Nominations invited for 1st Indywood Academy Awards

Indywood Academy Awards will cover all the regional industries of Indian cinema

The event will be held on December 1st at Hitex, Hyderabad

Bengali filmmaker Goutam Ghose is the Executive Jury Panel Chairman

IAA is an integral part of Indywood Film Carnival(IFC) 2018

Hyderabad (28-07-2018):Ushering in a new era for Indian cinema awards, the prestigious Project Indywood, a 10 billion USD initiative that aims to elevate Indian cinema to an international level,is initiating Indywood Academy Awards (IAA) at HITEX, Hyderabad on December 1st.

The Indywood Academy Awards, an integral part of Indywood Film Carnival 2018, is the first of its kind to move away from the traditional selection processes. Instead, it will rely on a multi-stage selection process that involves 1000+ members of the World Film Society and a 10 member Executive Jury Panel chaired by renowned Bengali filmmaker, music director and cinematographer Goutam Ghose.

The initial entries will be open to all and the contention list will be prepared internally.Following this, the short list nominations will be prepared based on recommendations given by members of the World Film Society. The Executive Jury Panel will take the final decision and declare the winners on December 1st.

Indywood Academy Awards aims to promote excellence in different categories of filmmaking, raise global attention for films that are not inherently commercial, and encourage production of quality films on a global stage.


The 10 member Executive Jury Panel will be headed by renowned Bengali filmmaker, music director and cinematographer Goutam Ghose.

The other members are:Ashish Kulkarni (pioneering animator), B Lenin (National Award winning film director, editor and screenwriter), Madhu Ambat (National Awarding winning cinematographer), Rangan Baradwaj (National Award winning film critic and writer), Ravi Varman Leading cinematographer), Shajith Koyeri (Leading sound designer), Viveck Vaswani (Leading actor, writer and producer), Vivek Agnihotri (Leading director, producer and screenwriter) and Mayur Puri (screenwriter, lyricist, actor and film-maker).

The World Film Society, a forum designed and developed for uniting film sectors across the world for the betterment of the global movie industry, will play a crucial role in preparing the nomination short list. Initiated as part of Project Indywood, World Film Society aims to support the movie industry by creating a close-knit relationship between motion picture associations and their related departments.

The Indywood Academy Awards will recognize excellence in international and Indian regional cinema as part of Project Indywood’s mission to unify global cinema cultures under one roof. Awards will be presented in 26 categories, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Performance in a Leading Role -Foreign Language Film

Entries to the 1st Indywood Academy Awards can be submitted or


  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Child Artist
  • Best Screenplay – Original
  • Best Screenplay – Adapted
  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Children’s Film
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Music Direction
  • Best Lyrics
  • Best Playback Singer – Male
  • Best Playback Singer – Female
  • Best Foreign Language Film
  • Best Performance in a Leading Role – Foreign Language Film



Project Indywood

Conceived by Founder Director Sohan Roy, Project Indywood is a 10 billion USD initiative to elevate Indian cinema to an international level. Through Project Indywood, the NRI investor turnedHollywood director aims to establish 10,000 4K projection multiplex screens, 100,000 2K/4K projection home cinemas, 8K/4K film studios, 100 animation/VFX studios and film schools adhering to international standards.

Indywood Film Carnival

Indywood Film Carnival, a flagship venture of Project Indywood, has been a platform to meet, connect and showcase the best of India’s numerous film industries with national and international stakeholders of cinema. It is the one stop shop for the entire spectrum of film creation including film makers, production houses, technology providers and aspiring artists to converge and make the dream of a unified Indian film industry a reality.

Continuing the success streak of its predecessors but bigger and better than ever, Indywood Film Carnival 2018 will return for its fourth edition from December 1st to 5th, 2018. The event comprises of the All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF), Indywood Film Market, Indywood Talent Hunt, Billionaires Meet and an array of Excellence Awards.

The Carnival is expected to accelerate the growth of Indian Film Industry through materialising big budget movie projects, co-production ventures and B2B meet generating business worth Rs 500 crore.

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