Wildlife film maker & Padma Shri awardee Naresh Bedi has been honoured with V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award during the inauguration of 14th edition of Mumbai International Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films – MIFF 2016.
- The award was presented by Maharashta CM Devendra Fadnavis and MoS for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore
- The award is instituted in memory of legendary film maker V Shantaram, who was head of the Films Division in the past. It is comprised of a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs.
About Naresh Bedi:
Wildlife photographer and filmmaker Naresh Bedi is the first Asian to receive a Wildscreen Panda Award for the documentary, The Ganges Gharial.
- He is also the first Indian to receive a nomination for the British Academy Film Awards.
- In 2005, he was awarded with Prithvi Ratna Award by the Centre for Media Studies and United Nations Environment Programme.
- Cherub of the Mist, the first film on the conservation of red panda, received 15 awards.
- He has also won the Whale Award at the Wildlife Asia Film Festival, Singapore for his contribution to wildlife films.
- In 2015 he was honoured by Padma Shri.
About Mumbai International Film Festival:
Established in 1990, Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF), is a festival organized in Mumbai by the Films Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and is supported by Govt of Maharashtra.
- MIFF 2016 will feature 30 films in International Competition, including 12 from India and 27 films in National Competition vying for the Golden Conch Award.
- The festival will screen a total of 385 films over the 6 day event, which was kicked off on 28 January.