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BEYOND BORDERS: DIVERSITY IN CANNES ANNOUNCES 2016 SHORT FILM SHOWCASE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
LOS ANGELES - (April 26, 2016) â€“ Yolonda Brinkley, creator of Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is pleased to announce the official selections for the 2016 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, an independent filmmaker initiative promoting the presence of globally diverse filmmakers telling stories specific to age, gender, physical ability, race, religion and sexual orientation, annually at the Cannes Film Festival.
Presented by American Publicist and Event Producer, Yolonda Brinkley, with support from RLJ Entertainmentâ€™s Urban Movie Channel, Zodiac Entertainment Ltd., Cinema du Cannes Project, Film TV Diversity, Purple Reels and Leonard Green's Digital Slang Comics, in two parallel sections, the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase will present 15 films in competition, selected by an international screening committee of diverse film industry executives including Whitney Davis of CBS Entertainment Diversity.
The general showcase will celebrate the work of talented filmmakers who give life to globally diverse characters and stories, with messages that transcend boundaries.
- Antoine by Cyrus Neshvad (Luxembourg)
- Arthur by Alberto Meroni (Switzerland)
- Bound for Greatness by James Gadd (USA)
- Genghis Khan Conquers The Moon by Kerry Yang (USA)
- Olde E by Xavier Neal-Burgin (USA)
- Silence by Elena Brodach (Russia)
- Wrestling Za'atari by Daniel B. Levitt (Jordan)
The Women in Formation edition, will give special distinction to female filmmakers who depict honest images of the feminine voice in film.
- Ablution (Wuzu) by Parisa Barani (Iran)
- ANNA by Harriett Maire (New Zealand)
- B Love by Shahari Moore (USA)
- Debris-Escombros by Mary-Lyn Chambers (USA)
- HevÃªrk (the Circle/le Cercle) by Ruken Tekes (Turkey)
- Murmur by Aurora Fearnley (UK)
- Next by Elena Broadach (Russia)
- Pale Blue by Abigail McFarlane (USA)
The Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase International Screening Committee, had the awesome task of determining the official selections from a record number of submissions from 29 countries including Aruba, Belgium, Cameroon, Cuba, Lebanon and New Zealand. Films will be screened at a private event during the 69th Festival de Cannes and final winners will be selected by jury and announced during an awards ceremony immediately following the showcase.
â€œI am overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support for Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes from the global film community; especially the filmmakers who submit projects to the showcase and the screening committee who determines the official selections,â€ comments Yolonda Brinkley. â€œIt is their commitment to the movement that encourages me to continue my efforts at the Cannes Film Festival, where diversity is not the first priority.â€
The 2016 installment is Monday, May 16 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, 2 boulevard Jean Hilbert Cannes, France 06414. Additional details about the Diversity In Cannes Diversity Day 2016 are forthcoming. In the interim, for more information or to support the movement, email at email@example.com, visit www.diversityincannes.com or follow on social media @diversencannes (Twitter, IG, Periscope).
Yolonda Brinkley, Creator
Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes