Youth Film Awards Festival held on a grand scale

Youth Film Awards Festival held on a grand scale

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The Youth Film Awards Festival organized by the National Youth Services Council and the Economic Affairs Ministry was organized on an elaborate scale yesterday. Song of the Innocent was adjudged the Best Short Film while “Back to the Home” clinched the Award for the Best Documentary.” The Awards were presented at the Tharanganie Cinema Hall yesterday, at the final day of the Youth Film Awards Festival. About 100 short films and documentary films were presented for the Short Films and Documentary films section of the Awards Festival. 15 short films and 13 documentary films were selected for the final round. These films were screened from the 06th to the 08th of this month at the Tharanganie Cinema Hall. The first place was won by Dhananjaya Bandara’s “Song of the Innocent” in the Short Film category.
A cash prize of 150,000 rupees was awarded. The first place in the documentary category was secured by Eranda Madhubashana’s “Back to the Home”
He received the Award and a cash prize of 150,000 rupees. The second place in the short film category was clinched by H.D.H.K. Gunasekara’s “Dhayai Dahaya” short film while the third plac was won by “Naked among Public” film. The second place in the documentary category was secured by “Nileena Barikayo” of K.M. Ayesha Damayanrthi while the third place was won by the film “Butterfly” of J.R. Joel.
100,000 and 75,000 rupees were given for respectively for the second and third places in these categories. In addition a sum of 25,000 rupees was presented from the fourth to the tenth places.
Veteran Film Director Dharmasiri Bandaranayake and Chairman of the National Youth Services Council Eranda Weliange expressed their views on the occasion.
The Festival was organized targeting the introduction of youth creators prepared to enter the film and television industry, to the national level.