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Application for the Film Prize

Purpose of the Film Prize for international cooperation

The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung is a competition and yearlong training program for young emerging talents from Germany and the Arab world. Tailor made workshops provide first international co-producing experience, support the project development and foster the idea of intercultural exchange. 

Furthermore, opening the door to various film markets and festivals, the filmmakers benefit from valuable platforms with the film industry, hence establish or extend their network.

The production of the Film Prize Winners takes place in both partner countries allowing the team members to reflect their own working styles, methods and structures. They make new contacts with other film artists, which broadens their horizons and offers new perspectives on problems and their solutions.

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787
Eligibility

Applications can be made by co-production teams consisting of young German and Arab (members of the Arab League) filmmakers, who want to realize a joint film project. Only German-Arab team applications are accepted.

Eligibly for the contest are young filmmakers, who are in the beginning of their carreer as well as students or graduated students from film and media academies from Germany and the Arab World.

The submission must be done by the German producer.

The team must feature a
  • director
  • producer
  • co-producer
  • camera operator (not for animated films)
  • screenwriter


The team may have additional positions such as cut, music, etc.

Joint production teams must have at least four members. There should be a balanced mix of Arab and German team members. At least two members must originate from the partner country.

The working language in the scope of the competition is English. Contestants must be able to communicate in English.

The application has to be submitted in English!

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787
Submission Requirements
  • A completed application form of the online application portal 
  • A table of contents
  • A  factsheet with title, logline, length, format, language, team in brief, total amount and amount applied for
  • Producer's statement and motivation
  • Logline and synopsis
  • A detailed project outline (treatment and/or script, visual approach, scetches from the storyboard/moodboard for animation) 
  • Director's statement and motivation 
  • Co-Producer's statement andmotivation
  • Teamroster and an account of how the team met
  • Biographies and filmographies (main team)
  • A comprehensive budget plan, detailing project costs and financing 
  • A completed, recent film by the team’s director (as reference and preferable in the category of the submitted project), an online link should be included in the application form, if available


All materials for the submission have to be in English language!

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787
The Grant

The winning teams may use the Robert Bosch Stiftung grant of up to 60,000 euros per film for the following items:
 
  • allowances for meals and accommodation at the film locations during the grant period
  • travel expenses
  • production costs (cut, copies, rental of technical equipment etc.) Filming material and the purchase of technical film equipment such as cameras, post-production tools etc. are not allowed. Hard disks are accepted.
  • purchased skills such as DOP, actors, technicians, musicians, etc.. but not the fees for producer, director (these should either be listed as deferrals or be covered by third funds)


The grant is provided for the team and can cover the total financing of the film project. Further financial means are not mandatory except the means of the deferrals. However, an additional fund of the Arab partner country would support the idea of co-producing.

It should be noted, that the Robert Bosch Stiftung wants to keep the majority in funding in order to preserve the non-commercial rights on the film.

Winning contestants will be issued a grant by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The German producer acts as the grantee and is thus accountable to the Robert Bosch Stiftung regarding the proper use of the funds.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung offers the following additional optional services:

  • Production counseling
  • Mediation of contacts with film and media artists
  • Film promotion

 

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787
Financial statements and supporting documents

After the grant period has ended, the production teams must produce the following:
  • the completed film
  • a complete financial statement of all expenses incurred by the team (in accordance with Robert Bosch Stiftung requirements)


Patent rights for the films remain with the producer. The Robert Bosch Stiftung has the right to use the supported films for non-profit purposes in the scope of their non-commercial activities.

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787
Competition Process

The call for entries opens yearly in May and ends the following July.

The competition process has several steps.

Step 1
Selection and viewing will only be conducted by means of formal criteria.

Step 2
A selected jury nominates the 10 best teams and projects. The Nomination is not mean receiving the grant.

Representatives from each nominated team will be invited to several training units in autumn/winter:
 
  • Project Development in Bremerhaven/Northern Germany in September
  • Producers Meeting in Dhashur/Egypt in October
  • Pitch Forum in January


Step 3
Following the Pitching training and rehearsal the teams present their project idea to the international Jury who will then select three projects to receive the grant.

Step 4
All nominated teams will be invited to Berlinale in February and receive accreditation to the festival. The three winners will be announced at the award ceremony  held during Berlinale Talents.

Step 5
The production can start shortly after. The German producers will receive a training on how to use the non-commercial fund.

Step 6
At the evaluation meeting the following autumn/winter, the teams can discuss the current status of their work together with the jury.

Step 7
The winning films will be pre-screened as work in progress at the award ceremony during Berlinale Talents.

Up to two members of each winning team will receive invitation for Berlinale Talents at the International Berlin Film Festival.

Legal action is prohibited.

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787