Jaffna International Cinema Festival

Celebrating Independent Cinema in the Peninsula
By Time Out editors |

At the second edition of the festival, award winning and critically acclaimed feature, documentary and short films from nearly 25 countries will be screened at Majestic Cineplex, Cargills Square, and at Kailasapathy Auditorium of University of Jaffna.

Festival Dates: September 23 – 27, 2016

Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, located on a peninsula of the same name. It is probably the only city in the world named after a musical instrument. ‘Yalpanam’ derives from an ancient musical instrument call ‘Yazh’(Tamil; Yaal). It is a harp with the tip of the stem of the instrument was carved into the head of the mythological animal Yali.

The Jaffna International Cinema Festival is a non-partisan platform to explore contemporary forms of creative expression in cinema.

Our main aim is to celebrate independent cinema in the peninsula, whilst creating an understanding of other cultures, promote harmony and mutual understanding through cinema.

The festival promotes and encourages young filmmakers by screenings of their debut films and short films.

We invite film enthusiasts, Sri Lankan and International, to visit Jaffna to experience the independent cinema of a new generation.

JaffnaICF Logo
Inspiration for the Jaffna International Cinema Festival logo came from ‘Yazh’.

Festival Director Anomaa Rajakaruna says “Our aim is to celebrate independent cinema in the peninsula, which is recovering from the destruction caused by a 30-year-old armed conflict and war. We believe in using art to reach people and we hope this festival would create a space for communities across borders to interact with each other through cinema”.

Awards at JAFFNAICF 2016
Honouring the seniors and encouraging the young generation JAFFNAICF will present 4 awards at its second edition of the festival.

Life Time Achievement Award

International Critics’ Award for the Best Debut Film

International Critics’ Award for the Best Short Film

Audience Award  (for a Short Film)

for further info : www.jaffnaicf.lk


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