Film Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinema Projection 2023


Film Heritage Foundation has instituted a Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinema Projection this year for the first time. The award will be presented annually and will include a cash prize.

With the rise of digital projection and the shift away from film on film screenings, the future of single screen cinemas hangs by a thread, film projectors gather dust and are being sold for scrap and film projectionists have been put out to pasture.

The aim of the Film Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinema Projection is to recognise the immense contribution of projectionists to our film history.

We are calling for nominations for an Indian projectionist who has dedicated his life to screening films on celluloid and whose outstanding service to cinema must be recognized. The nominations will be vetted by a selection committee who will select the winning candidate.

The recipient of the award will be honoured at a special ceremony during the Film Projection in Practice Workshop in Mumbai on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 06:00 pm at the Regal Cinema.

FHF Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan calls for nominations for our Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinema Projection 2023




Film Heritage Foundation सन् 2023 के लाइफ़टाइम अचीवमेंट अवार्ड फॉर सिनेमा projection के लिए नामांकन आमंत्रित कर रहा है. ये दुनियाँ में अपनी तरह का पहला अवार्ड है, जो सिनेमा का जादू  सिल्वर स्क्रीन पर जगाने वाले, अंधेरे में जिंदगी बिताने वाले  उन गुमनाम heroes को हर साल दिया जाएगा, जिनकी वजह से फ़िल्मी हीरो रौशन होते हैं. 

आज सेल्युलॉइड से फिल्मों को प्रोजेक्ट करना, दिन-ब-दिन बहुत कम होता जा रहा है और देश भर के कई प्रोजेक्शनिस्ट ने अपनी नौकरियां खोते जा रहे हैं. ऐसे हालात में FHF मुल्क की फिल्म विरासत में उनके महत्वपूर्ण योगदान के लिए projectionists को सम्मानित करना चाहता है।

और हाँ, इस अवार्ड में पुरस्कार-राशि भी शामिल है. 26 जुलाई, 2023 को मुंबई के रीगल सिनेमा में शाम 6 बजे एक विशेष समारोह में यह सम्मान प्रदान किया जाएगा।

अगर आप किसी ऐसे प्रोजेक्शनिस्ट को नामांकित करें, जिन्होंने अपनी जिंदगी सेल्युलॉइड की फिल्मों की स्क्रीनिंग के लिए समर्पित कर दी हो, तो सिनेमा की इस उत्कृष्ट सेवा के लिए उन्हें मान्यता दी जायेगी.

नामांकन 30 जून, 2023 को बंद हो गया है।


Mohammed Aslam Fakih, one of the recipients of the award, began his career in 1970. Over the last 53 years, he has worked with a variety of projectors from carbon arc to 35 mm to 70 mm projectors at Capitol Cinema and Regal Cinema in Mumbai where he continues to be employed as the projectionist.
Lakhan Lal Yadav, one of the recipients of the award, has spent 53 years working as a projectionist at Amardeep Cinema and Raj Talkies in Raipur. Over half a century, he has worked on analogue projectors with spools, Xenon projectors with platter, digital non-DCI and is now working on DCI projectors at Raj Talkies.
P.A. Salam, one of the recipients of the award, has served as a projectionist for 48 years at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and travelled all over India projecting films for the NFAI. Over decades, Salam has projected films for film scholars, cinephiles and film students, many of them who went on to become celebrated filmmakers.


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