The first-ever Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) was hosted in Santa Barbara, California in 2022, and an esteemed Awards Ceremony was held in Colombo on February 10, 2023, at the Nawaloka Hospital Auditorium.

The occasion was graced by many influential and inspirational personalities in Sri Lanka’s Cinema industry and the ceremony also saw the participation of US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung, who was the Chief Guest at the event. 

The  Best Documentary Award for “Antarctica” was presented  to Consul General of Bulgaria Mr. Boyko Hristov, on behalf of Jivko Konstantinov.

Jivko Konstantinov  winner of the Best Documentary for “Antarctica.” Country Bulgaria. 

The Best Animation Award for Ticho: The Deep Of The Earth.”  was presented to Consular General of Mexico Mr. Euclides De Moral, on behalf of Adriana R. Vasquez.

Adriana Ronquillo Vasquez winner of Best Animation short film for “Ticho: The Deep Of The Earth”,  country Mexico.

Gayathri Khemadasa receiving Best Music award from Mr. Dharmadasa CEO of Cine Star, for her work in the movie ” The Newspaper.”

Mr. Dharmadasa CEO of Cine Star, Aruni Boteju Founder of CEYIFF with Best Actress award winner Niranjani Shanmugaraja for “Tsunami” and Director Somaratne Dissanayaka.

Receiving award for Best Director Sarath Kothalawala & Kumara Thirimadura for “The Newspaper”

Mrs. Latha Walpola, Ms. Iranganie Serasinghe and Niranjani Shanmugaraja. 

Director Jayantha Chandrasiri receiving Best Screenplay award for the movie “Gharasarapa”

Best Cinematographer award winner Prabath Roshan for the movie “Gharasarapa”

Best Editor award Ajith Ramanayake for ” Tsunami” 

Best Supporting Actress awards for Himali Sayurangi for the movie “Tsunami” 

Best Supporting Actor Kumara Thirimadura, for “The Newspaper.”

Best Actress award Niranjani Shanmugaraja for “Tsunami”

Best Actor award Sarath Kothalawala for “The Newspaper”

Director Somaratne Dissanayaka receiving Grand Prix for “Tsunami”

Director Somaratne Dissanayaka receiving award in behalf of his wife director, producer Renuka Balasuriya for Women in Cinema award, by Chief Guest of Honor US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung.

Lifetime achievement awards to veteran actress Ms. Iranganie Serasinghe who is 97 years old, and The Nightingale of Sri Lanka”, Mrs. Latha Walpola. 

Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung presenting the Life Time achievement award to veteran actress Ms. Iranganie Serasinghe. 

Madara Jayasena – upcoming lead actress movie “The Letter”

Ambassador Mrs. Julie Chung &  Mrs. Latha Walpola

Winners Himali Sayurangi Best Supporting Actress,  Director Somaratne Dissanayaka, Grand Prix and Niranjani Shanmugaraja  Best Actress for “Tsunami” 

Winner of Best Short film Madhawa Thirimanna  for ” Alone” and  Niranjani Shanmugaraja.

Gayathri Khemadasa and her music team. 

Winners with Founder Aruni Boteju and Board member Mrs. Pradeepa Dharmadasa. 

Winners of Ceylon International Film Festival 2022. 

Winners of Ceylon International Film Festival 2022. 

Chief Guest of Honor US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung.