Cinema of Manipur

The Cinema of Manipur, also known as Maniwood, is the film industry in Manipuri language, based in Imphal, Manipur, India. The Manipuri film industry was born when Matamgi Manipur was released on 9 April 1972.[1] Paokhum Ama (1983) is the first full length colour feature film (according to the Academy's definition of a feature film) [2] of Manipur and was 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
Main distributorsMFDC (Manipur Film Development Corporation)
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 Manipuri films

Year of release Film Notes Director Type
1972 Matamgi Manipur[4] First Manipuri Feature Film. Received President's medal for Best Feature Film in Manipuri (Meitei) at the 20th National Film Awards. Bobby Wahengbam won the Golden Lotus Award at the 65th National Film Awards 2018 for writing a book on the film, titled Matamgi Manipur: The First Manipuri Feature Film Debkumar Bose Feature
1976 Saphabee Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 24th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
1979 Olangthagee Wangmadasoo Won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 27th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
1981 Imagi Ningthem Won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist (Master Leikhendra) and also for the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 29th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
1983 Sanakeithel Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 31st National Film Awards. M.A. Singh Feature
Paokhum Ama First Manipuri Colour Feature Film. Screened at Tyneside International Film Festival, U.K. Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
1984 Langlen Thadoi Second Manipuri Colour Feature Film M A Singh Feature
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 Non-Feature
1990 Ishanou Screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the 1991 Cannes International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri / Meitei Language and Best Actress - Critics Awards at the 38th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
1991 Meitei Pung Won the Special Mention Award at the 39th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Non-Feature
1993 Sambal Wangma Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 41st National Film Awards. K. Ibohal Feature
Orchids of Manipur Won the Best Environment / Conservation / Preservation Film at the 41st National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Non-Feature
1994 Mayophy Gee Macha Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 42nd National Film Awards. Oken Amakcham Feature
1995 Sanabi Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 43rd National Film Awards. Screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt. Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
1997 Khamba Thoibi Based on the Mahakavya (epic) Khamba Thoibi written by Hijam Anganghal Moirangthem Nilamani Singh Feature
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 Non-Feature
2000 Chatledo Eidi[5] Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri / Meitei Language at the 48th National Film Awards. Makhonmani Mongsaba Feature
2006 Guru Laimayum Thambalngoubi Devi Won the National Film Award for Best Biographical Film at the 54th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Non-Feature
2007 Yenning Amadi Likla Got entry into the feature film section of the Indian Panorama of the International Film

Festival of India (IFFI) 2007. It was among 21 selected feature films.

Mankhonmani Mongsaba Feature
2008 AFSPA 1958 Won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film at the 56th National Film Awards. Haobam Paban Kumar, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum Non-Feature
Challenge/Singnaba Won the National Film Award for Exploration & Sports at the 56th National Film Awards. Sunzu Bachaspatimayum Non-Feature
Sanakeithel Won the National Film Award for Best Narration in Enblishat the 56th National Film Awards. Natasha Elangbam Non-Feature
2009 Mr. India Won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 57th National Film Awards. Haobam Paban Kumar Non-Feature
2010 Heart to Heart Won the National Film Award for Best Scientific Film at the 58th National Film Awards. Bachaspatimayum Sunzu Non-Feature
Songs of Mashangva Won the National Film Award for Best Anthropological / Ethnographic Film on Social Issues at the 58th National Film Awards. Oinam Doren Non-Feature
The Zeliangrongs Won Special Mention Award at the 58th National Film Awards. Ronel Haobam Non-Feature
2011 Phijigee Mani Received award for Best Supporting Actress (Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi) and the regional award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 59th National Film Awards.

Selected for Indian Panorama 2011.

Oinam Gautam Singh Feature
The Silent Poet Won the National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film at the 59th National Film Awards. Borun Thokchom Non-Feature
2012 Leipaklei Selected for Jeonju International Film Festival 2012 held in South Korea, 18th Kolkata

International Film Festival and 5th Guwahati Film Festival. Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri / Meitei Language at the 60th National Film Awards.

Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
Manipuri Pony Won the National Film Award for Best Exploration / Adventure Film (Including sports) at the 60th National Film Awards. Aribam Syam Sharma Non-Feature
2014 Phum Shang Won the National Film Award for Best Investigative Film at the 62nd National Film Awards.[6] Haobam Paban Kumar Non-Feature
Pallepfam Among the 48 best feature films of Pan-Indian Cinema screened in the 10th edition of the Habitat Film Festival in May 2015.[7] Opened the 2nd edition of Fragrances from the Northeast, a 3-day festival of cinema from the Northeast[8] Wanglen Khundongbam Feature
2015 Eibusu Yaohanbiyu Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 63rd National Film Awards.[9] Maipaksana Haorongbam Feature
Auto Driver Won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 63rd National Film Awards.[10] Longjam Meena Devi Non-Feature
2016 Ima Sabitri Bagged the Best Documentary Film Award at the 15th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) in the National Competition section.[11] Winner of the Women of the Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival 2017.[12] Participated in Kolkata International Film Festival 2016. Opening Film, Indian Panorama IFFI 2016. Bobo Khuraiijam Non-Feature
Loktak Lairembee Participated in various International Film Festivals across the globe and won several awards. Won Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation at the 64th National Film Awards.[13] Haobam Paban Kumar Feature
2019 Naapal Won the Best Short Film Award at the 1st Edition of Guwahati International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival (GIDSAFF). RK Imo Non-Feature
Pe (The Umbrella) Won Best Short Film at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2019.[14] Rakesh Moirangthem Non-Feature
Ei Lakkhini Won Best Director Award at the Eurasia International Film Festival, Moscow, 2019. Won Special Jury and Best Art Direction Awards at the Manipur State Film Awards 2019. Selected for screenings at many other international film festivals. Hemjeet Nongmaithem Feature
Nongphadok Lakpa Atithi Premiered at the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival as the Opening Film of the Indian Section.[15] Aribam Syam Sharma Feature
2020 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 Feature
Eikhoishibu Kanano Premiered at the Jaipur International Film Festival [16] Won Best Feature Film Award at the 10th Dada Shaheb Phalke Film Festival 2020.[17] Official selection for the 8th Delhi International Film festival India 2020[18] Got selection at the 8th Indian Cine Film Festival 2020. Ajit Yumnam Feature
2021 Eigi Kona Selected at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2021 (Indian Panorama) in the feature section.[19] Bobby Wahengbam & Maipaksana Haorongbam Feature
Highways of Life Selected at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2021 (Indian Panorama) in the non-feature section.[20] Amar Maibam Non-Feature

See also

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