First Awarded: 1954
Awarded For: Excellence in cinematic achievements for Indian cinema
This award is presented by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. This award was established in the year 1954. This is one of the prominent awards which was being presented in many different languages. This award is given in seven different languages like: Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. The second National film Award was presented on 21 December 1955. This award was presented with three different awards like: "President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film", "Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film" and "Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film" were instituted.