National Film Award for Best Scientific Film
National award for contributions to short film
Sponsored byDirectorate of Film Festivals
Formerly calledBest Scientific Film (including Environment and Ecology) (1984–90)
Reward(s)
  • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • 50,000 (US$630)
First awarded1984
Last awarded2013
Most recent winnerThe Pad Piper
Highlights
Total awarded21
First winnerAranya Aamar

The National Film Award for Best Scientific 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 1984, at 32nd National Film Awards and awarded annually for the short films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages.

Winners

Award includes 'Rajat Kamal' (Silver Lotus) and cash prize. Following are the award winners over the years:

Awards legends
dagger
Awarded as Best Scientific Film / Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film
*
Indicates a joint award for that year
List of films, showing the year, language(s), producer(s), director(s) and citation
Year Film(s) Language(s) Producer(s) Director(s) Citation Refs.
1984
(32nd)
Aranya Aamar Bengali West Bengal Ministry of Forest Tarun Majumdar  –
1985
(33rd)
Power to the People English B. N. Mehra K. Balakrishnan Nair
For its convincing portrayal of the importance of a people's movement for scientific attitude towards social change.
[2]
1986
(34th)
Kaamdhenu Redeemed English  • Radha Narayanan
 • Mohi-Ud-Din Mirza
Mohi-Ud-Din Mirza
For its very effective use of cinematographic medium for covering modern scientific methods of cattle breeding.
[3]
1987
(35th)
A Cooperative for Snake Catchers English Eco Media Pvt Ltd  • Romulus Whitaker
 • Shekar Dattatri
For informative portrayal of concepts such as the use of traditional skills and knowledge existing in a tribal society for the common good, indirectly spreading a scientific temper all around.
[4]
1988
(36th)
Reconstructive Surgery Leprosy (Hand) English Jal Mehta Anil Revankar
For its meticulous and credible account of the reconstructive surgery on disfigured and disabled hands, evoking confidence in the scientific method and in indigenous endeavour.
[5]
1989
(37th)
Neuropathic Foot in Leprosy English Jal Mehta Vishram Revankar
For a well made specialised film effectively communicating the course of treatment in a serious disease.
[6]
1990
(38th)
Biotechnology: Some Possibilities English Gul Bahar Singh for Films Division Nishith Banerjee
For trading through new horizons of the futuristic, yet scientifically realisable possibilities at the threshold of a new era, with technical finesse.
[7]
1991
(39th)
Silent Valley: An Indian Rain forest English Eco Media Pvt Ltd  • Shekar Dattatri
 • Revati Mukherjee
For its painstaking and inspiring presentation of the ecological heritage and the threat to the environment.
[8]
1992
(40th)
Chunauti Marathi D. G. Information and Public Relations, Government of Maharashtra Dinkar Chowdhary
For its daring presentation in a befitting manner of the most dangerous disease of present times – AIDS.
[9]
1993
(41st)
No Award [10]
1994
(42nd)
Another Way of Learning English Comet Media Foundation Chandita Mukherjee
For being at once precise and warm in its approach to teaching processes.
[11]
1995
(43rd)
A Celestial Tryst
(N. M. No. 291)
English Y. N. Engineer for Films Division Y. N. Engineer for Films Division
For presenting the total solar eclipse in all its captivating beauty, while providing relevant scientific information.
[12]
1996
(44th)
No Award [13]
1997
(45th)
Ayurveda English D. Gautaman for Films Division Bhanumurthy Alur
For an effective depiction of our ancient ayurvedic transition, and its reabsorption into mainstream medicine.
[14]
Cancer Hindi Bhanumurthy Alur for Films Division C. K. M. Rao
The film shatters many outdated beliefs about cancer and gives useful information about its prophylactic and curative treatment.
1998
(46th)
No Award [15]
1999
(47th)
No Award [16]
2000
(48th)
Vedic Mathematics English Bhanumurthy Alur for Films Division K. Jagjivan Ram for Films Division
For presenting a scientific method of Mathematical calculations, existing in the Vedas and relating the relevance of this knowledge to the present times.
[17]
2001
(49th)
No Award [18]
2002
(50th)
No Award [19]
2003
(51st)
The 18 Elephant: Three Monologuesdagger Malayalam Savithri Divakaran P. Balan
For using the novel method of elephants narrating their own story (in human voice) to raise a cry against "man centric" concept of development. The film also succeeds in raising bigger issues of ecological balance, and cruelty to animals.
[20]
2004
(52nd)
Timeless Traveller-The Horseshoe Crabdagger English Riverbank Studios Gautam Pandey
For venturing to explore the most enigmatic creature, very scientific and analytic manner effectively urging mankind to conserve this unique species.
[21]
2005
(53rd)
Under This Sundagger Bengali Nilanjan Bhattacharya Nilanjan Bhattacharya
For a thought provoking film on environmental diversity with excellent Cinematography, Music, Editing and Sound Design.
[22]
2006
(54th)
Kalpavriksha: Legacy of Forestsdagger English Mike Pandey Nina Subramani
For bringing out the symbiotic relationship between forests and human life and underlining the need for conserving the rich bio diversity still existing in our remaining forests.
[23]
2007
(55th)
No Award [24]
2008
(56th)
Trip English FTII Emmanuel Palo
For the film with a simple, almost lighthearted, treatment evolves into a powerful message of conservation. Using an unconventional music track and animation, the film jolts the viewer to relook at waste and pollution.
[25]
2009
(57th)
No Award [26]
2010
(58th)
Heart to Heart Manipuri and English Rotary Club of Imphal Bachaspatimayum Sunzu
For a very well constructed reality with an engaging dramatic sensibility, that depicts the grimness of natural health maladies. It guides the viewer through emotions and playful spirit of the child. With the help of medical science, it enlightens the viewer with awareness of Congenital Heart Defect and its promising treatment.
[27]
2011
(59th)
No Award [28]
2012
(60th)
No Award [29]
2013
(61st)
The Pad Piper English Akanksha Sood Singh Akanksha Sood Singh
For its portrayal of a sensitive man with a profound belief in appropriate technology who came up with a simple piece of engineering – an affordable sanitary napkin that has had an extraordinary impact on the health of millions of poor women.
[30]
2014
(62nd)
No Award [31]
2015
(63rd)
No Award [32]
2016
(64th)
No Award [33]
2018
(66th)
G D Naidu The Edison of India English Films Division of India K. Ranjith Kumar
2017
(65th)
No Award

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