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Sanjeewa Pushpakumara


Director/Scriptwriter Born in Sri Lanka in 1977. He grew up in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2005. From 2005 to 2006, Pushpakumara pursued a diploma in filmmaking from Sri Lanka's National Film Corporation, where he graduated at the top of his class. 


In 2007, Pushpakumara received a scholarship from the Korean Culture and Tourism Ministry to study filmmaking in the Asian Young Film Forum at Chonbuk National University (Korea). In 2009, he again underwent training in the Asian Film Academy as part of the Busan International Film Festival. Pushpakumara is currently completing an advanced degree in filmmaking at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, under the Korean government scholarship program. 


Pushpakumara's first feature film, Flying Fish, received a grant from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and subsequently obtained many awards (Best Director Award in St Petersburg, Best Asian Film in Bengaluru, Critic's Choice Award at the 5th New Jersey South Asian Film Festival, USA).


Burning Birds will be Sanjeewa’s second feature film.

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