FESTIVAL OF CATALONIA
This is the first film festival to be held in our country aimed at bringing to all audiences, Buddhist values such as non-violence, interdependence between all beings and respect for the environment. A carefully selected programme will offer films and documentaries of recent creation with different approaches on current issues, such as the climate emergency, education and gender equality.
The first Buddhist Film Festival of Catalonia is organised by the Coordinadora Catalana d’Entitats Budistes (CCEB), with the support of the Fundació Dharma-Gaia (FDG) and the Barcelona City Council, and with the collaboration of the Buddhist Film Foundation (BFF), organiser of the International Buddhist Film Festival which has been held in major cities around the world since 2003.
The screenings will be complemented by in-person or online presentations by the directors, as well as interviews and panel discussions. In addition to the screenings, there will be side activities in different locations organized by the members of the CCEB, such as meditation sessions, workshops for children, cinema forums, talks and open days at the centres.
The Festival, committed to the core values of Buddhism, seeks to be environmentally active in terms of its ecological footprint.
Therefore, the use of paper will be minimized and, as much as possible, only recyclable materials will be used. Likewise, the selection of the films and documentaries that make up the programme has been based on criteria that respect gender equality.
COORDINADORA CATALANA D’ENTITATS BUDISTES
The Coordinadora Catalana d’Entitats Budistes is a non-profit association that encompasses communities of all Buddhist traditions in Catalonia. It was created in 2007 to coordinate and create synergies between Buddhist centres in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, with the aim of introducing and representing Buddhism in the society in which it has been taking root for over forty years. The CCEB has around thirty members from different traditions: Zen, Tibetan, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, among others.
The CCEB’s aim to spread the human and peace values of Buddhism at national and international level, is in line with the objective of the Buddhist Film Festival of Catalonia: to promote and spread, through the powerful language of cinema, the knowledge of the fundamental Buddhist principles, such as non-violence, interdependence between all living beings, the practice of mindfulness, respect for the environment, and so on.
This Festival is made possible thanks to the support of the Fundació Dharma-Gaia, a private, non-profit cultural foundation dedicated to the diffusion of Buddhism and highly committed to the environment that promotes various academic activities with Catalan universities, as well as conferences, exhibitions, production of videos and documentaries about Buddhism, also provides content for the magazine Buddhistdoor (in Spanish and English), and develops projects in Spain and Latin America.
BUDDHIST FILM FOUNDATION
For the programme of this first edition of the Festival, the CCEB has also the privilege of counting with the support and advice of Gaetano Kazuo Maida, the executive director of the Buddhist Film Foundation, organiser of the International Buddhist Film Festival, based in Oakland, California, USA, which since 2003 has been present in different corners of the world, such as Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Singapore, Thailand, among others. In the future, the organisers of BFF intend to bring the international festival to Barcelona.
MEMBERS OF THE CCEB
Without the enthusiasm and active participation of the members of the CCEB, this Festival would not be possible either. Buddhist centres from different locations and different traditions are organising side activities that will be programmed with the aim of bringing Buddhism closer to all audiences in a non-sectarian way. We will be announcing these side activities here as well.