Magazine article Screen International

Sri Lanka's Film Island to Attract International Shoots

Magazine article Screen International

Sri Lanka's Film Island to Attract International Shoots

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Cannes Camera d'Or winner Vimukthi Jayasundara [pictured] and his fellow Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage are among the co-founders of a new production and distribution company, Film Island, which aims to bring international productions to Sri Lanka.

Vithanage and Jayasundara are working with a team of producers and strategic business partners to promote Sri Lanka as a shooting destination and offer production services for international shoots.

"As filmmakers ourselves we can answer any questions that filmmakers coming from Paris to Beijing might have about shooting in the country," said Jayasundara, who won the Camera d'Or in 2005 for The Forsaken Land and returned to Cannes in 2011 with Mushrooms.

The new outfit has already signed four MOUs with overseas partners, including France's Les Films de l'Etranger, which will represent Film Island in the global market. …

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