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. Paokhum Ama (1983) is the first full length colour feature film (according to the Academy's definition of a feature film) 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.
|Cinema of Manipur|
|No. of screens||approx. 80 screens in Manipur|
|Main distributors||MFDC (Manipur Film Development Corporation)|
|Produced feature films|
|Total||80-100 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||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||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.
|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||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.||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. Opened the 2nd edition of Fragrances from the Northeast, a 3-day festival of cinema from the Northeast||Wanglen Khundongbam||Feature|
|2015||Eibusu Yaohanbiyu||Won the Best Feature Film in Manipuri /Meitei Language at the 63rd National Film Awards.||Maipaksana Haorongbam||Feature|
|Auto Driver||Won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 63rd National Film Awards.||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. Winner of the Women of the Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival 2017. 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.||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.||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.||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 Won Best Feature Film Award at the 10th Dada Shaheb Phalke Film Festival 2020. Official selection for the 8th Delhi International Film festival India 2020 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.||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.||Amar Maibam||Non-Feature|
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