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May 31st, 2012 by sam

The 2012 Kandy International Film Festival will not be held as scheduled from June 20-24th. The organizers regret this decision but felt that holding the festival without proper financial support would not be fair to the exceptional slate of international and domestic talent set to attend. We will be back soon. Please be in touch to get involved.

Submissions Open until April 15!

March 19th, 2012 by sam

The Kandy International Film Festival will be taking submissions for this year’s festival until April 15th. Please fill out the online form to begin the process.

KIFF and SIF Film Production Workshop in Batticaloa

October 7th, 2011 by sam

The Kandy International Film Festival completed its first workshop series in Batticaloa with funding provided by the Singapore International Foundation. The workshop, conducted over a 9 day period in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka introduced 16 participants to the basics of filmmaking techniques and theories. Director Sherman Ong from Singapore presided over the workshop, working with students on conceptual and technical methods of film production. Over the course of the workshop, students developed their own short films and produced three works collaboratively.

The workshop participants were mainly from Eastern University’s Fine Arts Department. In addition, 3 youth from a local theatre company “Third Eye” joined in the workshop held at St. John’s church in Batticaloa. Participants met for a minimum of 4 hours each day from September 10th through the 18th.  Sherman shared several of his short films with the participants as well as commentary from film critics on creating artistically successful video pieces. Among Sherman’s films were several films related to dance. These were particularly well by the participants, many of whom came to the workshop with a strong background in dance and performance art. For most of the students, this was their first exposure to producing film or video. While most of them had a strong background in acting, Sherman was able to explain tangibly the difference between acting for a lens and acting on the stage. This was a key feature of the workshop, as well as the importance of minimalist dialogue and script continuity.

The workshop was organized by the Kandy International Film Festival, which held its inaugeral festival in June of this year. Sherman Ong’s “Memories of a Burning Tree” was screened at the festival and he was invited to lead a workshop on film production and theory to be held in Sri Lanka’s east. The festival is extremely grateful to the Singapore International Foundation for funding the event. Sri Lankan filmmaker Thisara Imbulana also attended the workshop and gave insight into filmmaking in Sri Lanka.. Festival directors Samuel Holt and Suba Sivakumaran were on site to assist in the workshop and provide administrative support to Sherman. Kasun Hettiarachchi and Asanka Mapitigamage from Kandy also assisted with the workshop. Participants were provided with food, drink and transportation during the ten day period. The Kandy International Film Festival, which is an annual event, to be held in June, aims to conduct similar workshops in various parts of the country. For more information about the festival, visit the website at www,

After lunch on the final day in Batticaloa.

After lunch on the final day in Batticaloa.

KIFF Audience Award Best Documentary City Dark

August 22nd, 2011 by sam

The Best Documentary Film Audience award was given to director Ian Cheney for his film City Dark, which captivated audiences at the Wala on Friday June 24th, 2011.  Festival Director Samuel Holt presented the award to Ian Cheney in Brooklyn.

KIFF Sri Lanka 2011

August 22nd, 2011 by sam

Sri Lankan Films Announced!

June 17th, 2011 by sam

The Sri Lankan premiere of Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Ahasin Wetei, Prasanna Vithanage’s Aagaya Pookal (Tamil version of Akasa Kusum), How I Wonder What You Are (by Chinthana Dharmadasa and Udhaya Dharmawardhana) and Nino Live (by Thisara Imbulana) , the world premiere from Thisara Imbulana) will be showing at the Kandy International Film Festival. See our schedule for more details! Synopses and director bios available here.

Ahasin Wetei

Nino Live

Aagaya Pookal

How I Wonder What You Are

Kandy International Film Festival Announces 2011 Line Up!

June 5th, 2011 by sam

Feature Films in June 2011 include

Fleurs Du Mal (Flowers of Evil by Director David Dusa)

I Am by Director Onir

Meherjaan by Director Rubaiyyat Hossain

Memories of A Burning Tree by Director Sherman Ong

Mundane History by Director Anocha Suwichakornpong

Virgin Goat by Director Murali Nair

Documentary Films include

The City Dark by Ian Cheney

Koran by Heart by Greg Barker

Marathon Boy by Gemma Atwal

Fambul Tok by Sara Terry

Tropical Amsterdam by Alexa Oona Schulz

Gandhi’s Children by Vishnu Vasu

KIFF Benefit Screening at Dem Passwords, West Hollywood “TROPICAL AMSTERDAM”

May 9th, 2011 by sam

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
8:00 PM
Film screening and Q&A with director Alexa Oona Schulz and cinematographer Matthias Grunsky.

Free admission. Donations are welcome and will benefit the first
Kandy International Film Festival 2011 in Sri Lanka.

Dem Passwords Gallery
7914 -B Sanata Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Submission Deadline for Kandy International Film Festival Approaching

April 4th, 2011 by sam

We are excited to begin the review process of the submissions to our festival. There is still time to submit. Please fill out the form on our website to begin the process.

KIFF Benefit at Dem Passwords Gallery West Hollywood 3/19

March 12th, 2011 by sam

KIFF event in Los Angeles, USA