War wins CWB's Best International Short Film Award at Palm Springs ShortFest


Palm Springs – June 28, 2010: Today at Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, Cinema Without Borders jury members voted War (Uerra) from Italy, directed by Paolo Sassanelli, as the winner of the Cinema Without Borders Best International Film Award.

The award ceremony for the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest was held at Camelot Theatres where Bijan Tehrani, Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders, presented the Cinema Without Borders Best International Film Award.

“To decide the winner of the Cinema Without Borders Best International Film Award was a truly difficult task. All five of the films nominated by festival’s programmers for this award were remarkable and very well done.” Tehrani said.

The films selected for consideration were Foreigner (Colombia), Preservation (UK), The Gold Mine (Mexico), The Terms (UK), and War (Italy).
“After many hours of debate and discussion, we decided to give the award to a brilliant short film that reminded us of the humanistic, deep, and touching humor of the Italian comedies of the fifties and sixties. This beautiful film is War, by Paolo Sassanelli”

Italy, 2009, 16 Minute Running Time
US Premiere at 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest Film festival and market
Topics: Comedy, Family, War
Language: Italian
Set in Italy in 1949, this delightful comedy revolves around a father and his three sons, who take dad’s war stories a little too much to heart.
Sponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
DIRECTOR: Paolo Sassanelli
Producer: Tommaso Arrighi
Screenwriter: Paolo Sassanelli, Antonella Gaeta
Cinematographer: Federico Annicchiarico
Principal Cast: Dino Abbrescia, Totu Onnis, Andrea Montani, Angela Iurilli, Pietro Pollonio, Donato Anelli, Rita Milillo, Roberto Petruzzelli, Michel Paul Kremmerlein

The 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, held June 22-28, 2010 screened 314 films, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Now in its 16th year, the films selected for screening and competition featured star-studded casts and award-winning films from 43 countries around the world. Selections are structured into themed programs covering a wide array of issues for specific and general audiences to enjoy. For more information visit www.psfilmfest.org.


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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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