About

Buddhist Film Foundation (BFF) is the world’s leading resource for Buddhist-themed and Buddhist-inspired cinema. The independent BFF presents, archives, preserves and promotes films of all kinds: features, documentaries, animation, experimental work, children’s films and television programs. BFF serves audiences, educators and filmmakers in partnership with presenting institutions around the world.

The BFF mission is to utilize the powerful medium of motion pictures to foster knowledge and appreciation of core Buddhist principles: the practice of compassion, and respect for impermanence and the interdependent web of connectivity of our world.

The BFF mission has four components:
exhibition of film and video works—to use cinema to foster communication about Buddhist ideas to the widest possible cross section of society;
education—to provide a comprehensive, accessible resource for teachers, filmmakers, funders and diverse audiences;
production—to promote and facilitate quality independent filmmaking in this arena; preservation—to serve as an accessible repository of films.

BFF is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization based in Berkeley, California, USA. Founded by Buddhist scholars, authors, activists and filmmakers (see Board of Directors), BFF has assembled a diverse Advisory Council currently including Philip Glass, Maxine Hong Kingston, Peter Coyote, Lisa Lu, Richard Gere, Huston Smith, Robert Thurman, Alice Walker, Pico Iyer and others. more>

PROGRAMS

The International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) offers cinema as a vehicle for wider appreciation and better understanding of Buddhism by general audiences, particularly for the remarkable ethnic and cultural diversity evident in the Buddhist arena worldwide today. Works exhibited are chosen through a combination of program committee invitations as well as through an international open Call For Entries solicitation. Films include English language or subtitled works from all over the world, and embrace a very broad and fluid definition of “buddhist.” more>

The Buddhist Film Archive (BFA) is being developed at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) with the Center for Buddhist Studies. UCB is the home of Pacific Film Archive (PFA), a world-renown film collection and educational resource. more>

SERVICES

BFF offers programming and facilitation services to presenting institutions including museums, universities, film societies and film festivals. more>

BFF serves as fiscal sponsor to qualified film projects seeking tax-deductible production funding contributions in the USA. more>

Festival Media is the distribution service of BFF. Selected works from IBFF presentations are marketed as DVDs through educational and consumer retailers in North America. Proceeds benefit the not-for-profit BFF, the filmmakers, and often, through them, the subjects of their films or other designated charities. more>


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