Suba Sivakumaran

Director, Writer


Hannah Boulton

Suba Sivakumaran is a self-taught director who was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Her first short film I TOO HAVE A NAME (Sri Lanka, 11 min) was in competition for the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale and was selected in competition at over 25 film festivals worldwide.

Her second short film L’OISEAU BLEU (Tunisia, 15 min), as a co-director, was shown out-of-competition at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2018 as part of the anthology TUNISIA FACTORY, and selected for Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival among many others.

HOUSE OF MY FATHERS (Sri Lanka, 95 min) is her first feature film and received support from the 2015 Locarno Open Doors Hub Programme (featured in Variety here) and acquired by an international sales agent ahead of its release (sale featured in Variety here), and has premiered at over 15 international film festivals in 3 months since its launch.

Suba also works in the area of international humanitarian aid and poverty reduction and is currently developing her second feature film, a thriller set in London about refugees on the eve of Brexit, as well as original projects with producers Camilla Wren and Nisha Parti. She is based in London.

Suba has a B.Sc. Honours in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics (2002) and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University (2008) where she was awarded a full scholarship as a Reynolds Fellow.


Writer & Director, produced by  Palmyrah Talkies
BFI London Film Festival. Busan International Film Festival, International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Hawaii International Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Geneva Human Rights International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, IFFK, International Film Festival Kerala, Hamburg International Film Festival among many others.

L’OISEAU BLEU (short) 2018
Co-directed with Rafik OMRANI, part of anthlogy TUNISIA FACTORY
Director’s Fortnight, Cannes premiere, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival among many others

I TOO HAVE A NAME (short) 2012
Berlinale premiere, Cork International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival among many others

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