Prime Minister calls for quality films
COLOMBO: Quality films are a must to attract filmgoers, said
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake.
The Government will give its unstinted support for artistes to
produce quality films, he said as the chief guest at the 31st Sarasaviya
Film Festival organised by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd at
the BMlCH on Thursday.
Awards were presented to outstanding films and artistes for films
screened in 2005 and 2006.
The film Iramediyama by Prasanna Vithanage won the award for the best
film in 2005 and Uduganyamaya by Sudath Devapriya won the award for the
best film in 2006. The two also bagged the best director’s awards.
Chandani Senevirathne for her role in Uduganyamaya won the best
actress 2006 while Ranjan Ramanayake for his role in Nilambare won the
best actor’s award for 2006.
The best actress’ award for 2005 was won by Dilhani Asokamala and the
best actor’s award was bagged by Mahendra Perera for his role in Sudu,
Kalu saha Alu.
An award was presented to Dr. Lester James Peris for his outstanding
contribution to the Sri Lankan Cinema. The award was received by his
Ranathisara awards were presented to Shesha Palihakkara, Roy de
Silva, Indrani Wijebandara and D. G. L. Perera in recognition of their
contribution to the Sri Lankan cinema. Mass Media and Information
Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Media Minister Lakshman Yapa
Abeywardene, Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and ANCL Acting Chairman
and Director Editorial Sarath Kongahage were present. People’s Bank was
the main sponsor of the 31st Sarasaviya Film Festival.