Compassion Film Festival® 2021

August 13 – 20

February 27th

The Dalai Lama — Scientist

Special film screening, Live Q&A with Dawn Engle, and Buddhism and Science of Mind workshop


A rare look at the Dalai Lama’s discussions with leading scientists and his influence in several fields of science, revealing Buddhism’s role in a deeper understanding of the universe and the mind.

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Open For 2021 Film Submissions!

Visit our Filmfreeway site to submit your compassionate film

2020 People’s Choice Awards Announced!

This year’s films were delightful, inspiring, and educational! 2020 festival attendee Colleen writes: “The movies were so moving and inspiring – it was so difficult choosing one as a favorite in the shorts. This event is the best training/experience I participate in all year (and I do a lot of training and I am a trainer).” 

We honor all the efforts and wonderful works of the filmmakers accepted into the festival and are delighted to announce the short films that received the 2020 People’s Choice Award. One film was selected from each of the short film reels.

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Compassionate Healing

2020 People’s Choice Award:

A Trail To Seacacar

Director / Screenwriter / Producer: Paul Heesaker

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Compassionate Understanding

2020 People’s Choice Award:

No Tricks

Director / Producer / Screenwriter: Doug Werby

Producer: Cliff Traiman

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Compassionate Service

2020 People’s Choice Award:

Welcome Strangers

Director / Producer: Dia Sokol Savage

Producer: Garret Savage

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“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein