makes to Amsterdam
By Susitha R. Fernando
The hope on the horizon for Sri Lankan cinema as a number of young
filmmakers taking an active initiative injecting new life to and
creativity to it. They persevere with their dreams of becoming future
film director though not sponsored by any governmental or individual
Dewapriya director on his own doing short films left for Netherlands
to participate at the International Competition of Cinestud's, Amsterdam
this year. Malaka contribution is his shorts film 'Life Circle'.
'05 focuses on the desires and beliefs of the student-filmmaker.
The goal of the organizers is to give a cinematic overview of the
ideals and concerns harboured by the students. By making an inventory,
rather than presenting a subjective selection, the festival hopes
to project an image of what concerns today's young filmmakers.
student-filmmaker is the future cineast. His/her work is the founding
stone for the cinema of tomorrow. While it is the professional filmmaker
who is restricted by financial burdens and commercial pressures,
the fledgling filmmaker is independent. This often gives rise to
challenging and innovative works.
how does the student-filmmaker use this artistic freedom? How is
cinema used as a medium? How are ideals and concerns expressed through
this medium? What is there to say about this generation? What values
will characterise the coming era?
giving cinematographers-to-be the opportunity to show their work,
the organizers hope to get close to answering these questions. Cinestud
'05 offers a platform for the ideals of the upcoming generation
International Competition of Cinestud's tenth edition consists of
84 films from 32 different countries. Aiming to give an impression
of the international developments in student film, film schools
all around the world have been invited to be part of Cinestud '05.
on the entries, twelve themes have been formulated, which give an
idea of the issues that occupy young filmmakers across the globe.
In each theme item, films with diverse views have been put together
to give an impression of each theme from different angles. Besides
societal relations in 'Liberté, Egalité et Fraternité
anno 2005' / 'Conform or Confront', politics in 'We the People'
and safety in 'Damocles' Sword', students have also drawn on personal
theme's, such as the relationship between the sexes in 'Male - Female',
generational conflicts in 'Time is Still - We are Moving' and loyalty
in 'Judas' Kiss'. The finding of one's identity or road in life
emerges in the items 'Soulsearching', 'Choose life', 'In der Heimat'
and 'Life is but a Dream'. The trial between fantasy and reality
is represented in 'Esse est Percipi'.
films in the International Competition compete for the Jury prize
of 5000 euro and the Public choice award of 1000 euro. Both prizes
will be presented at the grand final party on the 15th of May in
film is selected to screen in the competition 'Life is but a Dream'.
The woman's life is marked on her body, her fingers her eyes her
feet and her hair. It lies in the material surrounding her in swathes.
A women life is about material reality it is about her connection
to a life of labour and the instruments of labour, here it is the
machine. This short film poignantly captures a woman's ties to the
machine, that she is productively involves with. While the machine
provides her with hope it is also an ominous presence. The film
sparse and evocative in capturing the relation between worker and
machine, labour, product, women and life.
the woman by Nilu Liyanage, the technical crew in the film include
Chintaka Somakeerthi did the lighting and camera, editing is by
Harsha Disanayaka and Sarath Pallepitiya, Set design by Roshan Kuruppu
and make up was handled by Suresh Perera. To the assistance Indika
Udayasiri and Gihan de Chickera, 'Life Circle' is scripted and directed
by Malaka Dewapriya. The film was presented by Cinema and Photographic
Society of the University of ColomboEarlier Malaka's another short
film "Exchange" was selected for the final round of the
'Shorts Shorts' International Short Film Festival, a festival scheduled
at the end of October was a competition that runs parallel to the
Tokyo International Film Festival. The film was also selected for
the final round of the Tenth Tel Aviv Student Short Film Festival.
The festival which was rated as one of the top festivals of its
kind by 'Cilect' (the international organization of cinema school)
was organized by Film Department of the University of Tel-Aviv in