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Galle Film Festival  | Sri Lanka’s first international film festival

The Galle Film Festival has as its key objectives:

1. Raise awareness of the increasing depth and diversity of Sri Lankan cinema, its contribution to world cinema and showcase that talent side by side with key international film-makers.

2. Stimulate the local industry by facilitating interaction with the world industry and familiarising it with Sri Lanka and its potential as a production location. International productions shooting in Sri Lanka will help develop the industry and talent base while creating jobs and new business opportunities.

3. Through access to world cinema talent attending the festival, workshops, panel discussions etc we will aide the development of talent, skills and resources within Sri Lanka.

4. Expose Sri Lankans to films that are currently winning awards internationally but which are yet to have secured distributors in Sri Lanka.

5. Encourage young people to experiment with film-making.

6. Promoting Galle and Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. Show the media and key tourist audiences that Galle is a prime tourist destination.

7. Promote the power of media to help achieve social change via the Universal Forum.

8. The Universal Forum programme of the festival will assist in educating the public on a range of topical issues.

Sri Lanka’s First Lady, Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapakse is to be patron of the Galle Film Festival. Her addition has confirmed the festival’s future standing as one of Sri Lanka’s most reputable cultural events.

Legendary Writer/Director Paul Schrader’s latest film, Adam Resurrected, to open Galle Film Festival’s launch event with a Gala fundraiser on the 25th October.

Fresh from the World Premiere of "Rang Rasiya" (Colours of Passion) in London, director Ketan Mehta has selected Galle as the location of his Asian premiere.

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) film, Food For Thought is part of our Universal Forum focussing on the ways we can raise issues, change agendas and effect real change in the world.

Latest News

Tickets now on sale for all events. Available from
Barefoot, Colombo
and from
33 Lighthouse Street, Fort, Galle.

Festival Supporters

Sri Lanka Tourist Board
Sri Lanka Tourist Board

The Universal Forum is in partnership with UNDP

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