About IFFCOLOMBO 2014

The 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 of 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. The first of its kind, the festival hopes to attract a new culture of filmgoers, filmmakers and critics from all over the world.

VISION

Positioning Sri Lankan Cinema on a Global Map

MISSION

To introduce global art-house films that do not come as commercial releases to cinema audiences in Sri Lanka and expose local films and filmmakers to the world.

POWERED BY

The Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka
In association with The Okinawa International Movie Festival

FILMS AND DATES

All festival film screenings from the 3rd- 7th September at all our designated venues are free of charge. Once you obtain a FREE FESTIVAL PASS from one of our offices or venues (festival passes will be available at venues only on festival dates), you can gain access to any film screening at any one of our venues at any time. Please note that seating will be on a first-come-first-serve basis since entrance is free.

VENUES

IFFCOLOMBO Film Screenings will take place at the following cinemas:

Regal Cinema, Colombo 02
NFC Cinema, Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Empire Arcade, Independence Square
Majestic City Superior, Bambalapitiya
Goethe Institut, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07

HOW TO WATCH IFFCOLOMBO FILMS

The International Film Festival of Colombo is Sri Lanka’s first attempt at establishing an annual film festival. In a similar fashion to world festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival or Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea; IFFColombo will take place over a week, screening over 80 films from over 30 countries at some of the leading cinemas in Colombo.

For the first time in Sri Lanka, our filmgoers have the opportunity to browse through a comprehensive programme, choose which films they would like to see and move between multiple venues and watch up to four screenings a day. The FREE FESTIVAL PASS which can be collected at our office at Sri Lanka Foundation as well as the National Film Corporation (Bauddhaloka Mawatha), Arcade Empire, Majestic City and Goethe Institut will grant the audience member access to any one of the festival screenings as well as public festival events.

The festival programme will be the guide to what films are showing on any given day at any given venue. The films are scheduled in such a way that enables the audience member to travel within the close network of venues in between screenings if a film of their choice is screening at a different location.

Festival Volunteers, staff and a shuttle system will be in place to assist all audience members if any help or clarifications are required.

IFFCOLOMBO OFFICIAL VENUES

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IFFCOLOMBO EVENTS

Film Screenings

International films will be screened at our official venues Regal Cinema, NFC Cinema, Empire Arcade, Majestic City Superior and Goethe Institut daily. There will be at least four screenings per venue each day so that each and every person who is interested has an opportunity to watch a film of their choice. Films for Children will be screened at 10:00AM at NFC Cinema and Regal Cinema from the 3rd -7th of September. All films have been reviewed by the Sri Lanka Public Performance Board and rated for suitable audiences. All film ratings will be visible on the Programme and Festival Catalogue.

Master Classes

The IFFCOLOMBO Master Class Series will commence on the 3rd of September with Indian director and cinematographer Rajeev Ravi’s Master Class titled “Breaking the Rules with the Camera” at Goethe Institut. The second Master Class will take place in two sessions on the 4th and 5th of September at Sri Lanka Foundation. This class will be conducted by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Reygadas. The Master Class titled “Directing Moving Image in Cinema” targets budding film directors and film students. The third and final Master Class will be conducted by Meenakshi Shedde, Film Critic and South Asia Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai Internationals Film Festivals. Her Master Class is titled “Better Screenplays and Festival Strategies”

Public Seminar

A public film forum titled “Goliath of Hindi Cinema from Bombay” will take place on the 5th of September. The seminar will host an International panel consisting of prominent personalities in Indian Cinema and will be mediated by Bengali film actor Dhritiman Chaterji who starred in films such as Aparna Sen’s 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005).

The forum is free and open to the public.

Music Evening

A festival fringe event featuring the Chamber Music Society of Colombo headed by Artistic Director Lakshman Joseph de Saram will take place on the 5th of September, 7:00PM at the Ductch Hospital, Colombo. The performance will showcase a selection of classical music that has been featured in Films as well as film scores composed by our own legendary composer Premasiri Kemadasa. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday Morning Brunch Talk

“Migration and Cinema”, the IFFCOLOMBO Brunch Talk with an international guest panel, will take place on Sunday 7th September at the Kingsbury Hotel from 9:45am to 12:00pm. This is a ticketed event open to the public. Ticket price LKR 2,000.

Exhibition: Film Museum

A Glimpse of Our Cinema; an IFFCOLOMBO exhibition held in association with the Government Film Unit, National Film Corporation and National Film Archive will be open to the public from the 3rd through the 7th of September at National Film Archive, Independence Avenue, Colombo from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. The exhibition is an opportunity to glance back at the progression of Sri Lankan cinema through time and a celebration of its pivotal moments.

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS AT IFFCOLOMBO

For the launch of IFFColombo, the Film Directors’ Guild of Sri Lanka has invited multiple renowned personalities in the film world to attend the festival. These special invitees will be a part of the opening of the festival, Master Classes, Seminars and Forums.

The following international guests will be attending IFFColombo on the given festival dates:

International Artiste Guest List:
  • Carlos Reygadas (Mexico)- Director, (Conductor, Master Class: Directing Moving Image in Cinema) | 3rd – 6th
  • Geetanjali Thapa (India)- Actor Liar’s Dice | 2nd-5th
  • Rajeev Ravi (India) –Cinematographer, Liar’s Dice, Director Annayum Rasoolum | 2nd-4th
  • Geethu Mohandas (India) – Director, Liar’s Dice | 2nd- 4th
  • Rasika Dugal (India)- Actor, Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost | 2nd-5th
  • Tom Shoval (Israel)- Director, Youth | 2nd- 5th
  • Kanu Behl (India)- Director, Titli | 2nd- 5th
  • Avinash Arun (India)- Director, Killa | 2nd- 5th
  • Luis Lopez Carrasco (Spain) – Director, El Futoro | 2nd- 5th
  • Subasri Krishnan (India) – Director, Brave New Medium | 2nd- 5th
  • Kan Lume (Singapore)- Director, Liberta | 2nd-5th
  • Farjad Nabi (Pakistan) – Director, Zinda Bhaag | 2nd – 5th
  • Reza Dormishian (Iran)- Director, I’m Not Angry | 2nd-5th
  • Dhritiman Chaterji (India)- Actor (Public Seminar, Moderator: Facing Goliath) | 2nd -5th
  • Natalia Lopez (Mexico)- Editor, Post Tenebras Lux | 3rd – 6th
  • Kaushik Ganguly (India)- Director, Apur Panchali | 3rd – 6th
  • Uberto Pasolini (Italy)- Director, Still Life | 4th – 7th
  • Ram Ramesh Sharma (India)- Director, Kaafiron Ki Namaaz | 5th-7th
  • Bhargav Saikia (India)- Producer, Kaafiron Ki Namaaz | 5th- 7th
  • Shilpa Ranade (India)- Director, Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya | 5th-7th
  • Jahnu Barua (India)- Director, Ajeyo | 5th – 7th
  • Smanrat Kanjanavanit (Thailand)- Director, Shakespeare Must Die | 5th- 7th
  • Lois Patino (Spain) – Director, Costa De Morte | 7th
International Film Personalities:
  • Meenakshi Shedde- Film Critic/ Festival consultant (Conductor, Master Class: Better Screenplays and Festival Strategies) | 6th – 7th
  • Aurelie Godet (France) – Programmer | 2nd – 7th
  • Nandita Dutta (India) – Programmer | 2nd – 7th
  • Philip Cheah (Singapore) – Programmer | 3rd – 6th

IFFCOLOMBO DAY-BY-DAY EVENT SCHDEULE

September 02, 2014

Opening Ceremony at Regal Cinema | 5.30 p. m. – 7.15 p.m.

Screening of the IFFColombo2014 Opening Film
“Beauty and the Beast” at Regal Cinema (Invitees Only ) | 7.15 p.m.

September 03, 2014

Exhibition: Glimpse of Our Cinema – Laksala, Nelumpokuna Mawatha , Colombo | 10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IFFColombo Screenings
(Refer the Screening Schedule)
IFFColombo Master Class

9.00 a.m. – Goethe Institut – Master Class – ‘Breaking the Rules with the Camera’ with Rajeev Ravi

September 04, 2014

Exhibition: Glimpse of Our Cinema – Laksala, Nelumpokuna Mawatha , Colombo | 10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IFFColombo Screenings
(Refer the Screening Schedule)
IFFColombo Master Class

9:00 a.m. – Sri Lanka Foundation – Master Class: ‘Directing Moving Image in Cinema – Session 1’ with Carlos Reygadas

IFFColombo Public Seminar

4: 00 p.m. – Sri Lanka Foundation – Public Forum: ‘Facing Goliath’ moderated by Dhritiman Chaterji : Panelists – Ravindra Randeniya, Dr. Sunil Wijesiriwardana, …………)

September 05, 2014

Exhibition: Glimpse of Our Cinema – National Film Archives, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07 | 10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IFFColombo Screenings
(Refer the Screening Schedule)
IFFColombo Master Class

9:00 a.m. – Sri Lanka Foundation – Master Class : ‘Directing Moving Image in Cinema – Session 2’ with Carlos Reygadas

IFFColombo Music Event

7: 00 p.m. – Dutch Hospital – Live Classical Music Concert – The Chamber Music Society of Colombo directed by Lakshman Joseph de Saram

September 06, 2014

Exhibition: Glimpse of Our Cinema – National Film Archives, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07 | 10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IFFColombo Screenings
(Refer the Screening Schedule)
IFFColombo Master Class

9:00 a.m. – Goethe Institut – Master Class: ‘Better Screenplays and Festival Strategies’ with Meenakshi Shedde

September 07, 2014

Exhibition: Glimpse of Our Cinema – National Film Archives, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07 | 10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IFFColombo Screenings
(Refer the Screening Schedule)
IFFColombo Brunch Talk (Tickets: LKR 2000)

9:00 a.m. – the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo- Migration and Cinema Brunch Talk with International Panel

OFFICIAL IFFCOLOMBO PRESS RELEASES (To Date)

NETPAC Award Winning Films for Colombo’s Film Lovers!

The International Film Festival of Colombo 2014 (IFFColombo), is proud to announce the NETPACAwardWinning Film Package to be screened at the Festival this year. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, also known as NETPAC, is an organization founded in 1990 that consists of 29 member nations. Mr. Ashley Ratnavibhushana, the General Manager and Jury Coordinator for NETPAC, has secured a selection of “NETPAC movies” which will be screened exclusively at IFFColombo 2014.

The NETPACAward, presented to exceptional Asian films at festivals all over the world, is a prestigious award that honors standout Asian filmmakers on a global platform. Therefore, the NETPAC film package promises Sri Lankan filmgoers a unique and enlightening cinematic experience.

This package includes films such as Director Emir Baigazin’s “Harmony Lessons” which premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, Director Sudevan’s multi-award-winning Malayalam film “CR No. 89”, Director Mauly Surya’s “What they don’t talk about when they talk about love”, Director Jeffry Jeturian’s “Bit Player” (2013); the Socio-Realist Drama-Comedy film from the Philippines, Director Reir Celik’s “Night of Silence”; a subtly performed film that takes place in a room, Director Atiq Rahimi’s “The Patience Stone” (2012) which was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards and won the NETPAC Award at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as “Transit” by Filippino Independent Film Director Hannah Espia and “Ferry” by Director Wei Shi.

Ing Kanjanavanit, the daring Director of “Shakespeare Must Die”(2012), a bold adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, will be in attendance at IFFColombo 2014 while Director Kan Lume will also be in attendance representing his NETPAC Award winning film “Liberta”.

The First International Film Festival of Colombo will take place from the 2nd to 7th September, 2014. The festival will showcase a diverse array of films from close to 35 countries which will be screened at some of Colombo’s best cinemas including Regal Cinema, Majestic City ( Ultra), Empire Cinema (Arcade Independence Square), Tharangani( NFC) and Goethe Institute. All screenings are free of charge and are open to all audiences.

Renowned International Filmmaker Carlos Reygadas to attend the International Film Festival of Colombo 2014

The International Film Festival of Colombo 2014, together with the Digital Film Academy at Sri Lanka Foundation is proud to announce that Colombo will play host to internationally acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas in September this year. In addition to screening a number of his Multi-Award Winning films, he will also be conducting a two-day Master Class on Film Direction as part of the festival Master Class Program. Carlos Reygadas, Cannes Film Festival favorite, will visit Sri Lanka for the first time with his wife and film editor Natalia Lopez.

The First International Film Festival of Colombo will take place from the 2nd to 7th September, 2014. The festival will showcase a diverse array of films from close to 35 countries which will be screened at some of Colombo’s best cinemas including Regal Cinema, Empire Cinema (Arcade Independence Square), Majestic City Ultra and Tharangani (National Film Corporation) as well as Geothe Institut. All screenings are free of charge and are open to all appropriate audiences.

Master Class with Carlos Reygadas on Film Direction at IFFColombo 2014

The International Film Festival of Colombo 2014 together with the Digital Film Academy at the Sri Lanka Foundation is proud to announce that Cannes Award Winning Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas will conduct a two-day Master Class under the Master Class program at IFFColombo.

This is the first time that Carlos will conduct a Master Class in an Asian country and hence it will be a great learning opportunity for prospective filmmakers from the South Asian region. The two-day Master Class on Film Direction will be open for students and young filmmakers who are serious about direction. Out of the applicants from Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries, 40 participants will be selected following an interview process. The workshop will be attended not only by Carlos Raygadas, but also his wife Natalia Lopez, who is a film editor. Sri Lanka’s own internationally recognized Director Vimukthi Jayasundara and Sri Lankan Cinematographer Dhanushka Gunathilake will also be a part of the panel. Together, they will be sharing their knowledge and experiences with the participants over the course of two days.

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Master Class Series at the International Film Festival of Colombo 2014

The International Film Festival of Colombo is pleased to be launching its first Master Class Series. Presenting a perfect opportunity for budding filmmakers, cinema enthusiasts and students to learn from and interact with exceptional international film personalities, the Master Class program promises to open new channels for Sri Lankans to gain access to International Cinema.

There will be three Master Classes taking place under IFFColombo, 2014. Each Master Class will be conducted by a renowned personality in the industry.

The first of the Master Class series will take place on September 03, 2014. This class will be conducted by award winning Indian Director and Cinematographer Rajeev Ravi. The Master Class titled “Breaking the Rules with the Camera” will potentially benefit up and coming Cinematographers and Film Students. Rajeev Ravi has won the National Award for Best Cinematographer for the film Liar’s Dice which will be screened at the International Film Festival of Colombo this year alongside his own film Annayoum Rasoolum.

Cannes award winning Mexican Director Carlos Reygadas will also be conducting a Master Class titled “Directing Moving Image in Cinema”. This class will take place in two sessions: Session I on September 04, 2014 and Session II on September 05, 2014. Students accepted to participate in this class will be attending both sessions over the two days. This is Reygadas’ first visit to Sri Lanka and the first Master Class he will be conducting in an Asian country.

Industry personality, Film Critic as well as South Asia consultant to the Berlin and Dubai International Film Festivals, Meenakshi Shedde will be conducting the final Master Class of the series on September 05, 2014. The class titled “Better Screenplays and Festival Strategies” promises to be an insightful experience to all as Meenakshi Shedde offers an opportunity for students to take a peek into the complex and exciting world of Cinema.

The (online) application to all Master Classes can be found on our website www.iffcolombo.com/masterclass. Visit for information and deadlines for our Master Class series.

The Master Class Series at IFFColombo 2014, is held in association with the SLF Digital Film Academy and Agenda14.

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The International Film Festival of Colombo promises a seat for everyone!

Keeping that promise, the festival will be screening a great selection of Children’s Films: films the whole family can enjoy together!

These internationally acclaimed films for children will be screened from the 3rd to the 7th of September at 10:00AM at the NFC Cinema (Bauddhaloka Mawatha) and Regal Cinema (Colombo 02).

IFFColombo Movies for Children features international award winning titles such as the Swiss film Clara and the Secret of the Bears (2013) which won the Children’s Jury Prize at the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival 2013; and Indian director Avinash Arun’s Killa (2014) which won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Upon our invitation, director Avinash Arun will be at IFFColombo to present his brilliant film to Sri Lankan audiences!

Our Movies for Children package also includes exciting animation films such as Shilpa Ranade’s Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya (2013), the story about a singer and drummer who are exiled from their village because of their unbearably out-of-tune music; as well as Kirikou et les homes et les femmes (2013), a French animation film about an unlikely superhero: a newborn baby.

Join us at the International Film Festival of Colombo 2014 from 3rd- 7th September and share these incredible films with your family and friends. Collect your FREE FESTIVAL PASS from our office at Room 12, Sri Lanka Foundation (Independence Square) or National Film Corporation (Reception). To learn more about our Children’s Films and other films at IFFColombo 2014, visit our webpage www.iffcolombo.com/films-children.

IFFCOLOMBO Presents Michelangelo Antonioni and Juliette Binoche Retrospective

The International Film Festival of Colombo is thrilled to announce its double retrospective feature. The festival will be screening a special selection of films by legendary Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni as well as a collection of films starring acclaimed international super star Juliette Binoche.

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Michelangelo Antonioni Retrospective

Italian born Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) is an internationally acclaimed film director, screen writer and short story writer. Director of sixteen feature films and a number of short films, Antonioni is best known for his “trilogy on modernity and its discontents” which consists of the three films L’Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961) and L’Eclisse (1962)

Anonioni’s films have garnered him great critical acclaim over the years. He was awarded the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize in 1960 and 1962 for L’Avventura and L’Eclisse respectively. He also went on to win the Palme d’Or (The Golden Palm); the most prestigious and highest honor at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Blowup in 1967. Antonioni’s films have also won awards at the Berlin and Venice International Film Festivals. He was awarded the Honorary Award in 1995 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the USA.

In honor of his great contributions to the world of cinema, IFFColombo is proud to be screening a number of Michelangelo Antonioni’s films including Cannes Award Winning L’Avventura “The Adventure” (1960), Il Deserto Rosso “Red Dessert” (1964), Cronaca di un amore “Story of a Love Affair” (1950), Il mistero di Oberwald “The Mystery of Oberwald” (1980) and Identificazione di una Donna “Identification of a woman” (1982). The retrospective also features his documentary Chung Kuo Cina (1972) as well as Antonioni Su Antonioni, a 2008 documentary on the life and work of the legendary director.

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Juliette Binoche Retrospective

French actress Juliette Binoche is best known for her roles in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors: Blue (1993) which won her the Best Actress award at the Berlin International Film Festival, The English Patient (1996) which won her the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and her role opposite Johnny Depp in the film Chocolat (2000) for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Having starred in over 40 films, Binoche has managed to garner international recognition while keeping her distance from international blockbusters and maintaining a balance between art-house and commercial productions. Her acclaimed work in both French and English Language films has secured her a place among the most in-demand French actors in the industry such as Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno.

Celebrating her diverse and praiseworthy body of work, IFFColombo will be screening some of her most prominent films such as Copie Conforme “Certified Copy” (2010) which won her the award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival; Les Amants du Point-Neuf (1991); Mauvais sang “Bad Blood” (1986); Disengagement (2010) and Le Hussard sur le toit “The Horseman On the Roof” (1995).