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Dr. Biju at shooting location
|Alma mater||N. S. S. College, Pandalam|
|Occupation||Film director, doctor.|
Bijukumar Damodaran, known mononymously as Dr. Biju, is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He received India's National Film Awards three times. He is best known for films such as Saira (2005), Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010), Akasathinte Niram (2012), Perariyathavar (2013), Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (20156)Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (2016), Sound Of Silence (2017) and Painting Life (20186). His films screened at many international film festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Montreal Film festival, Shanghai Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival, Eurasia Film Festival, Jeonju Film Festival Fajr Film Festival Tehran, Tallinn Black nights Film Festival, International film festival of India etc. He also worked as jury member for many international film festivals across the world.
Biju debuted into films as writer and director with Saira (2005). It was first part of terrorism trilogy and in 2007 premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in the section Cinema of the world . His second film Raman (2008) was selected at Cairo International Film Festival (2009) in the Incredible India category. Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home; 2010) was last film of the trilogy and earned a National Film Award for best Malayalam film in 2010.
His fourth film Akasathinte Niram (Color of Sky; 2012), was premiered at 15th Shanghai International Film Festival in the International competition section. Biju's next film, Perariyathavar (Names Unknown, 2014) received two National Film Awards in 2014 for the Best Actor and Best film on Environment conservation, and was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival (2014).
In 2015, he directed Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds With Large Wings; 2015) which was premiered at United Nations, Geneva as a part of the United Nations Environment Programme, and received National Film Award (2015) for the Best film on Environment conservation. His 2016 film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When The Woods Bloom) was premiered at the Eurasia International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, International Film Festival of Kerala, and the Montreal World Film Festival, in 2016.
Biju has served as jury member of the International Film Festival of Kerala (2011), Fajr International Film Festival (2012), National Film Awards (2013), and the 2015 Oscar selection jury member for best foreign language film.
|Year||Language||Original title||English title|
|2008||Malayalam||Raman||Travelogue of Invasion|
|2010||Malayalam||Veettilekkulla Vazhi||The Way Home|
|2012||Malayalam||Akasathinte Niram||Color of Sky|
|2015||Malayalam||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal||Birds With Large Wings|
|2016||Malayalam||Kaadu Pookkunna Neram||When The Woods Bloom|
|2017||Hindi, Tibetan||Sound of Silence||Sound of Silence|
|2018||English, Lepcha||Painting Life||Painting Life|
|2019||Malayalam (On Pre Production)||Veyilmarangal||Trees Under The Sun|
|14TH Zanzibar International film festival, Tanzania||2011||Special jury Award for Directtion||Veettilekkulla Vazhi|
|15th International film festival of Kerala||2010||NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film||Veettilekkulla Vazhi|
|10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain||2011||Best Director||Veettilekkulla Vazhi|
|10Th Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid, Spain||2011||Best Film||Veettilekkulla Vazhi|
|New York Indian film festival||2013||Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju)||Akasathinte Niram|
|Jaipur International film festival||2015||Best Film on Global Message (Dr.Biju)||Perariyathavar|
|Jakkarta World Humanitarian award||2015||Humanity of film making (Dr.Biju)||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal|
|Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia||2016||Best Film||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal|
|Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia||2016||Best Direction (Dr.Biju)||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal|
|Indian International Film Festival Queensland, Brisbane, Australia||2016||Best Screenplay (Dr.Biju)||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal|
|Bangalore International Film Festival||2017||Special Jury Award for Best Indian Cinema||Kaadu Pookkunna Neram|
|23rd Kolkata International Film Festival||2017||Best Direction (Dr Biju), Indian language films competition||Sound of Silence|
|Indian Film Festival Of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA||2018||Best Film, Official competition||Sound of Silence|
National Films Awards
|2010||Best Malayalam Film||Veettilekkulla Vazhi|
|2013||Best Film on Environment Conservation||Perariyathavar|
|2015||Best Film on Environment Conservation||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal|
Indian Panorama Selections
|2015||Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal||Nominated for UNESCO Competition|
|2016||Kaadu Pookkunna Neram|
Kerala State Film Awards
|2010||Kerala State Film Award for Best Article on Cinema (Dr.Biju)||Kollaruthu Samvidhayakare|
|2011||Kerala State Film Award for Special Jury Award for Direction||Akasathinte Niram|