"[The Joyous Farmer] is a great success, thanks in no little measure to Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke’s fantastic performance.
The cinematography and soundtrack blend perfectly with the film’s metaphor-riddled messages,
and together ensure that ‘The Joyous Farmer’ is a remarkable achievement."
- Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, 2017
Ratnapala is an impoverished and alcoholic farmer living in Sri Lanka's dry zone.
Having sold all his possessions to drown his sorrows, he lacks industry and motivation.
His environment is desolate and his future is bleak.
During a chance encounter with a government official, he is prescribed an experimental drug to enhance his work ethic.
Ratnapala Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke
Government Official Thushara Hettihamu
**Winner - Best Short Film - Jaffna International Cinema Festival, Sri Lanka, 2016**
**Winner - Best Short Film - Agenda14 Short Film Festival, Sri Lanka, 2016**
**Winner - Best Narrative Short - Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards, USA 2017**
**Winner - Best Actor - Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards, USA 2017**
**Nominated - Best Screenplay - Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards, USA 2017**
**Official Selection - Woods Hole Film Festival, USA, 2017**
**Official Selection - Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, USA, 2017**
**Official Selection - Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Canada, 2017**
**Official Selection - Tirana International Film Festival, Albania, 2017**
**Official Selection - Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival, USA, 2017**
**Official Selection - Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, USA, 2017**
**Official Selection - Hong Kong Art House Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2017**
**Official Selection - Bucharest ShortCuts CineFest, Romania, 2017**
**Exhibited - Goethe Film Forum, Sri Lanka, 2017**
**Exhibited - Cinnamon Colomboscope, Sri Lanka, 2017**
**Exhibited - SiGNS Film Festival, India, 2017**
Sound Recordist Gustavo Obrecht
Transport Nihal Mathugama
Written and Directed by Hiran Balasuriya
Based on a Short Story by Anuk Arudpragasam
Produced by Simon Ryninks
Director of Photography Dino Dimopoulos
1st Assistant Director/Camera Towa Noel Shimizu
Art Director Thilini Perera
Production Coordinator Prashanthan Nithyanandarajah
Development Executive Joe Brace
Associate Producer Kian O’Grady
Editor Hiran Balasuriya
Music and Sound Design Sami El-Enany
VFX by Andy Goodman and Martin Lye
Sound Editor Charlie Denholm
Colourist Richard Vaux
Titles and Credits by Asvajit Boyle
Translation by Janaka Balasuriya
Concept Art by Kavan Balasuriya
Matthew Maria Davies