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NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Best Editor

1st Sarasaviya Awards - 1964
Gamperaliya

2 Best Editor

4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967
Delovak Athara

3 Best Editor

1st Presidential Award 1979
Ahasin Polovata

4 Best Director [2nd]

6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
Gehenu Lamai

5 Best Editor

6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
Ahasin Polovata

6 Best Director

3rd Presidential Award 1981
Ganga Addara

7 Best Editor

3rd Presidential Award 1981
Ganga Addara

8 Best Director

9th Sarasaviya Awards - 1981
Ganga Addara

9 Best Director

5th Presidential Award 1983
Yahalu Yeheli

10 Best Director

10th OCIC Award Ceremony 1983
Yahalu Yeheli

11 Best Director

13th Sarasaviya Awards - 1985
Maya

12 Best Director

17th Sarasaviya Awards - 1989
Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda

13 Best Director

16th OCIC Award Ceremony 1989
Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda

14 Best Director

2nd Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1990
Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda

15 "Ranathisara" Award

21st Sarasaviya Awards - 1993

16 Best Director

11th Presidential Award 1997
Loku Duwa

17 Best Director

25th Sarasaviya Awards - 1998
Loku Duwa

18 Best Director

12th Presidential Award 2000
Duwata Mawaka Misa

19 "Swarna Sinha" Award

13th Presidential Award 2000

20 Abhimani Award

33rd Sarasaviya Awards - 2016
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CREW MEMBER

1Gamperaliya
Editor
1963
2Delovak Athara
Editor
1966
3Golu Hadawatha
Editor
1968
4Desa Nisa
Producer
1975
5Madol Doova
Editor
1976
6Gehenu Lamai
Director
1978
7Ahasin Polovata
Editor
1978
8Ganga Addara
Director
1980
9Yahalu Yeheli
Director
1982
10Maya
Director
1984
11Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda
Director
1988
12Loku Duwa
Director
1996
13Duwata Mawaka Misa
Director
1997
14Sakman Maluwa
Director
2003
15Vaishnavee
Director
2018
BIOGRAPHY

Early life
Sumitra Gunawardena (birth name) was born on March 24th 1935 to a Marxist family known as Boralugoda Gunewardenas in Avissawella. Her father, Henry (better known as Harry) Gunawardena was a proctor in Avissawella and mother, Harriette Wickramasinghe was from a middle class family. Three of Sumitra's relatives - Dinesh Gunawardena, Geethanjana Gunawardena and Prasanna Gunawardena are still in Sri Lankan politics today.

When Sumitra was 14 years her mother died. At that time her brother, Gamini, five years elder to her and sister, Chandralatha, four years elder than her, and also younger brother Ranjith. After the tragedy of their mother's death her elder brother Gamini went to south of France and lived in a yacht with a French painter.

Sumitra began her education in Avissawella, then later enrolled to Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and finally joined the Aquinas College Colombo to do the London Advanced Level.
At the age of 20 Sumitra find some amount of money and travelled to Europe by ship to meet her elder brother Gamini there to build her own career there.[3]

Personal life
Sumitra married Lester James Peries on June 19th 1964 All Saints Church.

Career
With advice of her brother Gamini she studied French in Laussanne, Switzerland in 1950's. She met Lester there and he was to screen his first film Rekava at the Cannes Film Festival and Lester advised her to study movie making in London rather than in France.
She studied film making at the London School of Film Technique and was awarded a Diploma in Film Direction and Production (1957-1959). She was the only woman studying this subject there at that time. After passing out, she began working at Mai Harris, a subtitling firm for a short period and returned back to home in Sri Lanka.

Sumitra's brother Gamini contacted Lester and checked the possibility of her sister to work with him. Lester agreed and Sumitra started the work as assistant director in his second film Sandesaya. A filmmaking company called Cinelanka was established in 1963 with Anton Wickramasinghe also Lester and Sumitra as major shareholders.

In 1980's Sumitra was a member of the Presidential Commission for two years to conducted an inquiry into Sri Lanka's film sector regarding all aspects of the industry such as its troubles, statistics, public opinions and recommendations.

She was in charge of production for Worldview International in Sri Lanka in period of 1988-1990. Also during the period of late 1980s and early 1990s, she was a member of the Board of Management of the Institute of Aesthetique Studies, Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka and Prof A J Gunewardena was the Director General of the Institute at that time.
Sumitra has been working as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France won the award for the best film director in fifty (50) years of Sri Lankan cinema.

 
 
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