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THE PIONEER OF MEDIA TRAINING IN SRI LANKA

MEDIA DIALOGUE TO PROMOTE COEXISTENCE

INAUGURATION OF PROGRAM FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS ON
“MEDIA DIALOGUE TO PROMOTE COEXISTENCE”
23rd October to 26th October 2015
At Camelot hotel, Negombo.
The workshop was designed to initiate dialogue on co-existence and to introduce to young media to understand concepts and processes of social integration and national integration in a lens of diversity, multiculturalism, and ethnicity and also to emphasize the role of the media in this context. A social integration survey was conducted by the former Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration which helped formulate some of the underpinning themes of the workshop.
Media Professionals from all communities participated in the workshop, which was lively and stimulating. The participants responded enthusiastically to the varied sessions related to themes such as ‘Understanding Conflict” “Gender and Sexuality”, “the need for Multiple Perspectives”, “Freedom of Expression and its Social Dimensions,” the “The Right to Information” and “Reconciliation.” On the 26th of October the Honorable Minister, Mr. Mano Ganesan, spoke on integration and dialogue.
On the last day of the session Ms.lovita Ramguttee Deputy Country director of UNDP also attended the workshop. On the final day of the workshop, the participants presented creative projects on the subject, which were though provoking and led to further discussion. Certificates were awarded to all the participants at the workshop.

COLOMBO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015 COLOMBO In association with Okinawa International Movie Festival And powered by National Film Corporation IFFColombo was held from November 6 to November11, in association with the Okinawa International Movie Festival and powered by the National Film Corporation and the Directors' Guild of Sri Lanka. The festival venues this year were several key theatres in Colombo - the Regal cinema, Majestic cinema complex, the Empire, Tharangani Hall at the National Film Corporation and SLMTI. The festival had its grand opening on November 6, 2015 with the screening of the Cannes Golden Palm award winning film 'Dheepan'. There was a section titled 'Asian Competition' inaugurating the competitive section of the film festival. Ten highly acclaimed movies from the Asian region participated in the festival. The mosaic of Sri Lankan New Cinema Competition is a fresh section introduced in this second season of the festival. Seven new films produced by Sri Lankan filmmakers also featured in the Programme. In addition, more than 50 globally acclaimed movies were screened at IFFColombo. Apart from 'Dheepan', internationally acclaimed movies included the Berlin Golden Bear award winning film 'Taxi' by Jafar Panahi, 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato' by world cinema icon Peter Greenaway and 'Sils Maria' by Olivier Assayas. World renowned veteran film makers, Adoor Gopalakrishnan from India and the Serbian movie icon Emir Kusturica were felicitated at IFFC 2015, with a screened of their outstanding movies. It is noteworthy that IFFC 2015 is the first film festival to host a retrospective of Emir Kusturica. Another new event at the IFFC is the opportunity granted to young short filmmakers to screen their short films and vie for

Certificate Ceremony 2015