Opening of the 8th Francophone film Festival in Colombo : A quality partnership for7th Art [fr]
The first week of Francophone Film Festival took place successfully after the opening ceremony, on Friday 29 March, in one of the beautiful halls of the
This film festival involves seven member countries of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF): Canada, France, Qatar, Romania, Switzerland, Tunisia and Vietnam,
and three partner institutions of Sri Lanka:
the BMICH was represented at the opening ceremony by Mr Rajah Kuruppu, Chairman of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies. The entire festival, open to the general public free of charge, runs at the BCIS auditorium.
the Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo (Coniston Place) represented by the members of the Board at the inaugural session.
Agenda 14 which has made a remarkable selection of short films by young Sri Lankan authors. These short films are shown before each feature film.
The other main partner, Dr. Kusumsiri SILVA, the producer of the film Nikini Vassa and its director, Dr. Aruna Jayawardana were present at this evening with all the artistic team of the film. This film, August Drizzle, has received an award at the Asian Film Festival in Vesoul (France) in 2012.
Total of 12 feature films and over a dozen short films have been presented at this festival thanks to the participation of 8 corporate sponsors beside the OIF countries involved, BMICH, Alliance Française and Agenda 14.
These Sri Lankan and French companies represent different economic sectors:
VINCI (Silver Sponsor), ALSTOM in the field of major infrastructure projects and transportation, LOADSTAR in the field of telecommunications, SIDDHALEPA in the field of health, and tourism with three reputed companies: CONNAISSANCE DE CEYLAN, LION ROYAL, and SHANTI TRAVEL.
A special mention for the MOUNT LAVINIA HOTEL, the traditional partner of the BMICH for food and beverage services, which took charge of the entire organization of a buffet referring to the cuisines of four continents of the participating countries. This coincides with the arrival of M.Bazeer Kassim, new General Manager of this prestigious hotel with its historic building where several governors have resided in the former Ceylon, started from 1806.
All are invited to the BCIS auditorium at BMICH premises on Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th to enjoy the five films to come: Lyrics revolt (Qatar) Friday, April 5 at 3 p.m., A Screaming Man (France) on 5 April at 6.30 p.m., Money Exchange (Romania) on April 6 at 11am, Nostalgia for the campaign (Vietnam) on April 6 at 3 p.m., Another Man (Switzerland) on April 6 at 6.30 pm.
Sunday, April 7 will be devoted to a Master Class organized by Agenda 14 and conducted by a renowned cinematographer, M. D. Mahindapala, for young filmmakers in Sri Lanka.