The main goal of this event is to position Sri Lankan cinema on a global map and to Introduce globally recognized art-house movies which do not come as commercial releases to local cinema audiences and expose local films and filmmakers to the world.

An educational exhibition themed ‘The Sri Lankan Film Industry - Then and Now’ will be held from the 7th to the 11th of November at the National Film Corporation premises. The exhibition will provide a look in to the evolution of Sinhala Cinema from its infant years to the digital era. Internationally acclaimed documentary films and a British documentary film on Sri Lanka are scheduled to be screened at the event.

This year’s festival will have two competitive streams for feature films, under the categories of ‘Asian’ and ‘Sri Lankan’ films. 10 critically acclaimed films produced in the Asian region in 2014/2015 will be short listed to compete at the final round of the Asian film competition.

The 9th of November will be ‘Short Film Day’ at the IFFCOLOMBO 2015. That day will be set aside to encourage short film makers with special emphasis placed on the medium of short film. Arrangements will be made to screen their work from 9 AM to 10 PM at Sri Lanka Media Training Institute (SLMTI). 4 outstanding short films will be selected to receive the ‘Regal award’ and the winning films will get the opportunity to have their films screened at Regal Cinema for a period of 3 months.

In 2015, 'Dheepan', by Jacques Audiard, Golden Palm 2015 of Cannes will open the festival. A variety of French movies co-produced with international partners will also be screened and a special French Film Corner dedicated to the recent French cinematographic creation will present four movies.