Cinema of Manipur

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The Cinema of Manipur is the film industry based in Manipur, India. It does not only include the Meitei language movies, but covers all the films made by the people from different communities residing in Manipur. The Manipuri film industry was born when Matamgi Manipur was released on 9 April 1972.[1]

A still from Matamgi Manipur, the first Manipuri feature film

Paokhum Ama (1983) is the first colour feature film (according to the Academy's definition of a feature film) [2] of Manipur and is directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. Lammei (2002) is the first Manipuri video film to have a commercial screening at a theatre.[3]

Cinema of Manipur
No. of screensapprox. 80 screens in Manipur
Produced feature films
Total80-100 films per annum

As the production of video films gained momentum, the Manipuri film industry got expanded and around 80-100 films are made each year, becoming the largest film industry in North East India, by number of film production per year.

Notable Feature Films[edit]

Year of release Film Notes Director
1972 Matamgi Manipur First Manipuri Feature Film. Bagged the President's medal (National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri) at the 20th National Film Awards.[4] Debkumar Bose
1973 Brojendrogee Luhongba Manipuri movie made by the first filmmaker of Manipur S.N. Chand (Sapam Nodia Chand). S.N. Chand
1976 Saaphabee Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 24th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
1979 Olangthagee Wangmadasoo Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 27th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
1981 Imagi Ningthem Won the Golden Montgolfiere at the Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes in 1982, becoming the First Indian Film to win a Grand Prix Award. Won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist (Master Leikhendra) and National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 29th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
1983 Sanakeithel Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 31st National Film Awards. M. A. Singh
Paokhum Ama First Manipuri Colour Feature Film. Screened at Tyneside International Film Festival, U.K. Aribam Syam Sharma
1984 Langlen Thadoi Second Manipuri Colour Feature Film. M. A. Singh
1990 Ishanou Screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the 1991 Cannes International Film Festival. Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri and Special Mention (Anoubam Kiranmala) Award at the 38th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
1992 Khonthang Selected for Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India, New Delhi in 1993. Invited to Singapore International Film Festival 1994 and Festival of SPARROW, Mumbai, 2008. Oken Amakcham
1993 Sambal Wangma Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 41st National Film Awards. Selected for Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India 1994. K. Ibohal Sharma
1994 Mayophy Gee Macha Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 42nd National Film Awards. Oken Amakcham
1995 Sanabi Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 43rd National Film Awards. Screened at the International Film Festival of India and Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt. Aribam Syam Sharma
1997 Khamba Thoibi Based on the Mahakavya (epic) Khamba Thoibi written by Hijam Anganghal. Moirangthem Nilamani Singh
2000 Chatledo Eidi Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 48th National Film Awards.[5] Selected for Indian Panorama of the 32nd International Film Festival of India 2001. Makhonmani Mongsaba
Paari First Manipuri children film. Aribam Syam Sharma
2002 Lammei First Manipuri video film to have a commercial screening at a theatre. It marked the beginning of a digital era in Manipuri cinema. Oken Amakcham
2007 Yenning Amadi Likla Got entry into the feature film section of the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India 2007. Makhonmani Mongsaba
2011 Phijigee Mani Received award for Best Supporting Actress (Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi) and the regional award for National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 59th National Film Awards. Selected for Indian Panorama 2011. Oinam Gautam Singh
Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film at the 59th National Film Awards. A movie which documents the shooting and production of the Manipuri movie 21st Century's Kunti. Mamta Murthy
2012 Leipaklei Selected for Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea 2012, 18th Kolkata International Film Festival and 5th Guwahati Film Festival. Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 60th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
2013 Nangna Kappa Pakchade Received Special Jury Award with the title Epic Mirror of the Century in Kinshasa International Film Festival 2017. Got selection at the 3rd Delhi International Film Festival 2014. Screened at Ladakh International Film Festival 2014 in the Indian Feature section. Makhonmani Mongsaba
2014 Nongmatang Screened at the 3rd Delhi International Film Festival 2014. Suvas E.
Pallepfam Screened in the 10th Habitat Film Festival in May 2015.[6] Opened the 2nd edition of Fragrances from the Northeast, a 3-day festival of cinema from the Northeast.[7] Wanglen Khundongbam
2015 Eibusu Yaohanbiyu Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 63rd National Film Awards. Maipaksana Haorongbam
2016 Loktak Lairembee Participated in around 16 International Film Festivals across the globe and won several awards. Won Best Film on Environment/Conservation/Preservation at the 64th National Film Awards.[8] Haobam Paban Kumar
2018 Magi Matambakta Selected for Bengaluru International Film Festival 2018, Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai 2020 and Delhi International Film Festival 2020. Won the Best Manipuri Film in the Jharkhand International Film Festival 2019. Makhonmani Mongsaba
Ei Lakkhini Best Director Award at Eurasia International Film Festival 2019, Moscow. Official selections at London International Motion Picture Awards 2019; Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2019; First Time Filmmakers Session 2019, U.K.; Mozimotion International Film Festival 2019, Netherlands. Hemjeet Moirangthem
Wonnam Entered in the competition section of the Itanagar International Film Festival 2019. A Tangkhul dialect film. Maipaksana Haorongbam
Laman Ama Got selection at the 11th International Guwahati Film Festival 2018. Sanad Aribam
2019 Nongphadok Lakpa Atithi Premiered at the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival as the Opening Film of the Indian Section. Official selection at 5th North-East Film Festival 2020, Pune. Opening Film at 12th International Guwahati Film Festival 2020.[9] Aribam Syam Sharma
Pandam Amada World Premiered at the Dhaka International Film Festival 2020. Selected at the 18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival and Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival, 2020. Oinam Gautam Singh
Eikhoishibu Kanano Premiered at the Jaipur International Film Festival and International Film Festival, Pune. [10] Won Best Feature Film Award at the 10th Dada Shaheb Phalke Film Festival 2020.[11] Official selections in 8th Delhi International Film Festival 2020[12] and 8th Indian Cine Film Festival 2020. Ajit Yumnam
Eigi Kona Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 67th National Film Awards. Got selection at the 51st International Film Festival of India (Indian Panorama) in the feature section.[13] Bobby Wahengbam & Maipaksana Haorongbam
2020 Nine Hills One Valley Special Mention Award in the Film Bazaar Recommends Section of the Film Bazaar 2020.[14] Haobam Paban Kumar
Nakamh-Riangsuanneic World premiered at the International Folklore Film Festival of Kerala 2021.[15] A Rongmei film. Kachangthai Gonmei

Notable Non-Feature Films[edit]

Year of release Film Notes Director
1971 Maipak: Son of Manipur First Manipuri documentary film to be screened publicly. It was produced by Karam Monomohan Singh. Debkumar Bose
1984 Pebet Best Short Fiction Film in the International Short Film Festival, Kolkata 1985. Selected for Panorama Section of the International Film Festival of India, New Delhi 1985. Heisnam Kanhailal
1989 The Deer on the Lake Won the National Film Award for Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film at the 37th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
1991 Meitei Pung Won the Special Mention Award at the 39th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
1993 Orchids of Manipur Won the Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film at the 41st National Film Awards. Screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, Japan. Aribam Syam Sharma
1995 Yelhou Jagoi Won the National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film at the 43rd National Film Awards. Screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, Japan. Aribam Syam Sharma
1999 Thang-Ta: The Martial Arts of Manipur Won the National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film at the 47th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
2004 Nongdi Tarakkhidare Selected for Indian Panorama of International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2004. Ningthouja Lancha
2006 Guru Laimayum Thambalngoubi Devi Won the National Film Award for Best Biographical Film at the 54th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
Ngaihak Lambida Got entry into Indian Panaroma (non feature section) of the 38th International Film Festival of India 2007. Participated in the Third Eye 6th Asian Film Festival, Mumbai 2007. Haobam Paban Kumar
2007 Ratan Thiyam: The Man of Theatre Selected for Indian Panorama of International Film Festival of India, 2008 and 11th Mumbai International Film Festival 2008. Oken Amakcham
Nirmala Chanu
2008 AFSPA 1958 Won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film at the 56th National Film Awards. Haobam Paban Kumar
Challenge/Singnaba Won the National Film Award for Exploration & Sports at the 56th National Film Awards. Sunzu Bachaspatimayum
Sana Keithel Won the National Film Award for Best Narration/Voice Over at the 56th National Film Awards. Natasha Elangbam
Nungee Mit Best Short Film in 2nd Cine ASA International Film Festival 2009, Guwahati. Screened at Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome, Italy, 2009; Mumbai International Film Festival 2010; PLAN 9 Festival of Experimental Movies, Prague, 2011. Chaoba Thiyam
2009 Mr. India Won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 57th National Film Awards. Haobam Paban Kumar
Ilisha Amagi Mahao Best Director Award in the Cine ASA International Film Festival 2009, Guwahati. Featured in the Indian Panorama of International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2009. Official selection at the 25th Munich International Film Festival 2010. Ningthouja Lancha
2010 Heart to Heart Won the National Film Award for Best Scientific Film at the 58th National Film Awards. Bachaspatimayum Sunzu
Songs of Mashangva Won the National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film on Social Issues at the 58th National Film Awards. Oinam Doren
The Zeliangrongs Won Special Mention Award at the 58th National Film Awards. Ronel Haobam
Cease Baby’s Whimpering Cry Official selection at Mumbai International Film Festival 2010 and SIGN 2010. Romi Meitei
2011 The Silent Poet Won the National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film at the 59th National Film Awards. Borun Thokchom
Noong Amadi Yeroom Official selection in Indian Panaroma of the 42nd International Film Festival of India, Mumbai International Film Festival 2012. 2nd Best Film in Manhattan Short Film Festival. Official selection at Beyond Bollywood Festival, Frankfurt. Romi Meitei
My Grandpa's Home Screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2014. A Poulah film. Alexander Leo Pou
2012 Manipuri Pony Won the National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film (Including sports) at the 60th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma
Kaangkhada Lin Received Best Director & Best Film Awards at Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) 2013 and Mumbai International Film Festival 2014. Romi Meitei
2013 Karfew 2nd Best film in Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2014. Romi Meitei
2014 Phum Shang Won the National Film Award for Best Investigative Film at the 62nd National Film Awards.[16] Best Medium Length Film at 18th International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Goias, Brazil 2016. Haobam Paban Kumar
2015 Auto Driver Won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 63rd National Film Awards.[17] Longjam Meena Devi
Eesing gi Machu (Colors of Water) Best Director and Best Film Awards at Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2015 and Mumbai International Film Festival 2016. Romi Meitei
2016 Ima Sabitri Bagged the Best Documentary Film Award at the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival. Winner of the Women of the Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival 2017.[18] Opening Film, Indian Panorama IFFI 2016. Bobo Khuraijam
Tou-Tai (Seed) Best Short Film in the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival 2016. A Poulah film. Ashok Veilou
2017 Bloody Phanek Selected for 9th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2017, South Korea. Screened at the Ethanografilm Paris Film Festival 2019, France. Sonia Nepram
2018 Look At The Sky Best Short Fiction Film at the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival Kerala, 2019. A Poulah film. Ashok Veilou
Fireflies Best Documentary Short at Arthouse Asia International Film Festival 2018. Official selections at Balkan Can Kino 2018, Athens; Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival 2018; 3rd Golden Tree International Film Festival 2018, Frankfurt; Frames Film Festival 2018, Mumbai; Davis Feminist Film Festival 2018, California ; "Cinema and You" 2018, Mariupol, Ukraine; Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018, Dhaka; Darbhanga International Film Festival 2018; Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2019. Johnson Rajkumar
Yours Faithfully Official selection at Global Cinema Festival organised by Film Federation of India. Romi Meitei
Naapal Won the Best Short Film Award at the 1st Guwahati International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival. R.K. Imo
Pe (The Umbrella) Won Best Short Film at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2019.[19] Rakesh Moirangthem
Daughters of the Polo God Best Documentary award in the 19th Annual New York Indian Film Festival.[20] Roopa Barua
2019 Highways of Life Got selection at the 51st International Film Festival of India (Indian Panorama) in the non-feature section.[21] Won Best Film Award at the 8th Liberation DocFest, Bangladesh 2020. Amar Maibam
I Rise Best Documentary Award at the Mumbai Short International Film Festival 2020. Best Film on Women and the Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Tagore International Film Festival 2020. Borun Thokchom
Motsillaba Mingsel Won Best Director and Best Child Artist awards at the Cochin International Shortfilm Awards 2021. Official selections at the Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2021[22] and the 12th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2021.[23] Romi Meitei
2020 Nawa Seidum Micro Film Finalist at the Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles, 2020. Outstanding Achievement Award at the Tagore International Film Festival 2020. Best Narrative Film in Moment International 2020. Lawrence Chandam
2021 Panthougi Liklam Best Short Film at Short Film Competition, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 2021.[24] Special Jury Mention at 13th International Guwahati Film Festival 2021. Rakesh Moirangthem

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