Stillness, & The Moving Image

Doesn’t that sound a lot better than a ‘Secular Buddhist Film Festival’?

A couple of us in Wellington have been talking about putting on a festival of films that people who are interested in mindfulness, meditation and a secular approach to Buddhism and other religious practices might find nourishing.

Mark Sweeney has been actively engaged with meditation and Buddhism for eight years, and has been in film most of his working life. Over a number of conversations, he and I came up with a list of films we’d like to see, a venue, and the date. Now we have a name for the festival: Stillness, & The Moving Image.

The festival will take place at the Film Archive on the corner of Taranaki & Ghuznee Sts from Tuesday 14th through Saturday 18th October 2014, with one film being screened each evening, a lunchtime film on the Friday and a Saturday afternoon matinee.

As well as screening some interesting films, we’re going to run a competition for short films on the topic of ‘Stillness’. Anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes long, the winning entry will be shown before each film in the festival, and one or two others will be shown each evening as well.

Tag cloudFor all this to happen we need your support. We are looking for groups and businesses to partner the festival, and donations from individuals who want to see this festival take place, and these donations may be acknowledged or anonymous. With your support, we will

  • have an opening night launch function
  • create a very basic website for the festival
  • produce flyers and distribute them around the Wellington region

Whichever country you’re in, to make a credit card donation go to In New Zealand, you can make a donation by bank transfer to 02-1246-0675192-053.

If you would like to discuss becoming a partner of the festival or have any questions, send an email.

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