A short film directed by Prageeth Maniyangama, a veteran in the field of marketing and advertising, has won 13 awards in six countries.
The short film won the Grand Jury Award at the '2021 Sydney International Independent Film Festival' with its “powerful and dramatic pictures as well as how the story unfolded,” making it a touching piece that is both realistic and modern.
Based on the social crisis in the country, "The Gambling City" was regarded by the judges as "a contagious masterpiece with both realistic concerns and modernity" with "stable and extremely powerful images and rhythm control."
'The Gambling City', Prageeth's first foray into the short film industry, won the following awards.
GRAND JURY AWARD (SydFest Independent Film Festival 2021 – Sydney)
BEST DEBUT FILMMAKER
(Wonderland International Film Festival 2021- Australia)
BEST DIRECTOR (Brandenburg International
Film Festival 2021- German)
SHORT FILM – WINNER (Brandenburg International Film Festival 2021-German)
BEST DIRECTOR (World Film Carnival 2021- Singapore)
DEBUT FILMMAKER (outstanding
achievement award)/ World Film Carnival 2021- Singapore
SHORT FILM (outstanding achievement
award)/ World Film Carnival 2021- Singapore
SHORT FILM (outstanding achievement award)/ Twilight
Tokyo Film Festival 2021- Japan
BEST DIRECTOR (Perak Cave International Cine Carnival 2021-Malaysia)
SHORT FILM (outstanding achievement award)/ Perak Cave International Cine Carnival 2021-Malaysia
DEBUT FILMMAKER (Short to the point 2021- Romania)
BEST DRAMA (Short to the point 2021- Romania)
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Australian International Filmworkz Festival 2021- Australia).