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Programme and Tickets

When you arrive in Galle, a programme will be available from the following locations –

Serendipity Café        33 Lighthouse Street      The Sun House
100 Pedlar Street       Galle Fort                       Upper Dickson Road
Galle Fort                                                          Galle

The Programme will be filled with information about each and every film and all their screening times, plus all the fringe events around the festival. 

So you can plan your weekends, here is an outline of the programme as it now stands.

Fringe Events

Thursday 23rd October

21 30 –  Dicks Bar, Sun House
An evening of live French music, performed by Martin Surot on the piano and Charlotte Plasse, Soprano. A French dinner of coq au vin with frites and tarte tatin  for desert will be available efore  
the music begins.

Entry: 500 Rs
Dinner: 1,500 Rs
Please book ahead to avoid

Friday 24th October

19 30 –  Lighthouse Hotel
Around the Fort in 80 Lives by Juliet Coombe will be launched with drinks and dinner in The Cinnamon Room.  A complimentary signed copy of the book will be given to each guest with free entry into a prize draw.

Ticket: 5,000 Rs
Tickets can be purchased at

Serendipity Café, or call Juliet
Coombe on: +94776838659

23 00 – Dicks Bar, The Sun House
A tribute to the late Paul Newman with a showing of “Cool Hand Luke” on the widescreen in Dick’s Bar’s comfy lounge.

Entry: 500 Rs
Purchase on the door.

Saturday 25th October

18 00 – The Ambassadors, Lighthouse Street
Spanish wines to savour at a sophisticated wine tasting event.

Free Entry

Sunday 26th October

23 00 – Dicks Bar, The Sun House
The tribute to Paul Newman continues with a showing of “The Hustler”.

Entry: 500 Rs
Purchase on the door.

Main Events

Saturday 25th October

19 30          – Hall de Galle -             Screening of Paul Schrader’s "Adam Resurrected".

21 30           – Amangalla -               Dinner.

Tickets for both the above events: 7,000 Rs Purchase at 33 Lighthouse Street and Amangalla, Galle Fort.

23 30  – Dicks Bar, The Sunhouse   A late night screening of the old classic, “Elephant Walk”.
Entry: 500 Rs
Purchase on the door.


Sunday 26th October

10 30 – 22 00    – Hall de Galle -    Screening of Sri Lankan classics.

10:30 – 12:40 BADDEGAMA, Village in the Jungle (1980) dir. Lester James
Peries. 130mins

13:00 -  14:50 IRA MADIYAMA, August Sun, (2003) dir. Prasanna Vithanage.  108

15:15 – 17:15 THUNVENI YAMAYA, Third Part of the Night (1983) dir.
Dharmasiri Bandaranayeke. 120mins

18:00 – 20:00 SAGARA JALAYA, Letter Written in Sand (1988) dir. Sumithra
Peries. 120mins

20:15 – 10:05 SULANGA ENU PINISA, The Forsaken Land (2005) dir. Vimukthi
Jayasundara. 110 minutes

Free entry, everyone welcome!

Saturday 1st November

10 30 – 17 15 – Hall de Galle -    Screening of more Sri Lankan classics

10:30 – 12:40 BADDEGAMA, Village in the Jungle (1980) dir. Lester James Peries. 130mins

13:00 – 15:00  SAKMAN MALUWA, The Garden (2003) dir. Sumithra Peries

15:15– 17:15 TANI TATUWEN PIYA, Flying with one wing. (2002) dir. Asoka Handagama

Free entry, everyone welcome!

17 30             –Amangalla -               Cocktails

19 00            – Hall de Galle -           Asian Premiere of Ketan Mehta’s “Rang Rasiya”; “Colours of Passion”.

21 45            - Lighthouse Hotel -     Gala Dinner

22 30            - Tamarind Hill -          Colours of Passion Party

Tickets for gala events on the 1st of November are available in four tiers.

1)      All four events (whole night) 10,000 Rs
2)      Cocktails, Film, Dinner (Half night) 8,000 Rs
3)      Film Only 1,000 Rs
4)      Party Only 5,000 Rs 

Tickets for this night can be purchased at 33 Lighthouse Street in the Fort.


Sunday 2nd November

11 00 – 12 45 – Hall de Galle -     UNDP film on ‘Hunger’ followed  by a panel discussion


14 00 – 18 00  - Hall de Galle -   Screening of two Sri Lankan children’s films and screening of a documentary produced by Ihalagoda School, Sri Lanka and Tibshelf School, UK


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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