Lankan 2006 BAFTA winner makes waves again

Asitha Ameresekere’s short film ‘14’ nominated at this year’s awards

He’s done it again. Sri- Lankan born film-maker Asitha Ameresekere who brought fame to Sri Lanka on an international stage by winning the BAFTA for Best Short Film in 2006 has been nominated again for another BAFTA at this year’s awards.

Asitha’s latest film ‘14’. Pic courtesy sff-ba/film/show/id

His latest nomination is for ‘14’ which explores the cycle of abuse within a family trying to communicate with one another. The film is written, directed and produced by Asitha. The nine-minute film shot on HD was filmed over two days in London, with four days being spent on picture editing and another three days on sound editing. The crew was the same team that made ‘Do Not Erase’, his 2006 BAFTA award-winner. The film stars Susan Cummins, Tony Wadham and Sarah Ridgeway.

The BAFTA, the British Film Awards are seen as Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars and will be held on Sunday, February 21 at the Royal Opera House in London.

Completed in 2008, ‘14’ has had an impressive list of nominations, and been selected in competition at 16 international film festivals so far. Apart from the BAFTA Nomination for Best Short Film 2010, ‘14’ has also had a European Film Academy Nomination for Best Short Film 2009, Best Short Film Award – L’Alternativa, Barcelona Independent Film Festival 2009, Vienna Short Film Award – Vienna Independent Short Film Festival 2009 and Prix UIP – Cork Film Festival 2008.

Meanwhile, the multi-talented Asitha who in 2008 also made his debut as a writer with a collection of short stories ‘Wedding Gifts and Other Presents’, a Perera-Hussein publication, has another film in the script development stage. Kin, is the feature film sequel to ‘Do Not Erase’ and has been selected as part of the Talent Project Market at the 60th Berlin Film Festival – one of 11 scripts selected from 267 submissions. Of the 11, ‘Kin’ is one of three selected as a ‘Talent Highlight Project’ by an international jury.

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