PhD student Indika Ferdinando wins Chicago International Children’s Film Festival award

Indika Ferdinando's début feature film “The Singing Pond” won the Special Jury award (Teacher's Choice) at the 31st Chicago International Children's Film Festival. The film, which centres on the students of a primary school in a remote village in Sri Lanka who learn to dream big,  was screened at the Arts Centre of the University of Chicago and well received by the audience.

Film still from 'The Singing Pond', image: http://www.hogaanapokuna.com/Ho_gaana_pokuna/HOME.html

Film still from ‘The Singing Pond', image: http://www.hogaanapokuna.com/Ho_gaana_pokuna/HOME.html

Indika Ferdinando is an award-winning writer and director for the stage and screen in Sri Lanka. In 2010, his theatre production, “Colombo Colombo”, was sleceted for the South Asian Women's Festival in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as the International Theatre Festival in Nepal. Ferdinando is currently a PhD student in the Theatre and Performance program at Monash and is researching Sri Lankan ritual traditions in relation to contemporary theatrical practice.

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