BuddhaFest Online Film Festival

  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "What Does It Mean to be Awake in the World?" Paid Member

    Many films in our Short Films Showcase went for the tried and true technique of answering the competition's challenge question: they asked other people. "What does it mean to be awake in the world," an aptly-named short by filmmakers Fred Yi and Lauren Talley, stands out from the bunch precisely because they interviewed those among us who don't particularly stand out. You know, the Everyman! (Or in the lexicon of just-past politics, Joe the Plumber.) Except for Geshe Nicholas Vreeland, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and the abbot of Rato monastery in India, all of the people that Yi and Talley interview are just...normal people. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Today's Featured Shorts 6/4 Paid Member

    If you haven't already, go ahead and vote on all the films on our Short Films Showcase—we have until Friday to decide which filmmaker rolls home with $1,000. We know that 25 films, even at 5 minutes a pop, is a lot, so we're featuring a few on the blog each day to help you make some key choices. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Today's Featured Shorts 5/30 Paid Member

    The Short Films Showcase voting continues. Because we know you don't have time to watch all 25 videos at once (even though they're only 5 minutes each) we're featuring couple on the blog each day to help you get through them. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Today's Featured Films Paid Member

    If you haven't already heard about our Short Films Showcase, we have twenty-five original films all competing for your votes here, trying to answer the question "What does it mean to be Awake in the World?" Voting goes until June 8, when the entry that receives the highest combination of votes and average rating will win $1,000 in cash and two 4-Day All Festival Passes to BuddhaFest. More »
  • Tricycle Talk: Victress Hitchcock, Director of Blessings Paid Member

    This year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival opens and closes with films by director Victress Hitchcock. The festival opener, Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet, is about a group of Western women who go to visit a group of nuns in Eastern Tibet who study under Tsoknyi Rinpoche. It's about the interactions between these two groups of women, the connections they make, and how they find ways to bridge the geographical and cultural gaps between them. It takes a hard look at the male dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet. It shows how these nuns—over 3,000 of them—are flourishing in over 35 nunneries. In short, it's an awesome and serious film. And, if you need another reason to watch, it's narrated by Richard Gere.  More »
  • BuddhaFest Encore: Hugh Byrne Paid Member

    As we gear up for this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival we're revisiting some of the teachings that made last year's event so special. The following video is of Hugh Byrne at BuddhaFest in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2011. For more information on the upcoming online festival (starts May 29) check out the schedule of films and dharma talks here. Hugh Byrne is a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and somatic meditation teacher based in Washington DC, offering classes, consulting and retreats which give insight into pain management, and healing from trauma. More »