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List of famous film directors from Sri Lanka, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Sri Lanka has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Sri Lanka directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Sri Lanka and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

With items ranging from Prasanna Jayakody to Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Sri Lanka directors?" and "Which directors are from Sri Lanka?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Sri Lanka in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Sri Lanka directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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A.S.A. Sami


A.S.A. Sami was a film director. ...more

Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Nationality: Sri Lanka

Films Directed: Arasilangumari, Rajakumaari, Ananda Jyoti, Thanga Padhumai, Karpurakarasi


Asitha Ameresekere is a British-Sri Lankan Filmmaker and Writer. Ameresekere was born in London, and was educated at the Overseas Children's School in Sri Lanka, Harrow School in London and read Classics at Bristol University. Ameresekere received an MFA in Directing for Theatre, Video & Cinema at the California Institute of the Arts. Ameresekere's short film Do Not Erase won Best Short Film at the 60th British Academy Film Awards. Ameresekere is currently in the development stage of his next short film, in addition to writing two feature films and a novella. A collection of Ameresekere's short stories Wedding Gifts & Other Presents will be published in May 2007 by Perera-Hussein Books in ...more

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: Sri Lanka, England

Films Directed: 14, Do Not Erase

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Asoka Handagama


Asoka Handagama is a Sri Lankan filmmaker. He obtained his primary and secondary schooling in a provincial school and went on to study Mathematics at the University of Kelaniya where he was awarded a first class honours degree. He obtained his MSc in Development Economics at Warwick University in 1995. ...more

Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Nationality: Sri Lanka

Films Directed: Aksharaya, Him^! Here After

Balu Mahendra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Sri Lanka
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Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran, commonly known as Balu Mahendra, was a cinematographer, director, screenwriter and film editor, who worked in various Indian film industries, primarily in Tamil cinema. Born into a Sri Lankan Tamil household, Mahendra developed a passion towards photography and literature at a young age. He was drawn towards film-making after witnessing the shoot of David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai in Sri Lanka. A graduate of the London University, he started his career as a draughtsman before gaining an admission to the Film and Television Institute of India to pursue a course in cinematography. Mahendra entered films as a cinematographer in the early 1970s and ...more

Birthplace: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Nationality: Sri Lanka, India

Films Directed: May Madham, Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal, Julie Ganapathi, Aur Ek Prem Kahani, Sadma, + more

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