‘Facing Goliath from Bombay’: Public Forum

In conjunction with the unprecedented Colombo International Film Festival 2014, The Film Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka has organized a Public Forum “Facing Goliath from Bombay”, on Thursday, 4th September 2014 from 4.00 p.m. onwards at the Sri Lanka Foundation.

This year, the guild plans mark a long tradition of “great speakers, great discourse” with an exciting line-up of cutting edge speakers. The Public Forum’s speaker events and related programming promise that you will arrive curious and leave inspired!

It’s your time!

The Guild is also committed to remaining free to the public as part of its mission of providing a truly open forum for ideas and education to our community. With world class speakers on the cinema industry accessible to all, the Public Forum provides a remarkable experience and service to everyone.

The Forum will be moderated by Dhritiman Chatterjee, a famous Bengali actor known for the movies Kahaani (2012), Black (2005) and The Adversary (1970), and has worked with directors Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen, among others. Currently anchoring Pradhanmantri (TV Series) in Bengali on ABP Ananda, he is excited to be part of the Colombo International Film Festival, one of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The Forum will also feature Sumithra Peries, a veteran filmmaker and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to France in the late 1990s, Ravindra Randeniya, a beloved Sri Lankan actor and politician who has several Sarasaviya Best Actor Award up in his sleeve, Kanu Behl, an Indian film writer and director, Subasri Krishnan, an Indian independent documentary filmmaker and a fellowship holder from George Washington University, Farjad Nabi a Pakistani film producer, director, cinematographer and documentary maker well known for the movie “No One Believes the Professor”, and Philip Chea, a Singaporean Critic/programmer, who programs the South-east Asian Film Festival, Asian Film Festival, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival, and the Dubai International Film Festival.

“It’s very rare for an organization like ours to offer free events of this scale to the public. We are very proud of how hard we work to make it possible for anyone who wants to open their mind to be able to hear the fascinating speakers we bring to Sri Lanka,” says S J A Handagama, Festival Director.

International Film Festival of Colombo is the first major international film festival to be held in Sri Lanka. The festival, showcasing films from a variety of countries and varied cinema disciplines, will take place in Colombo from September 2, 2014- September 7, 2014. IFFCOLOMBO is a collaboration between the OKINAWA INTERNATIONAL MOVIE FESTIVAL in Japan and the Film Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka. During the festival, Colombo will play host to a number of renowned personalities in the international world of cinema.