As a program of the Buddhist Film Foundation, Inc., the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) is the world’s leading presenter of Buddhist-themed and Buddhist-inspired cinema. IBFF presents and promotes films of all kinds: features, documentaries, animation, experimental work, children’s films and television programs. IBFF is a unique resource serving audiences, educators and filmmakers in partnership with presenting institutions around the world.
The International Buddhist Film Festival begins its first IBFF in Canada on July 26, co-presented by the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Here’s the full program and schedule.
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 among Buddhists worldwide today. Works to be 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.” Over twenty nations have been represented by films in IBFF events.
IBFF is presented in different cities around the world. Presenting partners have included Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), Barbican Centre (London), Samaya Foundation (Mexico City), European Buddhist Film Festival Amsterdam (Holland), UC Berkeley (California), Asia Buddhist Film Festival Pvt. Ltd. (Singapore), Asia Society Hong Kong, Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (Thailand). IBFF also co-presents programs with other film festivals (Seattle International, SF International, SF Asian American, Asian American (NY), Human Rights Watch (NY/SF/London), I See Films (Milan), Indian Film Festival of LA, SF Latino, Insight Festival (Delhi, India) and others, as well as with presenting institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), Rubin Museum (NY), Fowler Museum (LA), Rafael Film Center (San Rafael), Smithsonian Institution (DC) and others.
Archives of additional IBFF events are available by year.