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Film director Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Rupavahini Corporation Chairman

Years active 1997–Present

Website www.somadissa.com

Kalasuri
Kalasuri
Somaratne Dissanayake is a Sri Lankan film director, screen writer and a producer.[1] He is the president of the Film Makers Guild of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
(FMG).[citation needed] He still holds the record of the most popular film (Suriya Arana) in the history of Sri Lankan cinema.[citation needed] He won the Peace prize of Chicago International Children's Film Festival and bronze award for Independent Theatrical Feature Films at Worldfest Houstan for his debut film, Saroja (2000).[2] In 2007, He received Presidential award for directing Samanala Thatu
Samanala Thatu
(2006).[3] He is also the recipient of the “Peoples Award” as the People’s artist of the country for last five consecutive years.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Trivia 3 Awards and nominations

3.1 Chicago International Children's Film Festival 3.2 Dhaka International Film Festival 3.3 Pyongyang International Film Festival 3.4 Iran International Film Festival 3.5 Kerala International Film Festival 3.6 Singapore International Film Festival 3.7 Vesoul Asian Film Festival 3.8 WorldFest Houston 3.9 Asia Pacific Screen Awards 3.10 Houston International Film Festival 3.11 Presidential Awards 3.12 Mexico International Film Festival 3.13 Rimouski International Film Festival 3.14 Sousse International Film Festival 3.15 Golden Elephant International Children Film Festival 3.16 Mexico Interanaional Children Film Festival 3.17 Lola International Children Film Festival 3.18 Argentina International Children Film Festival 3.19 Rimouski International Children Film Festival 3.20 Chinese International Children Film Festival 3.21 Lucas International Film Festival

4 As a director 5 References

Biography[edit] Somaratne Dissanayake studied science subjects in school, and obtained the first degree from London University in Medical Radiography. He migrated to Australia in 1978, and while practicing in the medical field, did the post-graduate studies in performing arts, and obtained M.A.degree (performance directing) from The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney
in 1997. He obtained the PhD (Honoris Cuasa) in cinema from the university of Performing Arts, Colombo in 2010.He gave up the permanent residency and citizenship in Australia, with the highly lucrative medical profession in view of making films in the motherland, Sri Lanka. All of his films have won many international awards in various world festivals, interestingly, his films are not only artistic successes, but also commercial successes, as he is in a habit of breaking his own box office records every time with a new film.Dr. Somaratne Dissanayake is the president of the Film Makers Guild of Sri Lanka (FMG), which consists almost all the film producers and directors of the country. He is married to renowned producer and television host Renuka Balasuriya. Trivia[edit] He still holds the record by making of the most popular film (Suriya Arana) in the history of Sri Lankan cinema. He is the recipient of the “Peoples Award” as the People’s artist of the country for last five consecutive years. On January 2015, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). Awards and nominations[edit] His almost all films were critically adjudged by many local and international film festival and won many awards as well.[4] Chicago International Children's Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja LivUllmann Peace Award Won

Dhaka International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film Won

2003 Punchi Suranganavi Jury Mention Award Won

2014 Siri Raja Siri Best Audience Award for Best Film Won

Pyongyang International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja Special
Special
Award of the Festival Won

Iran International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja Award for the Best Director Won

2000 Saroja Award for the Best Performance (Pramudi and Nithyavani) Won

Kerala International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja Golden Crow Pheasant Prize Nominated

2003 Punchi Suranganavi Golden Crow Pheasant Prize Nominated

Singapore International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Feature Film Nominated

Vesoul Asian Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2001 Saroja Audience Award Won

WorldFest Houston[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Saroja Bronze Award for First Feature Won

Asia Pacific Screen Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Siri Raja Siri Asia Pacific Screen Awar for Best Children's Feature Film Nominated

Houston International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Sooriya Arana Silver Remi Award for the Best Feature Won

Presidential Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Most Popular Film of the Year Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Lyrics Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Singer (Harshana Dissanayake) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Make-Up (Ebert Wijesinghe) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Sound (Shayamani Premasundara) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Cinematography (Channa Deshapriya) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Jury Award Performance (Dasun Madushanka) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Jury Award Performance (Sajitha Anuththara) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Actor (Jackson Anthony) Won

2005 Sooriya Arana Award for The Best Script (Somaratne Dissanayake) Won

Mexico International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2005 Samanala Thatu Best Film Award Won

Rimouski International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2005 Samanala Thatu HumanitasCamerio Award Won

2005 Samanala Thatu Jury Mention Award Won

Sousse International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 Samanala Thatu Best Film Gold Award Won

Golden Elephant International Children Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 Samanala Thatu Silver Elephant Award Won

Mexico Interanaional Children Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Siri Raja Siri Jury Mention Award for Best Film Won

Lola International Children Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Siri Raja Siri Silver Knobi Award for Best Film Won

Argentina International Children Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Siri Raja Siri Signis Jury Award for the Best Film Won

Rimouski International Children Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Siri Raja Siri CamerioHumanitas Award Won

2008 Siri Raja Siri Cifej Award Won

Chinese International Children Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2008 Siri Raja Siri Award for the Best Child Actor Won

Lucas International Film Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2011 Bindu Special
Special
Jury Award Won

As a director[edit] Often rated as one of the best directors in Sri Lankan cinema, he has directed only 8 films, but all of them were blockbusters and easily passed 150 days.

Year No. Film Role

2000

Saroja Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2002

Punchi Suranganavi Director, screenwriter

2004

Sooriya Arana Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2005

Samanala Thatu Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2008

Siri Raja Siri Director, screenwriter

2009

Bindu Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2013

Siri Parakum Director, screenwriter, lyricist

2016

Sarigama Director

TBD

Under Panty Thief[5] Director

References[edit]

^ "Somaratne Dissanayake". National Film Corporation of Sri lanka. Retrieved July 6, 2008.  ^ "Somaratne Dissanayake". National Film Corporation of Sri lanka. Retrieved July 6, 2008.  ^ "President honours Lankan Cinema". The Sunday Times. February 4, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2013.  ^ "ACHIEVEMENTS OF DR. SOMARATNE DISSANAYAKE". somadissa.com. Retrieved 11 March 2017.  ^ "Adults only film by Dr. Somaratne". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 O

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