About CWB

Cinema Without Borders (www.cinemawithoutborders.com) is an international cinema webzine dedicated to covering and discovering the news, reviews, trends and new artistic milestones in independent film and filmmaking worldwide. 

Founded in 2007 by filmmaker and writer Bijan Tehrani, CWB seeks to discover and amplify new voices and visionaries in international film as well as revisiting the established “greats.”  As such, we draw our inspiration from both these worlds and help to create a unique media bridge between them.

We are committed to crossing the borders of language, culture and politics in global filmmaking to expand the reader’s understanding and appreciation of the cinema arts, business and technology.

With an eclectic mix of news reports, Q&A interviews, opinion, analysis and short videos, our editors and writers cover the work of renowned filmmakers and auteurs as well as the films and personalities behind some of cinema’s most promising new talents and technologies.

Giuseppe Tornatore, Julian Schnabel, Bertrand Tavernier, Charles Burnett, Steve McQueen, Marian Satrapi, Alexander Sokurov and Cynthia Wade are just a few of the 300 Oscar-winning and festival awarded filmmakers interviewed in our pages.  They are also some of our most avid readers.

Among the filmmakers serving on CWB’s Board of Advistors are Tornatore, Roland Emmerich, Terry George, Philippe Falardeau and Mary Murphy.

Read regularly in over 80 countries, CWB is referenced by major film festivals, markets and organizations worldwide who intersect with our editors in planning their outreach to film communities and audiences throughout the year.

CWB’s prestigious Bridging the Borders Film Award is part of our continuing commitment to promote and honor international filmmakers whose work has achieved exceptional social, ethical and cultural relevance.  The Award has been given at the Palm Spring International Film Festival and ShortFest, as well the Southeast European Film Festival and the Scandinavian Film Festival, Los Angeles.
Throughout the year, CWB organizes and hosts symposia at a variety of festivals and cultural organizations for film professionals, students and the public. Past events have been hosted at the Palm Springs festival, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles. 

Along with covering the various disciplines within the cinematic arts, CWB also reaches out to artists of all disciplines and nationalities – musicians, choreographers, painters, poets – whose careers and passions lead them to discover new artistic and commercial paths through film. Their participation has helped us create a global forum which is truly “without borders.”

We also welcome on-site contributions from filmmakers, writers and journalists who share our vision.


Editor-in-Chief Bijan Tehrani
Bijan founded Cinema Without Borders in 2007 as an independent, daily online publication dedicated to international cinema. To date, CWB has published over 4,000 original articles including filmmaker interviews, film reviews, news and feature stories. Twenty-two writers, reporters and film critics from around the world write for CWB, which over the years has gained a significant global following from film professionals and film festivals worldwide.

As a filmmaker, Bijan has directed more than 60 documentaries in Finland and his native Iran. He produced his first documentary on traditional Tamasha Theater in India for UNESCO and the Poona Film Institute, and his series on Persian culture in India and Turkey sold to several networks in Europe and Asia.  Bijan has also worked as a producer and director on a variety of animated shorts and series.

Bijan has also worked extensively with children, guiding them to work collectively to animate and edit their own stories. Jaleh Kids, a short film animated by children reflecting their memories of the bloody days of the Iranian revolution, won awards at the Herceg-Novi International Film Festival and the Bratislava International Children Television and Film Festival in 1979.  In 1981 his Children’s Olympic, also animated by children, won an award at the Leipzig International Film Festival.

Beginning in the early sixties, Bijan delved into film criticism, influenced especially by the French New Wave.  In Los Angeles, he has taught college courses in Film History and Storytelling and has worked as a writer and editor for Animation magazine.

Over the last three decades Bijan has served on the jury of several international film festivals, among them the International Tampre Film Festival, Tehran International Children’s Film Festival, Bratislava International Film festival and, most recently, the Palm Springs International ShortFest and the Southeast European film festivals.

Bijan has won several awards at international festivals and book fairs for his short films and children’s books. His latest children’s book, The Yellow Leaf, won the Best Book of the Year Award in Iran.  Its English translation sold out in the U.S.

International Editor James Ulmer
James joined Cinema Without Borders in 2007and continues to cover international film festivals for the webzine.  His 25-year journalistic career has included writing feature arts and culture pieces for The New York Times, penning two national columns for Premiere magazine, and writing and directing for the BBC in London. James served for eight years as international editor and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, where he supervised a fleet of 35 foreign correspondents and reported from over 50 festivals and markets worldwide. He has also served as executive producer and senior analyst. for the erstwhile Hollywood-based Internet company Creative Planet, he served as

James is also the author of the trade paperback James Ulmer's Hollywood Hot List -- The Complete Guide to Star Ranking from St. Martin's Press., and is the founder and head of the Hollywood database company The Ulmer Scale (www.ulmerscale.com), which measures and tracks the bankability of movie actors worldwide and publishes the annual The Actors Hot List. He has been interviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Talk, The New York Times Magazine and The Los Angeles Times, and was nominated for the Press Award by the Publicists Guild of America.

Over the years James’ on-air commentaries have been featured on "Entertainment Tonight," and on the BBC, CBS, CNN, HBO, and E! television networks.  For The Reelz Channel, he was the on-camera host of The Ulmer Report, and was a regular guest on E!’s “The Gossip Show.”

James also recently produced and directed the short documentary Remembering Paradiso, as part of a proposed series The Film Villages of Italy, and has served on the international competition juries of the Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Madrid, Medias (Romania) and Southeast European film festivals. A graduate of Harvard College and an Iowa native, James’ hobbies include playing the accordion and ragtime piano, Italian cooking, and studying Shakespeare and the Shakespeare authorship question. He attributes his love of international travel and business to living in Naples, Italy, as a boy, where he spent weekends haunting his favorite piazzas, and regularly negotiated his cab fare home from school.

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