Picture below shows young students participating in a 10 day film camp in Bandaragama.
The project is part of the community outreach programme of the mega Galle Film Festival event. Hundreds of children between the ages of 14-17 applied to participate this year. 40 children were selected to take part in this camp, held at the Sarvodaya centre.
The children were separated into four groups, and asked to create a short film. Everything from scriptwriting, to acting, editing and even some production work was carried out by the children themselves, with the help of a few directors and volunteers.
The aim of the workshop was to bring together children from diverse backgrounds, erasing prejudice in the wake of a decade-long, bitter civil war. As such, students from Badulla mingled with children from Jaffna, and scripts switched between Sinhala, Tamil and English as participants aimed to make the final product accessible to everyone.
The Bandaragama camp ends tomorrow. A second camp with a further 40 students is scheduled to be held in Galle next week.