Sri Lanka, October, 24th, 2017 (SIGNIS Sri Lanka). The 40th SIGNIS Salutation 2017 Awards Ceremony was held on 13th October 2017 at the Nelum Pokuna   Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. 

His Excellency Pierre Nguyen Van Tot, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See and the President of Sri Lankan Bishops’ Conference, His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Dr. Winston Fernnado attended the ceremony. Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe, Chairman of the National Catholic Commission for Social Communications in Sri Lanka and seven other Bishops graced the event too.

Renowned and veteran Film Director, Mr. Lester James Peiris who is the most aged living Film Director in the world (99 years old) was honoured in the Ceremony, along with the celebration of  70 years  of the Sri Lankan Cinema. 

Sri Lankan cinema has reached the prestigious and venerable Age of 70, with long record of highly significant achievements that have earned noteworthy kudos both at national and international level. The remarkable outcome of this development is that Sri Lanka’s National cinematic tradition can have a prominent place in the global community of national cinematic traditions.

At SIGNIS, we are justly proud that we have enriched and promoted Sri Lanka’s national cinematic tradition over a good part of its long and eventful history.

During 40 memorable years, SIGNIS has made a substantial and highly impactful contribution to Sri Lankan cinematic tradition. We pursued our unerring aim of elevating the stature of indigenous cinema through an extensive range of initiatives.

Among other activities, SIGNIS organizes conferences, dialogues with films promoters and promotes of responsible film literature and incentives for the creation. SIGNIS has always recognized and honoured those who have made a lasting contribution towards the proper and distinct evolution of Sri Lankan cinema and television.