Prasanna Jayakody

Creative Conceptual Heavyweight, Trans visionary Mentor-Motivator, Synchronizer of Philosophy and Silver Screen, capturing the infinitesimal states of minds and beings of the world through passionate lenses.

Film Director

Sankara (Introspection) (2007)

Sankara is “a poetry recited over a collection of striking images.”

Jury’s comment
30th Cairo International Film Festival 2006

“Sankara is a real jewel of subtlety, beauty and spirituality.”

Michele Levieux
Journalist/ Film Critic
Cairo International Film Festival

Awards and Participations

Cairo International Film Festival – 2006- Silver Pyramid Award for the Best Director (Won)

Best Debut Director (Won), International Film Festival of Kerala – 2006

International Film Festival of Kerala-2006-NETPAC Award (Won)

Bursa Festival – 2007 – Special Jury Mention

Dhaka International Film Festival – 2008- FIPRESCI Prize (Won)

Karma (2010)

Awards and Participations

International Participation:

  • Pusan
    International Film Festival in South Korea (2010)
  • São Paulo
    International Film Festival in Brazil
  • Rotterdam
    International Film Festival in the Netherlands
  • Chicago
    International Film Festival
  • Bildrausch
    International Film Festival in Switzerland
  • Marrakech
    International Film Festival in Morocco
  • Isolacinema
    International Film Festival in Slovenia

28 (2014)

Film 28 is “a well-measured and crafted film that emotionally engages the audience through poetic storytelling of a critical subject.”

Jury’s Comment
Rotterdam International Film Festival , 2014

“…poignant storytelling about marginalized characters. The director captivates the audience through very clever cinematic storytelling, continuously surfing on the cutting edge of irony and humour.”

Jury’s Comment
8th SAARC Film Festival

“The powerful film 28 is a film way ahead of Indian cinema in addressing the abuse and violence against women.”

Meenakshi Shedde
India Consultant to the Berlin Film Festival, award winning critic, curator, journalist

Awards and Participations

NETPAC Award (Won) at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) (2014)

Award for the Best Director (Won) at the SAARC Film Festival 2018 Rotterdam, Netherlands

Special Jury Mention at Bled Film Festival (2014), Bled, Slovenia

Award for the Best Film (Won) at Derana Film Festival 2018

Sarasavi Film Festival 2017 (Won) awards for:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Script
Best Camera
Best Editor

Award for the Best Director (Won) at Derana Film Festival 2018 and Hiru Golden Awards 2018

Sansaraye Dadayakkaraya (Leopard Do Not Bite)(2015)

“Leopard Do Not Bite creates a window to the world for Asian films.”

Alex Suber, Film Critic
Busan International Film Festival 2015

Awards and Participations

International Participation :

Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea (2015)

Teledrama Director

Best Teledrama Director Awards (Won)

  • Nisala Wila – The Still Pond (1999)
  • Imadiya Mankada – At the Crossing (2000)
  • Sanda Amawakai – The Moon Eclipsed (2002)
  • Hada Wila Sakmana (2003)

Best Young Director Award (Won)

  • Awasana Horawa – Final Hour (1998)

Screen Writer

Asia Pacific Screen Award
(Nominated) for Best Screen Play for film 28

Award for the Best Screen Play
(Won) at Derana Film Festival 2018 for film 28

Script writer of films Sankara, Karma, 28 , Belly-Plea, Sathya Kama, Sansaraye Dadayakkaraya

Theater Director and Playwright

Best Stage Drama award (Won) for Sevaneli Saha Minissu (Shadows and Men)
in the State Drama Festival (1993)

Best Stage Drama award (Won) for Sevaneli Saha Minissu (Shadows and Men) in the State Drama Festival (1993)

Playwright of Sevaneli Saha Minissu (Shadows and Men), Gonnu, Katharaka Api


Hadagini Hanga (Litro Campaign Theme Song)

Film 28 theme song Nannadunanni

Executive Creative Director
  • Executive Creative Director and Company Director of Sky Entertainments
  • Key-point-person of the “GARU AMMAWARUN WENUWEN” award winning national campaign (2017) for Litro Gas Lanka, who held the panoramic responsibilities from creative concept development to creative direction.
  • Creative Director of SRI LANKA MATHA music video by singers Bathiya and Santhush for the War winning creative campaign (2007)
  • Creative Director of the international award winning commercial for Signal Sina Bo Wewa campaign  (2013)
  • Creative Director of the pitch winning documentary of Cargils Ceylon (PLC) for international funding
  • Creative Director for the 25th Anniversary
    Celebration campaign with International Cricket star Sanath Jayasuriya for Cargils Ceylon (PLC) (2008)
  • Advertising Campaigns for films Sankara, Karma and 28
  • Creative Director for over 500 television commercial


KEY CLIENTS (Creative Director)
Visiting Lecturer (Film Direction/Screen Writing)

Sampath Bank PLC

Litro Gas Lanka

Dialog Axiata

Ceylon Biscuit Limited

Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Limited


Commercial Credit

Unilever Sri Lanka

University of Kelaniya

University of Jayawardenapura

Sri Lanka Television Training Institute

Sri Lanka National Youth Council



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