French wins 2016 HP Bridging The Borders Award at Palm Springs ShortFest


Palm Springs – June 26, 2016— Today, the Palm Springs International ShortFest named French (France), directed by Josza Anjembe, as the winner of HP’s 2016 Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders.

This year’s festival was held at Palm Springs’ Camelot Theatre. The Editor-in-Chief of CWB, Bijan Tehrani, presented the award for this year’s HP Bridging the Borders winner. The winner  received  a HP ZBook 15 Mobile Workstation. An approximate $3000 value awarded from our generous sponsors.

The six nominees for the 2016 HP’s Bridging The Borders Award were French (France), Home (Kosovo), Irregulars (Italy), My Aleppo (US), Sueños verticales (Mexico) and We All Love the Seashore (Spain)

“At Cinema Without Borders, we are proud to be a part of the Palm Springs International ShortFest’s celebration of the future of world cinema by bestowing our Bridging the Borders Award to a film that helps bring the people of our world closer together.  French from France shows how a young girl manages to bridge two different cultures to find better opportunities in life.” said Bijan Tehrani, Editor In Chief of Cinema Without Borders.

“HP congratulates Josza Anjembe, winner of the 2016 Bridging Borders Award, at the Palm Springs International SHORTFEST” said Josh Peterson, Head of Product Management, HP Z Workstations and Immersive Computing.  “As the leading workstation provider for the media & entertainment industry, we understand the important role that technology plays in artists bringing their visions to life and HP is committed to help bridge the world’s cultural gaps through art, entertainment, and technology.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Josza Anjembe, Miss Severine Madinier, Executive Director of French Film and TV Office at French Consulate Los Angeles said: “The Audiovisual Services of the French Embassy are proud to accept the HP Bridging the Border Award on behalf of Josza Anjembe and of the entire movie crew who worked on the film ‘French’.

This short movie touches upon what it means to be French nowadays, and approaches the complex topic of identity with a lot of finesse, reminding us that promoting culture is essential to bringing countries and people together.

Technology and ITCs in particular also have a great role to play in regards to promoting cultural exchanges and intercultural dialogues, thus helping bridging gaps between people and countries.

We wish to thank HP for sponsoring this award and for the support and visibility they give to such cultural events. We are also grateful to the organizers of the Palm Springs Short Film Festival 2016, as well as Cinema Without Borders for presenting this award, and are committed to deepen our partnership with them in the future.”

French  (Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux)
Teenage Seyna faces unexpected obstacles on her mission to become a French citizen, from the disapproval of her Cameroonian father to the limitations of the camera lens.
Country:    France Year:    2016
Running Time:    21 minutes
Director:    Josza Anjembe
Music:    Jan Visocky


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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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