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Film festival returns to Sri Lanka

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29 October 2009

Travellers paying a visit to Sri Lanka later this year may be able to enjoy a showcase of local productions.

The historic coastal town of Galle will be hosting its second film festival, with Sri Lankan and south Asian cinema the main focus.

It is designed to promote tourism as well as film opportunities and will feature one picture that was in competition at the Venice Film Festival this year.

Ahasin Wetei, from Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundera, will open the five-day event - put together by Sri Lanka Tourism and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka - on 2 December.

Earlier this month, figures revealed that the island in the Indian Ocean is increasingly popular among Britons, with arrivals from the UK up 16 per cent in August, compared to the same month in 2008.

"To have improved visitor figures during the recession shows that the British public are aware of the diversity that Sri Lanka offers," said the Sri Lanka Tourist Promotion Bureau's Sanjika Perera.
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