Bala Kailasam Memorial Award
The Award

An award for Innovative use of Media for Social Causes

The award is being instituted by Cinema Rendezvous Trust to celebrate Mr. Bala Kailasam’s spirit and visions. The award will carry a citation and a cash portion.

Bala Kailasam Memorial Award 2015 - Winner

Haobam Paban Kumar

The recipient for the first Bala Kailasam Memorial Award 2015 is Mr. Haobam Paban Kumar for his documentary film Phum-Shang (Floating life). Floating life, a 52 minutes film produced by Film Division is a quiet and fair-hearted investigation of the fishermen communities and their floating dwellings in Loktak Lake, North East India. In 2011, Manipur government burnt down hundreds of huts in the pretext of cleaning the lake and blaming the locals for the pollution of the lake.

The film won the Silver Lotus for the Best Investigative Film, 62nd National Film Awards 2014 and the Best Long Documentary, 8th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2015. He was one of the six emerging talents to represent India at Cannes film Festival 2011 supported by National Film Development Corporation India.

Nominations are invited for 2016. Pre-nominate here.

About Bala Kailasam
Bala Kailasam

Bala Kailasam, fondly known as BK was a highly respected television professional and an activist documentary film-maker. He was a man of vision who could foresee the impacts of mass media well ahead of the times. His visions of using media for social well-being, environmental upkeep & improvement of human conditions remain unfulfilled by his untimely demise in 2014.

Who are Eligible

Award will be for individuals or organisations working in any of the following platforms::

  1. Print Media.
  2. Documentary.
  3. Radio.
  4. Television.
  5. Social Media.

The work done by the nominee should have impacted India in a tangible manner and brought about a betterment in a society/ a state / the country.

Nomination Procedure & Deadlines

Award will be for individuals or organisations working in any of the following platforms:

  • Formal nomination date will be begin from Aug 16th to Sep 30th of 2016.
  • For work done between: 16 Aug 2015 and 15 Aug 2016.
  • Send in your entries to

All Entries should have:

  • Personal Profile of the nominee.
  • Work profile of the nominee.
  • A descriptive write-up on the productive impact of the work on society with supporting materials.
  • The nomination should be supported by articles, reports, documentaries or audio visual packages (on the nominated work and the nominee) with the clear date of publication or telecast.
  • Referrals from 2 eminent personalities.
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