Sanjeewa Pushpakumara (born May 5, 1977) is a Sri Lankan film director, writer, and producer. He born& grew up in the
Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sri
Jayewardenepura in 2005. In 2008, he obtained his master’s degree in Mass Communications from
the University of Kelaniya. From 2005 to 2006, Pushpakumara pursued a diploma in filmmaking from
Sri Lanka’s National Film Corporation, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Pushpakumara began his career as a presenter for an FM radio channel. Displeased with this job, he
left it soon after to become a freelance newspaper journalist writing about film, drama, and other
cultural events for the newspaper Ravaya, considered to be a pioneer in alternative journalism in Sri
Lanka. Meanwhile, he became a television presenter, scriptwriter, and producer for the Sri Lanka
Rupavahini Corporation and Sirasa TV
In 2007, Pushpakumara received a scholarship from the Korean Culture and Tourism Ministry under
its Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI), to study film-making in the Asian Young Film Forum and also
to learn Korean language at Chonbuk National University (Korea). In 2009, he again underwent training
in the Asian Film Academy as part of the Busan International Film Festival. Pushpakumara is currently
completing an advanced degree in film-making at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, under the Korean government
Pushpakumara’s first feature film, Flying Fish (Igillena Maluwo), received a grant from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International
Film Festival Rotterdam (Huub Bals) to support its post-production costs. The film was subsequently honored with a nomination
for the festival’s Tiger Award for new directors. Based on the director’s own life experiences, the film reflects the deep social and
psychological trauma of the country’s twenty-six-year-long civil war.
Pushpakumara has through time been praised by many it was said by Tony Rayns at the 5th Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival
that “Sri Lankan Cinema has found its true modernist” and he has also said that “Flying Fish (Igillena Maluwo) is indecently
beautiful” in one of his much read reviews.
In 2011 Sanjeewa invited to Paris by Cannes Film Festival to it’s 25th Résidence programme of Cinéfondation develop his 2nd
feature film Burning Birds( Working title) .