The 13th National Film Awards were presented by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India in 1966 to award the movies made in the year of 1965. In this award ceremony, a new award was introduced at All India level known as the Best Feature Film on National Unity and Emotional Integration. The winner of this award was also to be felicitated by a cash prize. The President's Gold Medal for the All India Best Feature Film was awarded to Chemmeen, a film based in Malayalam language and was directed by Ramu Kariat. All India Certificate of Merit for the Second Best Feature Film was given to Atithi which was a Bengali film.
The honour titled 'All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film' was given to Chhoti Chhoti Baten (1965), a Hindi movie that also shared the award of All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Story Writer. The other movie that won this award was Shaheed, another Hindi movie that also won the award for Best Feature Film on National Unity and Emotional Integration. None of the films was found to be suitable to be awarded from Children's Films. Thus Certificate of Merit was awarded instead. All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Documentary Film was awarded to Cloven Horizon, and English non-feature film, which was directed by Kanthilal Rathod. Another English non-feature film was also awarded the All India Certificate of Merit Honour for the Second Best Documentary Film, called Across India.
The All India Certificate of Merit for the Best Educational Film was presented to the English non-feature film, Play Better Hockey which was directed by Shanti S. Verma. President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Bengali was given to Akash Kusum. Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film in Gujarati was given to Kusumbi No Rang. President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Hindi was given to Shaheed. President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Kannada was presented to Sathya Harishchandra. The President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Malayalam was awarded to Kavyamela, which was released in the year 1965.
President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Marathi was awarded to Sadhi Manasa. The honour titled "Certificate of Merit for the Best Feature Film" in Punjabi was given to Sassi Punnu, directed by S. P. Bakshi. The honour titled 'President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film' in Tamil was given to "Kuzhandaiyum Deivamum". Finally, the President's Silver Medal for Best Feature Film in Telugu was awarded to the film Antastulu.
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