Vijaya Mulay Lifetime Achievement Award
For The Mother of Asian Cinema, (Aruna Vasudev)
In honor of the filmmaker, writer, educationist and film historian, the late ‘Akka’ Vijaya Mulay who fostered, encouraged and enriched filmmaking and film studies in India, the International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT) in collaboration the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) has instituted the Vijaya Mulay Lifetime Achievement Award, to be conferred in its 15th Edition March 6-12, 2020.
IFFT and FFSI are privileged to announce that the first Vijaya Mulay Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 will be conferred on a filmmaker, author, editor, scholar, painter, eminent jurist, and film festival curator Aruna Vasudev in recognition of her extensive and exceptional contribution to the world of Cinema, in particular Indian and Asian Cinema.
Aruna Vasudev is the Founder-President and now President-Emeritus of the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC), the Founder and Former President of the Indian Chapter of FIPRESCI, the Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, the Asian Film Quarterly Magazine, the Founder-Director of CineFan, the Asian Film Festival in New Delhi, and the Founder-Director of the Inner Path Festival of Buddhist Film, Art and Philosophy.
She has authored, edited and co-edited, and translated several books on cinema including Liberty and License in Indian Cinema (1978), Indian Cinema Superbazaar (1983), Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema (1995), the New Indian Cinema (1986), Kenji Mizoguchi and the Art of Japanese Cinema, Big Bhishma in Madras: In Search of the Mahabharata with Peter Brook and so on. She has also directed and produced around 20 documentaries. She has served as a jury for over 40 international film festivals including Cannes and Locarno.
Known as the Mother of Asian Cinema, Aruna Vasudev’s work for and in cinema has been recognized and honored throughout the world. The Tripoli Film Festival named its prize for Best Writing on Cinema as the “Aruna Vasudev Award”. She has been conferred with the Star of Italian Solidarity from Italy (2002) and the Chevalier of Arts & Letters from France in (2004). In 2015, Aruna Vasudev was honored with four-lifetime achievement awards from Iran, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Hawaii. In 2019, Aruna Vasudev was honored with the highest cultural award of France – de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters).
In Aruna Vasudev’s words, “cinema is unsurpassed as a carrier of cultures, bringing alive places that no one can know and experience physically in one lifetime — and festivals of films bring together people from hugely differing backgrounds which also one cannot encounter in one’s daily life.”
In her lifetime, Aruna Vasudev has embodied this purpose of Cinema. Her work in creating singular cinematic viewings, in enriching film studies, and in propagating film culture in India and Asia is unparalleled. She has served as a convergence point of film and art, a carrier of film cultures, and a curator of diverse cinematic viewpoints who brought together people from differing backgrounds through shared cinematic experiences.