Mumbai filmmaker Vinod Ganatra conferred Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award

Vinod has been invited to serve on the jury of over a 100 national, regional and international film festivals world over in the past three decades
In Frame: Vinod Ganatra
In Frame: Vinod Ganatra

Globally-acclaimed filmmaker Vinod Ganatra has become the first Indian to be conferred the prestigious Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award of South Africa for his contribution to films, an official said on Tuesday.

A well-known film-maker and editor from Gujarat, Vinod Ganatra is now based in Mumbai and was honoured with the coveted award at the ongoing 7th Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival, for his immense contributions to the world of cinema for kids. Vinod has already bagged 36 national and international awards, including the Janakinath Gaur Award from Doordarshan for his children’s programme, Baingan Raja. He became the only Indian filmmaker to receive the Liv Ullmann Peace Prize in Chicago, for his Gujarati film, Harun-Arun.

Vinod has been invited to serve on the jury of over a 100 national, regional and international film festivals world over in the past three decades. He has edited/directed more than 400 documentaries and news reels, produced 25 multilingual television programmes for children and youth. Acting in the children’s film movement, he was the Founder-Director of the Ahmedabad International Children Film Festival and Jury of Culture Cinema Film Festival (C2F2) and KidzCINEMA an international children’s film festival, both in Mumbai.

In Frame: Vinod Ganatra
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The director catapulted to world fame and picked up a string of awards for his debut, feature Heda-Hoda (Blind Camel), followed by Lukka-Chhuppi (Hide-n-Seek), which created a record for being the first children’s film entirely shot at the highest altitude in Ladakh. He followed it up with another Gujarati film, Harun-Arun themed on the India-Pakistan border in Gujarat, which premiered at the 26th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

For 12-consecutive years, Vinod has served on the Board of the UNESCO’s 1995-founded International Centre of Films for Children & Young People, and is an honorary member there at present.

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