Karnataka State Film Awards are the most eminent and lofty film grants given for Kannada film industry in Karnataka, India. These are viewed as the most elevated honors for Kannada dialect films. They are offered every year to respect the best gifts and give support and motivating force to the Kannada film industry by the Government of Karnataka. The honors are chosen by a board of trustees headed by a board of Judges. The jury more often than not comprises of prominent identities from the film field. The honors expects to advance movies with creative qualities and support craftsmen, experts and makers. The honors are announced by the Minister for Cultural Affairs and are introduced by the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
On 14 November 2016, Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah pronounced that the State Government will exhibit the Karnataka State Film Awards on 24 April, the birthday of artist Dr. Rajkumar, consistently from this time forward. The main beneficiary was Rajkumar who was respected in 1967 for his execution in Bangaarada Hoovu. Starting at 2016 he was the most respected performing artist with nine honors. Vishnudhan was respected in seven events. The honor was partaken in 1998 amongst Vishnudhan and Ramesh Aravind. The latest beneficiary is Achyuth Kumar who is respected in 2016 for his execution in the film Amaravathi.