Sarasaviya Film Festival
A night to remember
A much awaited event in
our cinema calender is the "Sarasaviya Awards Festival". This glamorous
event, packed with popular films and celebrities, will commence at the
BMICH on April 5 at 6.00 p.m.
The first "Sarasavi Film Awards" was held at Asoka Cimema, Grandpass,
in 1964. This year's ceremony will
commemorate with the 60th anniversary of the cinema industry.
The "31st Sarasaviya Awards Festival 2006-2007" is organized by the
Sarasaviya magazine of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. People's
Bank will be main sponsor of the festival and President Mahinda
Rajapaksa will be chief guest.
Fifteen movies from the year 2005 ( Guerilla Marketing, Ira Mediyama,
Sudu Kalu Saha Alu, Sulanga, Sulanga Enu Pinisa, One Shot etc.) and
twenty films from 2006 ( Naga Kanya, Eka Malaka Pethi, Anjalika, Hiri
Poda Vessa, Nilambarae, Udu Gam Yamaya, Kurula Pihatu, Sewwandi,
Ammawarunae etc.) will compete separately according to the year that
they were released.
Awards for the best up coming actor and actress, best supporting
actor and actress, best singer and songstress, best script writer, best
director, best cameraman etc. will be presented along with a number of
Six merit awards and special awards like Rana Tisara , which is
presented to two artists who have been a pride to the industry, and the
Ranapala Bodinagoda Commenorative Award for the renowned script writer
in the local scene, are included in the list.
The most popular film, the most popular actor and actress will be
chosen from the votes of the public. The
highlight of the night will no doubt be the presentation of the best
film, best actor and best actress awards.
With preparations for the ceremony under away, the authorities have
also taken measures to conduct Sarasaviya Film Festivals in other areas
of the island. This will give the public the opportunity to recapture
the taste of some of the most popular movies of the year 2005 and 2006.
Anjalika, Sulanga, Sewwandi, Nilambarae and Hiri Poda Vessa will be
screened at the Imperial Theatre, Kurunegala, from March 14 to 18 at
6.00 p.m. A Cinema workshop will also be conducted at the Town Hall in
Kurunegala on March 14.
This opportunity will provide the new generation with a through
knowledge regarding the industry. Professor Praneeth Abeysundara and
Athula Samarakoon will be conducting the meeting.
Hiri Poda Vessa, Anjalika and Sewwandi will be screened at the Regal
Cinema, Kandy, from March 23 to 25, 6.00 p.m. A workshop will be
conducted by Prasanna Vithanage and Gamini Weragama at the Cultural
Centre, Kandy, on March 22 from 8.00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As a part of promoting the event at provincial level, all the films
included in these two film festivals will be
shown free of charge. The actors and actresses of the films
will also be present.
Attending the official inauguration ceremony of the "31st Sarasaviya
Awards Festival", Minister of Media and Information, Anura
Priyadharasana Yapa stated that the "Sarasaviya Awards Festival" is a
hallmark for the local cinema industry.
He commented that it is a steppingstone to debutantes in the field,
changing them to stars in the industry.he also evoked the private sector
to help in developing the cinema industry.