Buddhist Film Festival Europe 2016

30 September - 2 October 2016

With great joy the festival opens with the newest film written and directed by Khyentse Norbu, Hema Hema: Sing me a Song While I Wait filmed in Bhutan, his country of birth. Known as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche he is himself a revered reincarnate lama of the younger generation Tibetan Buddhist teachers. After working as an advisor for Bertolucci on his film Little Buddha he decided to study filmmaking in New York. This is his 4th fiction film. His first one, The Cup, won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes filmfestival.

Ticket sale starts on friday 9 September at 12.00.

A reason to celebrate and come together, to meet new friends, cinema-lovers and wisdom-seekers, to connect and inter-act. With films that touch, we are here again because you are here. BFFE aims to seduce you with films that explore the training of heartfulness, to open our heart and to train our mind in altruism in order to develop tools to create a more compassionate society.

This year BFFE’s theme is Inter-Being. A notion established by Zenmaster Thich Nhat Hahn. His engaged Buddhism will be elaborated upon in the films The 5 Powers and specifically also address the education of youth in Planting Seeds of Mindfulness which will be further contemplated on in the open dialogue on Sunday afternoon, MindfulCitizen.

The beauty of Tibetan culture is expressed in several films and we underline a new trend of films within the chinese arena addressing this, such as the film Tharlo made by a filmmaker of Tibetan descent, within the Chinese line of production.

The art of Tibet is shared in several films but we cannot close our eyes to the pain and suffering still endured by its people, caused by the restrictions of the regime due to human rights violations of freedom of expression or religion.

Causes and conditions of acceptance of The Other we wanted to address by choosing such films as Angry Buddha (Hungary) and My Buddha is Punk (Myanmar).

And the necessary examination of mindfulness as a practice of true inner values versus its use as yet another commodity of the consumer society is addressed by the film The Mindful Revolution.

In collaboration with EYE we pay hommage to Buddhist film classics with A Touch of Zen, an ode to Taiwanese director King Hu, in a very recent 4K restoration of the directors cut, a must see for those of you who cherish pure cinema art.

We hope to welcome you and be able to share with you yet another event of the art of cinema and wisdom culture, as a collective sharing of values and inspiration. May BFFE 2016 contribute to the wellbeing of all sentient beings.

Babeth M. VanLoo
director/producer BFFE