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SAARC Film Festival 2016

The SAARC Film Festival 2016 will be held from June 1- 6, 2016 at the National Film Corporation auditorium, organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) Colombo in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foundation - Digital Film Academy. "The SAARC Cultural Centre is looking for a qualitative change in society through cultural aspects and cultural films of this sort helps to promote my concept. The media plays a huge role in promoting. Without media, there is no human development or social progress," Director of SAARC Cultural Centre, Wasanthe Kotuwella said at a press conference last week.

Momentum

The SAARC Film Festival held in Colombo, has over the past five years gained momentum for promoting some of the best films from the SAARC region. SAARC Film Festival celebrates the best of South Asian talent, from feature films to short films depicting the manifold cultural traits the region has to offer. The head of the Sri Lanka Foundation - Digital Film Academy, Dhanushka Gunathilake explained about the films to be screened and about the directors.

He said, "The best feature films and short films from the SAARC region will be screened free of charge to the general public. It is an oppurtunity to meet and interact with directors of these films during the festival and a special master classes and workshops for film directors and enthusiasts will also be held. The festival will open with the screening of the feature film, Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan.

The SAARC Film Festival in Colombo, marks an event unique to the region, where through the medium of cinema, the Festival has become a forum of people to people interaction, as well as a platform for understanding and savouring of culture through the medium of cinema.

The films from different SAARC countries are not merely a tool of entertainment, but rather one of cultural awareness as well as something that would convey an inherent message indigenous to a particular SAARC member country and to a particular region of the world.

The Festival has over the years grown, and this year in 2016, hopes to expand, with workshops and parallel events that would further enhance South Asian cinema. The Film Festival will give all member states an opportunity to screen some of the best films from the region. This will also be a unique opportunity for the general public as well to view some of the best films from the SAARC Region.

Awards will be given to the Best Feature and Short Film which will be adjudicated by a panel of international jury - this year from France, Russia and Korea. All jury members are experts in the field and leading several international film festivals. Parallel events such as master classes, workshops and interactive sessions are being organised in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foundation- Digital Film Academy.

Nomination

In 2015, the best feature trophy was given to Sri Lanka for the film Motor Bicycle directed by Shameera Rangana Naotunna. The silver medal went to Bangladesh for the film Mrittika Maya directed by Gazi Rakayet and the Maldives nomination of Insaana directed by Alii Seaxana won the bronze medal. The award for the best short film was given to Nepal for the film "Love? Lust? Life?" directed by Utpal Jha. The SAARC film festival is bound to be a treat to all film enthusiasts and is open to public free of charge.

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