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Dharma In Action

Dharma In Action Limited (DIA) began as a gathering of enthusiastic Buddhists promoting Buddhism as a way of life in 2008. By 2009, DIA was officially incorporated in Singapore as a Company Limited by Guarantee to further our mission of presenting cultural and educational programmes rooted in Buddhist values. It is a dynamic platform where Buddhists can share resources and work together for the betterment of the Buddhist community and, ultimately, the society.

Our past activities include the Buddhist film festivals, youth conferences, Dharma talks and music workshops. We also work and collaborate with others on initiatives such as youth camps and Buddhist publications. DIA activities are organised purely by volunteers from all walks of life and various age groups. All contributions generated from our activities go toward events, which foster fellowship among the Buddhist community and raise awareness on the relevance of Buddhist Teachings to daily life.

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THIS Buddhist Film Festival (THIS) is organised by Dharma in Action, a signature biennial event that aims to promote awareness of the Buddha’s timeless Teachings and the diversity of Buddhism through specially curated films that reflect the cultural, social and religious aspects of this world religion. Playing on the oft-cited verse “Thus have I heard” recited by Venerable Ananda at the start of many Buddhist sutras, THIS Buddhist Film Festival hopes to achieve a similar effect amongst the audience as they discuss Buddhist Teachings, philosophy, way of life and reflect within themselves.

Call For Entries

We are delighted to announce that the 4th edition of Thus Have I Seen Buddhist Film Festival (THIS BFF) will be held in in Singapore, September 2016 and the open call for entries will run from now till 31 January 2016. Organised by Dharma In Action Ltd, THIS BFF is a biennial event that aims to promote awareness of the Buddha’s timeless Teachings and the diversity of Buddhist cultures around the world through the use of film, a contemporary medium. 

THIS BFF seeks inspiring features, shorts, documentaries and animated films that, through good storytelling and production values:

  • Contemplate on the Buddhist philosophy and way of life;
  • Introduce the immense cultural, social, political and spiritual diversity of a 2,500 year-old world religion

Please send your entries to

THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2016
Robinson Road Post Office, 
PO Box 1492 Singapore 902942


Tel: +65 9765 4322

CLOSING DATE: 31 January 2016


Revisit our past festival offerings here:


As a non-profit organization, we invite you to be part of our vision of bringing quality films to Singapore audiences. To find out how you can contribute do write to: 

Press Releases

Buddha 2 was featured in i-weekly.

THIS2014 was featured in Zaobao, with special mention of BUDDHA 2 the first animated film to make our list and the beautifully shot SUN BEATEN PATH.

MY MANDALA was featured in Straits Times! Yes, the director Elsa Yang was a film critic before she made the film, inspired about the appearance of Tibetan lamas in Taiwan.

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