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.
IBFF 2015 TO LAUNCH IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
IBFF 2015 opens April 10–16 at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, a copresentation of Buddhist Film Foundation and California Film Institute. Over a dozen new films (all premieres) from 8 countries will be screened: nonfiction works featuring Peter Matthiessen, Jetsun Khandro, Alan Watts, Joan Halifax, Kaz Tanahashi, W.S. Merwin, Gelek Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, Bill Porter and others, along with dramas from Bhutan, China, Korea, and the Netherlands. Several filmmakers and special guests will be attending. The complete program and screening schedule will be available in late February; online ticket sales will commence in March.
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.
IBFF 2013 VANCOUVER
IBFF SHOWCASE 2013
IBFF 2012 BANGKOK
IBFF 2012 LONDON
IBFF 2012 HONG KONG
IBFF SHOWCASE 2010
IBFF 2009 LONDON
IBFF 2008 MEXICO
IBFF 2007 SINGAPORE
IBFF 2005 BAY AREA
IBFF 2003 LOS ANGELES
Archives of additional IBFF events are available by year.