The National Film Awards are considered as one the most prominent and oldest film awards in India. The awards were introduced to honor and encourage films that are directed across the country which promote the integration and unity of the nation in cinematic form. The prestigious national awards were established in the year 1954. From 1973, all the award ceremonies were initiated by the Directorate of Film Festivals.
Each year the government appoints a national panel to select a winning entry. The award ceremonies are generally held in the capital city of the country (New Delhi). The President of India hands out the awards to the winners of all the categories for the year. The event is followed by the induction of the National Film Festival; where the common man can view all the award-winning films.
The National Awards are presented in two main categories, namely: Feature Film National Awards and Non-Feature Film National Awards. The jury for feature film awards consists of 13 members whereas; the jury for non-feature film consists of 5 members. The eligibility of a film is strictly judged by the jury panel under a section of rules which determines the entry of a film in the competition. The award ceremonies are not influenced by the government or Directorate of Film Festivals. Every year more than 100 films are directed across the country and are qualified for the award winning list.