Veteran wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi has been conferred with the V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at 14th edition of 2016 Mumbai International Festival (MIFF), Mumbai.
He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to wildlife filmmaking and is credited with filming several rare wildlife moments.
Bedi’s film ‘Cherub of the Mist’ based on the life of two red pandas was the opening film of this edition of MIFF.
About Naresh Bedi
- Naresh Bedi is eldest of the Bedi Brothers who are counted amongst the foremost wildlife documentary makers.
- He is a graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
- He has made numerous environmental films which have been shown on Discovery Channel, National Geographic BBC and so on.
- He has authored around 74 books on the subject of wildlife photography.
- Awards and Honours: He is the first Asian to receive a Wildscreen Panda Award and the first Indian to receive a nomination for the British Academy Film Awards.
- Government of India has awarded him with Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015.
About V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award
- The Lifetime Achievement Award has been instituted in memory of legendary film maker V Shantaram, who had headed the Films Division in the past.
- The award carries a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees.
MIFF: It is a biennial event (film festival) organized by the Films Division of the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and supported by the Government of Maharashtra.