Sanjeewa Pushpakumara was born in 1977 in North-East Sri Lanka. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2005. In 2008, he obtained his Master's degree in Mass Communications from the University of Kelaniya. In 2014, he obtained an advanced degree (MFA) in filmmaking at the Chung-Ang University in South Korea as a Korean Government Scholarship Holder.
Sanjeewa's first feature, Flying Fish world premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam (2011) and was nominated for the Tiger Award. The film garnered many accolades and was invited to more than 30 international film festivals around the world.
In 2012, Sanjeewa was invited to Paris by Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation to develop his second feature, Burning Birds (Davena Vihagun). The film world premiered at Busan Film Festival and was nominated for New Currents award. Burning Birds received many accolades and was invited in more than 30 Festivals.
In 2014, Biennale College Cinema at Venice Film Festival invited Sanjeewa in Venice to develop Peacocks’ Lamenting. In 2018, Sanjeewa’s film project, Amma, was selected to Open Doors’ Co production Market at Locarno Film Festival where the project won the main awards (ex-aequo).