CWB selects "Palm Springs International ShortFest" as the winner of the Seal of Excellence


Burbank, CA – July 23, 2008 – Dragon Tale Entertainment, L.L.C., publisher of Cinema Without Borders (CWB), today announced Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market (Palm Springs ShortFest), one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, as the winner of CWB’s “Seal Of Excellence.” The Festival is scheduled August 21-27, 2008.

“ShortFest is one of the most amazing film events on our planet, where you witness the future of cinema and the birth of new, great filmmakers. The Palm Springs International ShortFest film market also opens new horizons for filmmakers, who are given opportunities to create more movies,” said Bijan Tehrani, Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders. He added, “Hundreds of young filmmakers get together every year at this event to celebrate cinema. It is a great pleasure to announce Palm Springs International ShortFest as the winner of the Cinema Without Borders ‘Seal of Excellence.’”

Festival Director Darryl Macdonald expressed his delight at the event being singled out for this prestigious honor stating, “Our goal as a Festival has always been to break down barriers – between audiences and the filmmakers who make their films to share with them, between international cinemas and the American film going audience, and between aspiring young filmmakers and the professional resources available to them. It’s an honor to be singled out in this way by a publication that shares so many of those same goals.”

About the Winner
Now in its 14th year, the Palm Springs International ShortFest has become known world-wide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. This celebrated event is the largest festival of its kind in America, showcasing over 350 short films each year from more than 40 countries, with a library of more than 2200 films available to film buyers, industry and press in its concurrent Short Film Market.

Festival events include seminars, master classes and scheduled ‘one-on-one’ meetings with industry experts and filmmaking professionals, free to all filmmakers who participate in the Festival. Best of all, all films submitted to the Festival are eligible for free inclusion in the Short Film Market and made available to all attending industry and press for viewing at our Film Market headquarters & screening center. Sanctioned by the Academy®, 58 of the short films nominated for Academy Awards® have been screened at the Festival prior to receiving their nominations over the past thirteen years, including six of this year’s nominees.

About CWB’s Seal of Excellence
The CWB Seal of Excellence is awarded to films, individuals and organizations that have taken extraordinary steps in creating an exceptional work of art or event in relation to independent and international cinema.

About Cinema Without Borders
Cinema Without Borders ( covers the world of international film and digital media from a global perspective. CWB features news, interviews, film reviews, original columns and opinion on the major films, film festivals and film events worldwide. Cinema Without Borders was founded in 2007 and is a publication of California-based Dragon Tale Entertainment.


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Luz Aguado

Luz Aguado was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in East Los Angeles. She is the oldest of four siblings. Prior to attending The Art Institute, Luz was a student at the University of California Riverside where she studied biology and aspired to become a medical doctor. Now she studies Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Los Angeles and hopes of one day having the opportunity to work for Disney Animation Studios. Three dimensional animation and the innovative techniques that have given animation a more realistic appearance is something that she wishes to focus on while at The Art Institute.

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