She received the award yesterday for a documentary about female acid attack victims in Pakistan. She dedicated the prize to women in the country working for change.
The documentary Saving Face chronicles a British plastic surgeon who treated acid victims. It was co-directed by Daniel Junge.
Yusuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistan prime minister, said the government would grant Ms Chinoy a civil award.
Mistreatment of women is widespread in Pakistan, a conservative Muslim country where many people are poor and lack basic education.
The media frequently reports acid attacks by husbands angry at their wives or young men spurned by women.