Filmfare Awards South is the South Indian segment of the annual Filmfare Awards, presented by The Times Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the South Indian film industry. The awards are separately given for Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.
The awards were introduced in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards. Initially they were referred to as the "Clare Awards", named after Clare Mendonca, the editor of The Times of India. Unlike the National Film Awards, which are decided by a panel appointed by Government of India, the Filmfare Awards South are voted for by both the public and a committee of experts. The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as Indian film industry's equivalent to the Oscars.
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