FIAF Award 2021 – Legendary Actor Amitabh Bachchan Conferred with the Prestigious Award at a Virtual Ceremony Held on March 19
Indian film luminary Amitabh Bachchan was conferred with the prestigious 2021 FIAF Award by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the worldwide organization of film archives and museums from across the world, at a virtual showcase that took place on March 19, 2021. The actor accepted the award from Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
He is the first Indian actor to receive this award for his supported endeavors towards the preservation of India’s film legacy. Sharing a picture with the award, he took to his Instagram handle and wrote, “I am deeply honored to have been conferred with the 2021 FIAF Award. Thank you to FIAF and to Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan for bestowing the award on me in the ceremony today. Our commitment to the cause of saving India’s film heritage is unshakable and Film Heritage Foundation will continue its efforts to build a nationwide movement to save our films.”
Filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, who have been previous recipients, joined the commemoration ceremony virtually from Los Angeles & the UK. Praising Amitabh Bachchan for hi outstanding contribution, Martin said, “Cinema is over a century old and sadly, tragically, much of this rich and very diverse film heritage has been lost forever. Safeguarding cinema is a global cause with champions all over the world. Amitabh Bachchan’s advocacy for preserving India’s film heritage really has been exceptional.
Christopher also praised the actor during the ceremony & said “I had the privilege of meeting this living legend of Indian cinema a couple of years ago at an event hosted by the Film Heritage Foundation and it’s, as an ambassador for the Film Heritage Foundation, that Mr. Bachchan has done so much advocacy for the vital cause of film preservation in India. It’s for this motive that the FIAF Executive Committee collectively voted to give Mr. Bachchan this year’s award. Mr. Bachchan, I hope that you realize the importance of everything that you have done for this vital work for the development of proper infrastructure for the preservation of India’s incredible film heritage. This is unbelievably important work and your voice, your reputation behind this cause adds so much and makes so much more possible.”
Past winners of the award include Ingmar Bergman (2003), Mike Leigh (2005), Hou Hsiao-hsien (2006), Peter Bogdanovich (2007), Rithy Panh (2009), Agnes Varda (2013), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2016), Christopher Nolan (2017), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2018), Jean-Luc Godard (2019), and Walter Salles (2020).