Chandran Rutnam has had a distinguished career in the motion picture industry for the last 45 years beginning with "Bridge on the River Kwai" and had the distinction of working with the world's most prestigious filmmakers-David Lean, Carol Reed, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Boorman and Regis Wargnier.
Chandran has supervised the location production of over 35 international films which include 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", "Jungle Book II", "Tarzan the Ape Man", "Mother Teresa", "Beyond Rangoon'' and "Indochina", and has written, produced and directed three award winning features.
The features "A Love Story" and "Witness to a Killing" that he wrote and directed have represented Sri Lanka at the Tokyo International Film Festival, The Cairo Film Festival and the International Film Festival of India and have won several Asian Awards.
His production of "The Pilgrimage" won the Presidential Award for the Best Picture, for 1999/2000. His latest production 'Mansion by the Lake' directed by Lester James Peries was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 and was Sri Lanka's first ever official entry to the Academy Awards in California, USA.
Taprobane Pictures (Pvt.) Ltd., headed by Chandran Rutnam and Asoka Perera, co-produced the Presidential Award and Sarasaviya Award winning film 'Mille Soya' for the year 2004. Chandran is preparing the production of 'The Road From Elephant Pass' adapted from the 2003 Gratien Award winning Novel by Nihal de Silva.
He was qualified from the University of Southern California Film School and San Fernando Valley College of Law.