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2nd Edition of the Colombo International Women's Film Festival

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

This edition of the festival was presented online.


Programme 01

30 November - 06 December 2020


SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

INTERNATIONAL


Maa Tuki (Find Me Mother) by Suchana Saha

(00:04:00|2019|Animation) India


Posharini - The Saleswoman by Sreecheta Das

(00:27:00|2018|Drama) India


Driving Lessons by Marziyeh Riahi

(00:13:00|2019|Drama) Iran


Ice Cream by Sangita Shrestha

(00:09:00|2018|Drama) Nepal


Safed Sar by by Atefah Hesari

(00:10:52|2019|Fiction) Afghanistan


ICE by Anna Hints

(00:15:00|2017|Fiction) Estonia


Diadem by Milana Majar

(00:29:53|2020|Documentary) Bosnia and Herzegovina


Once upon a time in Kurdistan by Zhino Hadi Hassan

(00:09:33|2019|Fiction) Iraq


Meenalaap (Fish Monologue) by Senjutee Suborna Tushee

(00:26:00|2018|Drama) Bangladesh


Dua by by Mona Javed

(00:30:00|2017|Fiction) Pakistan


My Name Is Petya by Daria Binevskay

(00:15:00 |2019|Fiction) Russia


Illuminati by Nina Belina

(00:14:00|2017|Fiction) Croatia|Serbia


Mamatva (Motherhood) by Kirti Singh

(00:30:00|2018|Fiction) India


Performer by Tasmiah Afrin Mou

(00:30:00|2019|Fiction) Bangladesh


Tenebrae by Nicole Midori Woodford

(00:16:00| 2018|fiction) Singapore



 


SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION

NATIONAL


Deprimere by Paramie Jayakody

(00:11:00|2019|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Carrot by Dumindra Ridmi

(00:03:18|2019|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Thé Kahata by Yasodara Yasodhara Kariyawasam

(00:16:53|2020|Fiction|) Sri Lanka


The Ruins by Senathirajah Vanitha

(00:09:31|2018|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Fake ID is watching by Fathima Kamila and Ashfaque Mohamed

(00:07:10|2019|Fiction) Sri Lanka


It’s not a Tall Short thing by Shalini Divyanjalee

(00:16:00|2020|Fiction) Sri Lanka


H20 by Fathima Shanaz

(00:06:00|2018|Animation) Sri Lanka


Two Curries by Narthanie Serasinghe

(00:07:30|2020|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Beyond The Mirror by K. L. H. Maduwanthi

(00:05:00|2019|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Urumaya (Inheritance) by Lanka Bandaranayake

(00:20:00|2020|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Inside by Ayesha Suraweera

(00:04:30|2018|Animation) Sri Lanka


Light and Life by Upeksha Mahawaththa, Aruni Jayawardhana & Randi Imalka

(00:03:15|2019|Animation) Sri Lanka


Life On Land by Piyumi Sriyangani

(00:03:08|2019|Animation) Sri Lanka


We made the Bomb; We made the Womb by Namini Panchala

(00:05:41 |2020) Sri Lanka



 


Programme 02

07 – 13 December 2020


Top Girl by Tatjana Turanskyj

(01:34:00 | 2014 |Feature) Germany


Are You Going to School Today by Anupama Srinivasan

(01: 00:00 | 2018 | Documentary ) India


Jane by Tania Sing

(00:17:00 |2005 |Short Fiction) Singapore


Sikhirni Mwsanai (Dance of the Butterfly) by Subasri Krishnan

(01: 05:00 | 2019 | Documentary ) India


One Minute by Dina Naser

(00: 11:00 |2016 |Short Fiction) Jordan-Belgium,


Goddesses by Leena Manimakalai

(00: 42:00 |2007 |Documentary) India


Sing Mother Sing by Sumathy Sivamohan

(00:16:0011991| Experiental ) Sri Lanka


My Favourite Colour is Blue by Niranjala Kumarasinghe

(00:07:00 | 2017 | Short Fiction) Sri Lanka


Let Her Fly by Fathima Nafla

(00:04:00 | 2015|Short Fiction) Sri Lanka


Coral Woman by Priya Thuvassery

(00:52:00|2019| Documentary) India


The Bleach by Corine Colors

(00:10:00|2020 |Experimental) Canada- Lebanon


Kamlabai by Reena Mohan

(00:47:00 | 1992| Documentary) India


The Day I Became a Woman by Moupia Mukherjee

(00:35:00 | 2019 | Documentary ) India

Awards ceremony was held on 14 December 2020.


 

Jury

Tatjana Turanskyj

Filmmaker

Germany


Wahyuni A. Hadi

Programmer/Producer

Singapore


Sumathy Sivamohan

Filmmaker/Performer/Theatre Artist

Sri Lanka


 


Best Short Film - International

Nominations


Safed Sar by by Atefah Hesari

(00:10:52|2019|Fiction) Afghanistan


Driving Lessons by Marziyeh Riahi

(00:13:00|2019|Drama) Iran


Maa Tuki (Find Me Mother) by Suchana Saha

(00:04:00|2019|Animation) India


Meenalaap (Fish Monologue) by Senjutee Suborna Tushee

(00:26:00|2018|Drama) Bangladesh


Tenebrae by Nicole Midori Woodford

(00:16:00| 2018|fiction) Singapore


Best Short Film - International

Maa Tuki (Find Me Mother) by Suchana Saha

(00:04:00|2019|Animation) India


Special Jury Award

Tenebrae by Nicole Midori Woodford

(00:16:00| 2018|fiction) Singapore



Citation - Best Short Film (International)

The award for best film goes to a delightful minimalist film, that brings the past, present and the future into a seamless blending; a tragic story told without sentimentality, but with pathos, pleasure and hope; a film that exploited the short film form to the utmost, in sketching a generational relationship between two women, whose bond is both personal and political. Maa Tuki by Suchana Saha



Best Short Film - National

Nominations

Urumaya (Inheritance) by Lanka Bandaranayake

(00:20:00|2020|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Light and Life by Upeksha Mahawaththa, Aruni Jayawardhana & Randi Imalka

(00:03:15|2019|Animation) Sri Lanka


Fake ID is watching by Fathima Kamila and Ashfaque Mohamed

(00:07:10|2019|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Thé Kahata by Yasodara Yasodhara Kariyawasam

(00:16:53|2020|Fiction|) Sri Lanka


It’s not a Tall Short thing by Shalini Divyanjalee

(00:16:00|2020|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Best Short Film - National

Light and Life by Upeksha Mahawaththa, Aruni Jayawardhana & Randi Imalka

(00:03:15|2019|Animation) Sri Lanka


Special Jury Award

Urumaya (Inheritance) by Lanka Bandaranayake

(00:20:00|2020|Fiction) Sri Lanka


Citation - Best Short Film (National)

For an unusual treatment of a common issue, the gendered division of labour, told in a non- linear fashion; for its use of metaphor in novel ways, signifying both hope and hopelessness, and for a story told in an emerging form, the award of Best Film in the national category goes to: Light and Life by Upeksha Mawaththa, Aruni Jayawardena, Randi Imalka


Lifetime Achievement Award

Aparna Sen - India


Citation - Lifetime Achievement Award

In 1984, at the premiere of her second film ‘Parama’, during the intermission, some men cornered Aparna Sen and said, ‘What do you think? Women’s liberation means committing adultery?’ Indeed, Sen had dealt a severe blow to the patriarchal construct of the society, and had revolutionized the treatment of adultery in Indian Cinema. ‘Parama’ had emboldened the middle-class Bengali woman to give vent to her suppressed longing for love and its fulfillment. South Asian Cinema had forever changed the narrative of women, aware of her desire and having sole ownership of her mind and body.


Yet, Aparna Sen, in her own admission, is not a ‘feminist’. She prefers to call herself a ‘humanist’. And hence, her female protagonists are flawed, and not merely victims, as seen in ‘Yugant’, ‘Paromitar Ek Din’ and ’15 Park Avenue’. In films like ‘The Japanese Wife’, and ‘Iti Mrinalini’, she has treated her male characters with utmost compassion and dignity.

Always aware of her socio-political surroundings, it takes an Aparna Sen to tackle a burning topic like Nationalism in ‘Ghawre Baire Aaj’, a brave and relevant adaptation of Tagore’s ‘Ghawre Baire’. Sen thereby remains valid with each of her films, every time she chooses to holler instructions into the Dictaphone.


The Indian Government has awarded Sen with two National Film Awards for Best Direction, apart from seven more in other categories. She was also honoured with a Padma Shri, in recognition of her contribution to Indian Cinema. She has served on juries at multiple international film festivals over the years, apart from being an active elocutionist, and an editor of the popular women’s magazine ‘Sananda’ for two decades.

A star-actor to reckon with, Sen built on her debut in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Teen Kanya (Samapti)’, with stellar acts in ‘Aparichito’, ‘Sujata’, ‘Indira’, ‘Ekanta Apan’, Maha Prithibi’, ‘Swet Patharer Thala’, ‘Unishe April’, ‘Paromitar Ek Din’, ‘Iti Mrinalini’ and ‘Sonata’, to name a few. She continues to act in Bengali films. From ’36 Chowringhee Lane’ to ‘Ghawre Baire Aaj’, Aparna Sen has lent an independent voice and a unique identity to women directors from South Asia. As she gets busy with her future work, we wish her all the best.