Celebration of Youth Community Film makers

The Peace Incubator Award Ceremony Organized by International Youth Alliance for Peace successfully
concluded on 08 th March 2021 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall, adhering to
strict health guidelines.
Peace Incubators was an initiative of International Youth Alliance for Peace supported by USAID-
SCORE to empower youth with knowledge and skills that spearhead youth-led initiatives geared
towards creating communal harmony among their communities. Peace Incubator is an inclusive space to
share and empower young people with knowledge and tools for social cohesion. The program entailed
to train youth facilitators on ground based advocacy efforts using modern video broadcasting platforms
and technologies. Establishing a network of youth in Jaffna and Kandy districts to deliver impactful
initiatives on social cohesion and a structured competition to showcase their advocacy efforts to the
community and beyond.
The event started with the screening 12 short films created by the Peace incubator teams from Jaffna
and Kandy. The competition was judged by Mr. King Ratnam, a renowned Sri Lankan actor and the
director of Komaali Kings, A Sri Lankan Tamil film. Delivering his announcement, he emphasized the
need of Sri Lankan women to step up to the role of film directing and called for the youth present in the
occasion to take up the role.
Thirukumar Premakumar, Founder and Executive Director, International Youth Alliance for Peace
described the Sri Lankan youth as innovative, creative, and hardworking and believes that it is time for
young people to demand their space in the political, economic and social world.
Dr. Dayani Panagoda, Director Technical, Sri Lanka Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity Team in
her address emphasized on the importance of equal treatment for women and getting them involved in
activities. She also spoke about the need to increase the women participation in the workplace and the
role of women as peace makers.
The event who included a panel of 06 of the Peace Incubator team from both districts to share their
learning and experience and their next steps forward. And ended with awards for the first 3 best stories
which give a message for Social Cohesion and certificates of appreciation for all the participation of the
Peace Incubator Program.

Film competition finalists
Thirukumar Premakumar, King Ratnam & Dr Dayani Panangoda announcing the winners
Dr. Dayani Panangoda, Technical Director, Score
Panel discussion with the competition participants.
Key Note Speech by Janitha Rukmal, Co-founder, Enable Lanka
Group photo with all participants

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *