About Big Buddha Films

Big Buddha Films is UK based independent film company that focuses on making films with a strong female voice, that tackle human dilemmas, and show the vulnerabilities of human existence.

We look at how individuals respond to challenges and difficulties, and just to each other. Our films have screened at film festivals all over the world, and received many nominations and awards.


Debbie Howard


Big Buddha Films was set up by Debbie Howard in 2006. Debbie's aim is to make powerful and provocative films with a strong female presence.

Debbie was an actor for over 25 years and her passion has always been film. As she grew older she realised that women’s roles became even more scarce and insubstantial.  It was this that drove her to start writing her own scripts, with strong roles for women, but issues that interest everyone.

She has made many shorts to date, both fiction and documentary and is now completing her first feature documentary, Still loved.


Debbie is also an Associate Lecturer at Hallam University in Sheffield where she teaches Acting for Screen.

She has a passion (or slight obsession) for lindy hopping and spends many hours a week on the dance floor.

See Debbie talk about her work here on the Spirit of Independence TV show for Sheffield Live:


Polly Perkins


Since graduating with a 1st degree in Film Theory and Production, Polly has worked on a variety of TV and Film projects, such as Channel Four’s TFI Friday and Reg Travis’s reknowned short, Self Help. She has developed an expertise in project management and practical creativity.


Her recent focus on publicity and PR, whilst working in Development & Marketing for Studio of the North, means she offers us a complete package of both focused industry knowledge of Exhibition and Distribution and broader skills and contacts. She also lectures on Film Production on Undergraduate and MA courses.

Polly is also a singer in a fantastic funky band called Man Bites Fridge and can be seen strutting her stuff on stage regularly.

New films in the pipeline

Still Loved

Feature documentary about stillbirth and baby loss. See the website for more info.


Film Festivals and Screenings

Big Buddha's films have featured at the following film festivals:

Children's Film Festival Seattle
REDCAT International Film Festival Los Angeles
Encounters, Bristol
Claremont Ferrand
Cannes Film Festival
Heart of England Film Festival
Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto
London Independent Film Festival
New York City Downtown Film Festival
Kino Film Festival, Manchester
Kent Film Festival, Canada
Aesthetica Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Cornwall Film Festival
Rincon Film Festival, Puerto Rico
Swansea Bay Film Festival
Buffalo Niagra Film Festival, Cananda
LA Women's International Film Festival
Wood Green Short Film Festival, London
Bootleg Film Festival
End of the Pier Film Festival
Hull Film Festival
CAN Leicester
International Film Festival England
Deep Fried Film Festival, Scotland
Remote Control, London
Shortwave, London
East End Film Festival, London
Girls on Film, Manchester
Rotoreliefs, London
Appledore Film Festival
Tabor Film Festival, Croatia
Portobello Film Festival, London
Angel Film Festival, London
The Green Room Ultra Indie, Edinburgh
Canary Wharf Film Festival, London
Crystal Palace
Venus Rising
Final Cut
FD4W Film Festival

World of Women
Portland Oregan Women's Film Festival
Cinefringe, Edinburgh
Blue Plum, Tennessee
Glimmer Film Festival
Kerry Film Festival
Chapel Allerton Film Festival
Worldkids Film Festiival, India
Bang Film Festival
American OnLine Film Awards, New York


Also screened on:

Propeller TV
BBC Film Network
BBC Big Screen, various cities across the UK
Encounters Solar Powered outdoor screenings in parks, Bristol
As a part of art installations at galleries