Professor & Head, Department of Film Studies
Filmmaker/ Film Scholar/ Film Critic/ Film Researcher /Writer
Madhu Eravankara is an internationally acclaimed film director, film critic, film scholar and writer. He was born in Eravankara, located in (Alappuzha District, of Kerala, India).
He was juror in Mumbai International Film Festival – 2003 (International & National Section), International Documentary Film festival-2005, Yamagata, Japan, Brisbane International Film Festival-2006, Brisbane, Australia, Istanbul International Film Festival-2008, Istanbul, Tukey, Toronto International Film Festival-2010, Toronto, Canada, International Film Festival Mannheim -Heidelberg- 2011, Germany, Busan International Film Festival-2012,South Korea, Abudhabi International Film Festival-2013, Bengaluru International Film festival-2013, Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival-2015, Taiwan and Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival-2016 .
He has directed the feature film Nankooram and around twenty documentaries including Nishadam (IFFK-2004, CFF-2004, DFF-2004 & BIFF- 2005), Victims of Silence (Eritrea), Punarakhyanam, Punarjjani, Kerala Paninini, Razia, Kettukazcha, Kuthiyottam, Chettikulangara Amma and The Leader that have received local and international acclaim.He has directed a docufiction- Pakalmazha (Day Rain) for the Social Welfare Board, Govt. of Kerala.Magic Wheel,his documentary was made as a part of workshop conducted in Indian School, Bahrain.
He is the recipient of President’s Gold Medal & National Film Award (1999), State Film Awards (1999 & 2003),Film Critics Awards (2000, 2002,2003 , 2012 & 2014), State Television Award (2007), AFFMA International Documentary Film Award-2012, Greens-2012 Award for Environmental films and Kozhikodan Award for the Best Book on Cinema-2016. He has also been awarded a Senior Fellowship for Outstanding Artists, from the Indian Government’s Department of Culture, to research on Indian Literature and Cinema and a Fellowship from National Film Archive of India to research on Malayalam Literature and Cinema. Snanaghatangal (Stories), Malayala Cinemaum Sahityavum (Film Study), Alivinte Mandarangal (Film studies), Salabhayatrakal (Travel), Samskaram, Yukti, Samooham (Amartya Sen Translation), Nishadam (Script), Malayala Cinemayile Avismaraneeyar (Film History), Barlivayalukale Ulakkunna Kattu (Film Study), Kalathinte Adarukal (Film Studies), Lokacinemayude Moonam Kannu (Film Studies), Indian Cinema 100 Years 100 Cinema (Film Studies), Greeshmayatrakal (Travel), Jalagehangalum Savamurikalum (Film Studies) and Sisirayatrakal ( Travel ) are the books to his credit. He contributes regularly to Vernacular Press, National and International publications. And has traveled extensively throughout the world. Madhu Eravankara also serves as a Faculty in Film in many of the State and National institutions.
He is a member of the International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI), Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA), Founder President of Documentary & Short Film Producers Association of Kerala (DOSPAK), Founder Secretary Narendra Prasad Foundation, Founder President Eravankara Neelakantan Unnithan & Kochukunjunnithan Smarakasamithi (ENKOSS) and Advisory Board Member NRI Homedesk. Presently he is serving as the member, Executive Board, FIPRESCI- India, Chairman, Narendra Prasad Nataka Padana Gaveshana Kendram, Mavelikara under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of Kerala and Member, Board of Studies in Film Studies and P.G. Diploma Courses of Thunchathezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur, Kerala.
He is a Panel Director of Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) and Public Relations Dept., Govt. of Kerala and was a Director Board Member (2006-2011) of Kerala State Encyclopaedic Institute. Presently serving as Professor and Head, Dept. of Film Studies, Thunchathezhuthachan Malayalam University, Tirur, Kerala.