A noted Sri Lankan filmmaker Mr. Prasanna Vithanage, has won awards locally and internationally. His Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You) had a World premiere in the "World Greats" section at the 39th Montreal International Film Festival .The film won 5 international awards, including "Best Picture" in France and Italy and earned a nomination for best picture at the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. Aagaya Pookkal (Akasa Kusum) was the only movie premiere of a Sinhala film director to have been held in Jaffna during the past 30 years. Usawiya Nihandai (Silence in the Courts) is his first Documentary feature based on actual events that took place in rural Sri Lanka a decade ago and premiered in Sakhalin International Film Festival in Russia in fall 2015. Mr. Vithanage has also founded ‘Prasanna Vithanage Academy of Acting’ in Sri Lanka, for aspiring acting students.