Leprosy Committee||Vishram Revankar||
For portraying human triumph over the disease of leprosy through the testimony of cured and rehabilitated patients.
|Kalarippayat||English||P. Ashok Kumar||P. Ashok Kumar||
For a unique picturisation of the martial art of Kerala.
|Towards Joy and Freedom||English||Haimanti Banerjee||Haimanti Banerjee|
For insight into the system of education being practised at Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan.
|AIDS||Malayalam|| • Nooranad Ramachandran
• Ganab Baby
• Ochira Sathar
For presenting information on this disease in a simple, straightforward and direct manner.
|News Magazine No. 268 (A)
Plague: Curable and Preventable
|Hindi||R. Krishna Mohan||Mahesh P. Sinha||
For its simple, direct and clear communication about the threat of plague.
|Home Away From Home||English||V. B. Joshi||Late Vishram Revankar||
For presenting ably how the vision of Dr. Karve has been turned into a reality for education and development of women.
|Rabia Chalikkunnu||Malayalam||Abraham Benhur||Ali Akbar||
For its credible and inspiring portrayal of a young girl who overcomes her physical and social disabilities and becomes a role model for society.
|Nirankush||Hindi||Venu Arora||Venu Arora||
For a powerful dramatic narration of a young social worker's endeavours to attack the deeper social prejudice behind the heinous crime of female infanticide.
|Silent Scream||English||Vivek K. Kumar||Vikram Kumar||
For its daring attempt to shake people out of their apathy towards youth in distress.
|Tulasi||English||Bhanumurthy Alur for Films Division||Rajgopal Rao for Films Division||
For the powerful portrayal of an aged tribal woman Tulasi's single-handed crusade against de-forestation and the resultant participation of people in preserving forests.
|Kanavu Malayilekku||Malayalam||Tomy Mathew||M. G. Sasi||
For its attempt to reassert the tribal identity and impart a sense of dignity to the tribal children.
|Fiddlers on the Thatch||English||Rajiv Mehrotra||Trisha Das||
This film is the story of "The Gandhian Ashram School" in Kalimpong but it is also a story of the deprived kids gaining their dignity and hope of a teacher who fed their bodies and spirit, all bound by the common thread of music. The director achieves a poignant blend of visual narrative and music to create a heartwarming tale of "sharing and caring" in this film.
|Filariasis||English||A. S. Nagaraju||M. Elango||
For a straight forward and matter-of-fact treatment of a major health problem that has no cure but that can be controlled.
|Prarambha||Kannada||Santosh Sivan||Santosh Sivan||
For sensitively portraying the struggle faced by an HIV infected boy who is dismissed from school. The film takes a playful standpoint to inspire and instill a positive attitude towards this issue.
|Polio Vs. Polio Victims|| • English
|Gulshan Sachdeva||Aman Sachdeva||
For an innovative campaign for the eradication of polio, the film follows the polio afflicted who take the initiative for mass awareness by going door to door.
|Advaitham||Telugu||K. Vijaypal Reddy||Pradeep Maadugula||
For the documentary which exposes the human apathy of class difference through casteism in a very evoking and natural style. Through fun-filled situations and distressing moments, the director portrays the anguished and tragic aspects of casteism effecting human value and relationship.
|A Drop of Sunshine||English||Public Service Broadcasting Trust||Aparna Sanyal||
For demystifying and creating awareness towards schizophrenia through the story of the courageous journey of a young woman.
|The Quantum Indians||English||Public Service Broadcasting Trust||Raja Choudhury||
For an extremely efficient and precise analysis of the contributions of three renowned scientists in a manner that not only educates today’s generation but also provides insights into complex scientific phenomena in an accessible manner.
|Komal||English||Climb Media India Pvt. Ltd.||Prashant Shikare||
For effectively and concisely communicating essential information to children to protect themselves from sexual abuse.
|Behind the Glass Wall||English||Gaahimedia||Aruna Raje Patil|
For its exhaustive exploration of the world and challenges of the autistic and their caregivers.
|Paywat||Marathi||Mithunchandra Chaudhari|| • Nayana Dolas
• Mithunchandra Chaudhari
A walk through on a winning path.
|The Water Fall||English||Syed Sultan Ahmed||Lipika Singh Darai||
A strong film that looks at issues of development and displacement through the eyes of an endearing protagonist.
|The Little Girl We Were and the Women We Are||Rahi Foundation||Vaishali Sood||
A poignant social issue handled boldly yet sensitively, steering the scarred past to a healing future.
|Sarala Virala||Kannada||H. R. Sujatha||Eregowda||
For highlighting the fundamentals of organic living through the life of L Narayan Reddy, whose simplicity, philosophy and knowledge is an example for others to follow, especially the young.
|Apples and Oranges (short film)||English||LXL Ideas||Rukshana Tabassum||
The metaphorical narrative of conflict and friendship between two teenage girls is brought out with a touch of humour.
|Dreaming of Words||Malayalam, Tamil||Nandan||Nandan||