We provided a grant to Anomaa Rajakaruna of Agenda 14 (Private) Limited, to identify and nurture filmmakers interested in professionalizing their skills, to support the creation of safe spaces for thought-provoking content, to promote dialogue and understanding, and connect with each other through creativity within communities.
Five aspirant and emerging filmmakers were selected from 61 applications from across the country.
We organised an additional skills development and exposure visit for the shortlisted filmmakers at the Jaffna International Cinema Festival 2019. Award winning UK screenwriter, Helen Blakeman conducted a workshop and one to one session with the filmmakers.
Three short films were launched during the 2nd Colombo International Women's Film Festival 2020 and two short films were launched at the International Jaffna Cinema Festival 2021.
Producer of the short films
Anomaa Rajakaruna has travelled extensively in Sri Lanka documenting the lives of community groups, particularly the lives of women and children in these communities and has addressed issues such as women in armed conflict, displacement, sexual harassment and violence against women. She uses photography and documentary film for expression and has won several awards for her work both nationally and internationally.
Since 2015, in partnership with several international organisations and cultural institutes in Colombo she has produced over 70 short films with young filmmakers in Sri Lanka on co-existence, democracy, youth issues and gender-based violence.