It’s A Wrap! IBFF 2017 Completes Runs in LA and the Bay Area

Packed houses at the Writers Guild Theater in LA and the Smith Rafael Film Center in the Bay Area welcomed IBFF 2017's offering of films from seven nations.

Highlights included a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen featuring the concert documentary Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, plus two new shorts from the team producing the documentary Roshi, about Leonard Cohen's Zen   more>

    NOW SHOWING

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    A new film about Vietnamese Zen teacher and prolific author Thich Nhat Hanh opens in US theaters on August 11. Walk With Me, produced and directed by Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis, had its US premiere at SXSW, and features the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch.  more>

    OTHER FESTS

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    The 12th annual Buddhist Film Festival in Europe (BFFE) takes place at the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, Holland, September 29–October 1, 2017. Submissions are now closed and the full program will be announced in September.  more>

    NEPAL RECOVERY

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    As news filters in about unmet needs and overlooked communities in Nepal, the organizations chosen as beneficiaries of the Benefit Nepal Film Festival (June 15, 2015) continue their vital work on the ground there.  more>