The winners of the 66th National Film Awards will be declared after the general elections come to an end. The National Film Awards winners are usually named in the month of April every year, but with the 17th Lok Sabha polls this year, it has been pushed to after the elections are over.
However, this year elections to the 17th Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assemblies of four states are underway and the Awards also include one for the most film friendly state.
Since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in force, which facilitates level playing field to all political parties and the candidates and inter alia seeks to ensure that the power of media is not used in such a manner which affects the general conduct and level playing field during the election process, it has been decided to declare the awards after the election process is over and the MCC concludes.
The National Film Awards honours the best of Indian cinema in an event that takes place in New Delhi on May 3 every year. The date this year is yet to be declared. 2019’s event will see films of the past year in competition.