In 2010 the costal town of Galle will play host to Sri Lanka’s inaugural international film festival. The festival will be a five day extravaganza.
The Galle Film Festival aims to provide a forum where film can be embraced, appreciated and discovered. The workshops, discussion groups and gala are designed to facilitate dialogue between audiences, critics and filmmakers whilst providing a common meeting place for like minded individuals who share a passion for film.
The festival also encompasses a screening series titled Shooting for Change, which focuses on the power of the media to affect social change. Shooting for Change is an annual feature, with each year having its own theme. Through various activities ranging from screenings to workshops, we will explore the role of films in changing human values, minds and behaviour. The central focus will be on the complex and enormous challenges of the evolving relationship between nature and society.
The setting for the film festival will be the historic costal city of Galle and its glorious fort, which is also a UN world heritage site. Galle offers an idyllic setting for the film festival, with its old world charm, tropical scenery and post colonial accent. The city also provides an inimitable getaway for exploring the cuisine, lifestyle and cultural diversity of Sri Lanka’s resplendent south.