Thivanka Perera

Thivanka Perera

Screenwriter in San Francisco, California

About Thivanka

I'm Thivanka Perera, a screenwriter/filmmaker based in San Francisco and Sri Lanka (my home country). I've penned several feature scripts that have been placed favorably in many top screenwriting contests, and my short film "Silent Letter", which I wrote and co-produced was picked up for distribution by "Shorts International", and will be broadcast via Direct TV in the USA next year.

Name: Thivanka Perera

Lives in: San Francisco, California

Occupation: Screenwriter


  • Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship - Semi Finalist for "Bird of Prey"

  • Michael Collyer Memorial Screenwriting Fellowship [WGA] - Finalist for "Bird of Prey"

  • Script Pipeline - Quarter Finalist for "Sanctuary"

  • World Series of Screenwriting - Finalist for "Sanctuary"

  • New Blood Screenwriting Contest - Quarter Finalist for "Sanctuary"

  • American Zoetrope - Quarter Finalist for "Duke"

  • Just 4 Shorts - Winner Best Short Screenplay (November) for "Fate on Wheels"


  • Silent Letter

    Silent Letter (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Born to a poor, working-class family, Amila spends his days working for an upper class employer in a rural village in Sri Lanka, who happens to be a widowed old lady with great power in the village. After Amila makes multiple attempts to escape from the village to the city, his cruel employer divulges a dark secret that upends Amila's beliefs. Written by Thivanka Rukshan Perera

  • Brown Wood Owl: Juvenile's Journey

    Brown Wood Owl: Juvenile's Journey (2014)
    Film (Documentary, Family and Short) Writer An endearing story about two juvenile owls, discovered in a crevice of a tree. This short documents their trails and tribulations as they segue into adulthood. Will they both survive, or succumb to the rigors of nature?

  • For Devil's Sake: Owls of Sri Lanka

    For Devil's Sake: Owls of Sri Lanka (2014)
    Film (Documentary and Family) Writer 'For Devil's Sake: Owls of Sri Lanka' is about the myth of the notorious 'Devil Bird' of Sri Lankan folklore; the film explores the myth, superstitions and facts behind the bird, while also relating the negative affect of superstition on the avifauna of the country. It is also the first documentary to visually document the owls of Sri Lanka.

  • The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka

    The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka (2014)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Writer A short documentary about the notorious "Devil Bird" (Forest Eagle Owl) of Sri Lankan folklore.


  • Academy of Art (San Francisco)

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