06/12 17:00 Expanded Cinema

Short films directed by Sri Lankan female filmmakers

It is a great pleasure to curate eight short films directed by Sri Lankan female filmmakers that are included within EXPANDED CINEMA screening session of the international short film festival of Macau. These shorts, which have been selected for this event, earned international and national audience attention, as well as several awards. These films will bring a unique experience to the local audience and the attendance of international filmmakers, as they are screening for the first time in Macau.

Curator
Lanka Bandaranayke is a producer, director and an actress from Sri Lanka. She started her stage drama career in 1998, which she earned several acting and costume designing national awards. Later, she produced and directed the national award-Winning short dramas.

Lanka directed and produced her first short film ‘Tradition” in 2016 and, it was official selected and shortlist to the film festival in Macau, Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2017. The film screened over 40 film festivals with international and national awards. Since then she has directed several short films. In 2018 and 2019, was jury for Fiction to SIC Festival and was invited to curate short films by Sri Lanka women movie directors, to be included in the programming of Expanded Cinema for the edition of the Festival in 2019.


The Image
Director Chathumi Vidhushika
08’07”|Sri Lanka|2016 [B]

Synopsis
A little girl who had no idea about nationalism or religion asked her grandmother many questions when seeing the reliquary for the first time. She then understood a person gets merits when holding the reliquary. She wanted to get merits like her father did. However, her grandmother said women are prohibited to hold the reliquary…

Director
Chathumi Vidhushika is a temporary lecturer in University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Sri Lanka. She graduated from the same university and followed multimedia art subject for her degree. “The Image” is her first short film. The film won best script and second best film at WMC Short Film Competition in Sri Lanka.


Hope
Director Fathima Shanaz
07’00”|Sri Lanka |2017 [B]

Synopsis
Child marriages have been an unnoticed reality in some sections of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. This film tells the story of Fathima, a 16-year old school girl, who is set to marry a man older than her. Not only is her right to education denied but her consent to marriage too. Until she accidentally meets her future husband, she is caught up between her hopes and the reality of her destiny.

Director
Fathima Shanaz is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies attached to the Journalism Unit, University of Colombo. She has obtained B.A. Special (honors) in Mass Communication at University of Kelaniya in 2006. She is a film maker and researcher, her short film ‘Hope’ was screened in several national and international festivals and she won the SIGNIS Salutation award in 2018.


Dreams, Weavers and Viewers
Director Nayani Sandya Chandrasinghe
19’48”|Sri Lanka|2014 [B]

Synopsis
The insurgents may have had dreams underneath their fighting spirit, which are quite apart from their common cause. They set them aside and rose in unison to achieve their common ends. Probably their assassinators may have decoded these dreams that even today the memories of the assassinators may be haunted by the living dreams of the dead.

Director
Nayani Sandya Chandrasinghe is an award-winning independent film director and scriptwriter from Sri Lanka. She studied at the University of Peradeniya and SLF Digital Film Academy Sri Lanka, specialising in film direction. She directed several short films such as “The Snail”, “Autumn Leaves”, “Numb”, “Dreams, Weavers and Viewers” and also a documentary film “Dust”, which were screened in national and international events and won several awards. At the moment she is working as an Associate Creative Director in advertising.


Beneath Two Ends
Director Ajantha Wijewardena
15’11”|Sri Lanka|2014 [B]

Synopsis
Exploring the hidden realities of a middle class family in modern society.

Director
Ajantha Wijewardena is an award-winning Independent short film and documentary director and scriptwriter from Sri Lanka. She studied Film Direction at Sri Lanka Television Training Institute (SLTTI). Short film “Beneath Two Ends” won national awards and screened in national film screening event.


Intimacy
Director Kithmini Hemachandra
10’00”|Sri Lanka | 2016 [B]

Synopsis
The story of sweet folks of feathered butterflies after the desperate past.

Director
Kithmini Hemachandra is a national award-winning short filmmaker from Sri Lanka. She Studied at University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Sri Lanka. Short film “Intimacy” won third place at National Youth Cinematic Harvest Sri Lanka and screened in national film screening events.


Letter
Director Anoma Weerasakara
12’14”|Sri Lanka | 2010 [B]

Synopsis
A girl writes several letters and eventually she gets only one reply. After reading the first line in that reply letter she becomes enthralled, but she has to read the rest of the letter to understand the complete message.

Director
Anoma Weerasekara is a Sri Lankan filmmaker and journalist, working at the National Television, Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation. She graduated from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka with an honor degree in Mass Media. She won several local awards for her short fictions and documentaries.
“The Letter” was selected in the Italian Sri Lankan Short Film Festival 2012 and screened at different screening events.


Blood
Director Anoma Weerasakara
12’50”|Sri Lanka | 2010 [B]

Synopsis
Financial difficulties compel a mother to abort her third child. Despite her misery, her love for children remains intact.

Director
Anoma Weerasekara is a Sri Lankan filmmaker and a journalist, working at the National Television, Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation. She graduated from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka with an honor degree in Mass Media. She won several local awards for her short fictions and documentaries. “Blood” has won the best short film award at the Youth Short Film and Documentary Film Contest 2011.


Tradition
Director Lanka Bandaranayake
12’14”|Sri Lanka|2016 [B]

Synopsis
An old woman decorates a bride with the traditional Sri Lankan jewelry. She describes the symbolic meaning of each jewelry piece. Those meanings carry the girl to her past relationships and their deep scars. The bride’s ultimate destiny seems something illusive.

Director
Lanka Bandaranayke is producer, director and actress from Sri Lanka. She won national awards of acting and costume designing during her drama career. Graduated from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka in 2016, Lanka directed and produced her first short film “Tradition”, which was screened in over 40 international film festivals and won different awards. Currently, Lanka is working on her next short film “Masona”.