At a time when physical, religious, racial, cultural, and economic borders divide the population of our planet, efforts to bridge those borders should be appreciated. In that spirit, Cinema Without Borders presents Bridging the Borders Award to the films that are most successful in bridging and connecting the people of our world closer together.
Bridging The Borders Award is offered at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShoerFest Film Festival, Southeast European Film Festival, LA and Polish Film Festival, LA.
Bridging The Borders Award has been sponsored by HP for the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShoerFest Film Festival.
Cinema Without Borders is planning a yearly awards event to award the films, directors, producers, writers, composers, directors of photography and actors of international cinema. We will announce more details on this matter very soon.
Films nominated or considered for an OSCAR or other major awards after winning Bridging The Borders Award:
Ave Maria from Palestine; Directed by Basil Khalil. winner of Bridging The Borders Award at 2015 Palm Springs ShortFest later in 2016 was nominated for the Live Action Short Film Oscar.
Walesa. Man of Hope, directed by legendary Andrzej Wajda, won Bridging The Borders Award in 2014 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and later was announced as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Waltz with Bashir, directed by Ari Folman, won Bridging The Borders Award in 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival and then later was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and won Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary and many other awards
Terraferma an Italian drama directed by Emanuele Crialese won Bridging the Borders Award at 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival and was premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Terraferma was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, and won several awards at major international film festivals.
The Band’s Visit won Bridging the Borders Award in 2008. This film was Israel’s original Foreign Language Film submission for the 80th Academy Awards, but was rejected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because it contained over 50% English dialogue. It has won Un Certain Regard – Jury Coup de Coeur – Cannes Film Festival and Feature Film Award – Montreal Film Festival.
French from France, directed by Josza Anjembe won 2016 l Bridging the Borders Award 2016 in Palm Springs ShortFest and now by winning other awards in 2017, will be considered for an Oscar in Live Action Short section.