Palms Springs’ ShortFest Wins Cinema Without Borders’ Seal of Excellence


Burbank, California, April 15, 2016: Today, Cinema Without Boarders announces the winner of our “Seal of Excellence.” The award is to recognize organizations that have taken extraordinary steps in creating an exceptional work of art or event in relation to independent and international cinema.

The Winner of the 2016 Cinema Without Boarders “Seal of Excellence” is…

Entering its 22nd year, ShortFest (Palm Springs International Short Film Festival & Film Market) has long secured its place on the world stage as the portal for the very best in world cinema. To date, ShortFest has screened more than 100 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations. An indication that helps ensure ShortFest will always be a destination for the highest quality films and an audience of avid filmgoers, industry professionals, and talent from around the world; and in this past year receiving over 3,200 submissions to the festival.

ShortFest is the largest festival of its kind in America.  In 2015, the festival showcased over 330 short films, awarding more than $115,000 in prizes, and had another record-breaking year in attendance for ticket buyers, filmmakers and film industry delegates.

“I stand by my comments in 2008 when we first recognized Palm Springs ShortFest as the best short film festival in the world. Since 2008, I have witnessed the growth of ShortFest’s popularity among filmmakers around the world” said Bijan Tehrani, Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders. He added, “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 ShortFest Film Market also opens new horizons for filmmakers, who are given opportunities to create more movies. Hundreds of young filmmakers get together every year at this event to celebrate cinema. It is a great pleasure to announce Palm Springs’ ShortFest as the winner of the Cinema Without Borders ‘Seal of Excellence for the second time.’”

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? 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 the Film Market headquarters & screening center. With a library of more than 3000 films from 82 countries available at the 2016 market, lots of film buyers, industry professionals and press attend every ShortFest Film Market.

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