PANTHEON wins HP Bridging The Borders Award


PANTHEON (France), directed by Ange-Régis Hounkpatin, as the winner of HP’s 2017 Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders at the Palm Springs International ShortFest.

This year’s festival was held at Palm Springs’ Camelot Theatre. The Editor-in-Chief of CWB, Bijan Tehrani, and filmmaker, jury member Susan Morgan Cooper presented the award for this year’s HP Bridging the Borders winner. The winner  received  a HP ZBook 15 Mobile Workstation. An approximate $2500 value awarded from our generous sponsors.

The 12 nominees for the 2016 HP’s Bridging The Borders Award were: Eyes of Exodus (USA/Greece), Facing Mecca (Switzerland), Facing the Wall (Israel), Love the Sinner (USA), NORTH (Spain), PANTHEON (France), Pria (Indonesia/USA), Spice Sisters (Australia), Towards the Sun (U.K./USA), THE TRANSFER (Germany/Israel), The Wait (USA/Mexico) and The World In Your Window (New Zealand).

“HP Bridging The Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders goes to a film that is most successful in bridging and connecting the people of our world closer together. For 2017 we had twelve brilliant films from eleven countries.

The winner of the 2017 HP Bridging The Borders Award is a film that has masterfully used the language of cinema to tell the story of a young immigrant, removed from this own culture, and a friend who helps him bridge the past and discover his ancestral soul. The winner is the French film, Pantheon directed by Ange-Régis Hounkpatin”
” said Bijan Tehrani, Editor In Chief of Cinema Without Borders.

“HP congratulates Ange-Régis Hounkpatin, winner of the 2017 Bridging Borders Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, said Josh Peterson, Head of Product Management, HP Z Workstations and Immersive Computing. “As a 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.”

Son of a Beninese immigrant, cut off from his roots, Solomon is about to donate his deceased father’s Voodoo costume to a museum when a young street-dancer reminds him of the ancestral soul.
Country:    France 2017
Director:                    Ange-Régis Hounkpatin
Producers:                 Myrina Mané
Principal Cast:           William Edimo, Hugo Marie, Bass Dhem
Cinematographers:    Noé Bach
Editor:                      Marie-Estelle Dieterle
Music:                      Alexandre Verbiese
Screenwriter:             Ange-Régis Hounkpatin


About Author

Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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