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Prasanna Vithanage
ප්‍රසන්න විතානගේ
1962
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SUMMARY

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
1Special Jury Award for Directing
Fribourg International Film Festival - 2003
Fribourg - Switzerland

 
NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Best Director

20th OCIC Award Ceremony 1993
Sisila Ginigani

2 Best Director

5th Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1993
Sisila Ginigani

3 Best Director

3rd Vicharaka Sammana Ulela - FIPRESCT 1996
Anantha Rathriya

4 Best Script Writer

3rd Vicharaka Sammana Ulela - FIPRESCT 1996
Anantha Rathriya

5 "Vishva Keerthi" Award

26th Sarasaviya Awards - 1998

6 Best Director

4th Vicharaka Sammana Ulela - FIPRESCT 1998
Pawru Walalu

7 "Wishwa Keerthi" Award

12th Presidential Award 2000 - 2

8 Special Jurry Award

13th Presidential Award 2000
Pawru Walalu

9 Best Script Writer

27th Sarasaviya Awards - 2002
Purahanda Kaluwara

10 Best Director

26th OCIC Award Ceremony 2002
Pawru Walalu

11 Best Director

28th OCIC and UNDA Award Ceremony 2002
Purahanda Kaluwara

12 Best Script Writer

28th OCIC and UNDA Award Ceremony 2002
Purahanda Kaluwara

13 Best Director

31st Sarasaviya Awards - 2006
Ira Madiyama

14 Best Director

4th Derana Film Awards 2016
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

15 Best Script

2nd Hiru Golden Film Awards 2016
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

16 Best Director

33rd Sarasaviya Awards - 2016
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

17 Best Script Writer

33rd Sarasaviya Awards - 2016
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

18 Special Jury Prize

5th Derana Film Awards 2017
Silence In The Courts

19 Jury First Award

3rd Hiru Golden Film Awards 2018
Age Asa Aga

20 Best Script Writer

34th Sarasaviya Awards - 2018
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CREW MEMBER

1Sisila Ginigani
Director
1992
2Pawru Walalu
Director
1999
3Anantha Rathriya
Director / Script
2001
4Purahanda Kaluwara
Director / Script
2001
5Ira Madiyama
Director
2005
6Machan
Producer
2008
7Akasa Kusum
Director / Producer / Story
2009
8Vidhu
Co-Producer
2010
9Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka
Director / Script
2015
10Silence In The Courts
Director / Script
2016

UPCOMING

1Thundenek
Director
2Gaadi
Producer
3Gaadi
Director
BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1962, Prasanna Vithanage became involved in theatre on leaving school. 

 
He translated and directed Bernad Shaw's 'Arms and the Man' in 1986, and Dario Fo's 'Raspberries and Trumpets' in 1991. 
 
In 1992, he directed his first film ' Sisila Gini Gani ' (Ice on Fire). It won nine OCIC (Sri Lanka) Awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 
 
Four years later in 1996 was his second feature ' Anantha Rathriya ' (Dark Night of the Soul), which he wrote and directed. 
It participated in several international film Festivals and won a Jury's Special Mention at the First Pusan International Film festival. The film also won all the main awards at the 1996 Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards (affiliated to FIPRESCI) including awards for Most Outstanding Film, Best Director and Best Scriptwriter. 
 
'Pawuru Walalu' (Walls Within), his third feature in 1997 won the Best Actress Award for Nita Fernando in her role as Violet, at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival. It even won ten out of eleven awards in Best Picture and Best Director at the Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards. 
 
His fourth feature ' Purahanda Kaluwara ' (Death on A Full Moon Day) of the same year, 1997, which he wrote and directed was produced by NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation). It won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival. Initially banned by the government of Sri Lanka, it has since become the most successful film in the more than half a century history of cinema in Sri Lanka. 
 
Prasanna Vithanage completed “Ira Madiyama”, his 05th film in 2003. it was on to win many international awards and was featured prominently in the world festival circuit.
 
In 2007, Vithanage co-produced the hit film "Machan," a comedy about a group of working class con artists posting as a handball team, directed by "Full Monty" producer Uberto Pasolini. "Machan" premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008.
 
2008 also saw the World Premiere of Prasanna Vithanage's 6th feature film as director, "Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky)" in Pusan, South Korea. The film is currently touring the festival circuit and will be released into Sri Lankan cinemas in July 2009.
 
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