The shortlists for the IV Chandanavana Film Critics Academy Awards 2023 were announced on Saturday in Bengaluru. The awards are constituted by the Chandanavana Film Critics Academy and the nominations are based on voting by Kannada film journalists and critics.
The Fourth edition of the Awards will include seven new award categories. Five of these are for debut actors and technicians. These are Best Actor (Debut) Sanchari Vijay Award, Best Actress (Debut) Tripuramba Award, Best Director (Debut) Shankar Nag Award, Best Producer (Debut) Puneeth Rajkumar Award, and Best Writer (Debut) Chi Udayshankar Award. The total number of awards this year is 27.
The trophy of the 4th edition was unveiled by Sandalwood’s popular director Yogaraj Bhat and actors Iti Acharya, Pavana Gowda and Sangeetha Bhat. They praised the film critics for the initiative to constitute these awards.
“These awards are unique. I am a recipient of the Best Lyricist award last year and I know its value. The opinions of critics shapes new creations forces film makers to upgrade, improve and strive for something special all the time. The stature of the Chandanavana Film Critics’ Awards is growing with passing year and as film makers we look forward to this annual event with so much expectation,” Yogaraj Bhat said.
Film critics have voted to select the nominations from Kannada films released in 2022. Kanatra, KGF Chapter 2, 777 Charlie are among the films nominated in multiple categories this year. The Awards Event is scheduled to be held on March 5.