IBFF 2012 sold out in Hong Kong

The Buddhist Channel, March 18, 2012

Hong Kong, China -- The opening night at the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) 2012 was sold out at the new Asia Society Hong Kong Center. This is the inaugural event at the Asia Society's Miller Theater.

Director Edward Burger flew in from his home in Hanoi to present the Asia premiere of his "Amongst White Clouds", a feature documentary about Chinese hermit monks, filmed on location in China.

A dozen more programs are scheduled over the next week, all either Asia or Hong Kong premieres, several of which are already sold out.

This year marks the 10th the tenth anniversary season of the International Buddhist Film Festival, and new film festivals are set for Hong Kong, London, and Bangkok in 2012.

“We’ve screened several hundred films from submissions, archival research and invitations. These include dramas, comedies, documentaries and animated works from over a dozen countries,” said Gaetano Kazuo Maida, IBFF Executive Director.

“In each city we will be presenting compelling new selections of the best Buddhist cinema together with some wonderful guests—it’s world cinema with a Buddhist touch.”

IBFF 2012 HONG KONG is one of several inaugural year events at the brand-new Asia Society Hong Kong Center, including a major art exhibition, "Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art", February 10-May 20, 2012, curated by Dr. Melissa Chiu with co-curators Dr. Adriana Proser and Dr. Miwako Tezuka.

Encore screenings of all the films will be presented through May 12, with a special Vesak Day weekend presentation of David Grubin’s The Buddha, April 28/29 and May 3.

For a list of movies premiering at IBFF Hong Kong, please visit: