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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.

The call for participation and application opens early May and closes by the end of July each year. 

Tailor made workshops provide the nominated Arab-German teams first international co-producing experience, support intensively the project development with international experts 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.

Only German-Arab teams can apply for the Film Prize. The applicants should come from one member country of the Arab League and from Germany and be in the beginning of their cinematographic carrier. The film should be produced in Germany as well as in the partner country, 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. For further information, please follow the link on the left side.

To find the right team partner, project markets are organized in Germany and the Arab World by the Robert Bosch Stiftung early spring each year. To participate here, filmmakers can apply individually. For further information, please follow the link on the left side.

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

Only applications submitted by mixed German-Arab teams, who want to realize a joint film project, will be accepted for the Film Prize.

Eligible are German and Arab filmmakers, who are in the beginning of their cinematographic carreer as well as students, who are soon finishing their studies, or graduated students from film and media academies. Arab filmmakers must be citizen of and reside in one of the member countries of the Arab League. 

Filmmakers should have completed at least one short film. The main team should feature a
 
  • director
  • producer
  • co-producer
  • screenwriter 

There should be a balanced mix of Arab and German team members. The team may have additional positions such as camera, cut, music, etc. 

The communication language is English. Applicants 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
What the submitted dossier should contain
 
  • 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 and motivation
  • 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 Award 

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers (members of the Arab League) to realize a joint film project.

The prizes, each worth 60,000 euros, are awarded in the categories short animation, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary. ​

The prize money goes ex aequo to the German and Arab producers in two installments. The award can cover the total financing of the film project.

Further financial means are not mandatory. 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 receives the non-commercial rights on the film.

 

Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787
Timeline Film Prize Year

Project Market Amman
/ April 20 to 25, 2018
Arab Animation Forum in Stuttgart / April 26 to 30, 2018

Nomination of up to ten teams by August 27, 2018
Notification by end of August, 2018

Project Lab in Cairo & Dahshur / October 17 to 24, 2018
Pitch Forum and Jury Pitch in Berlin / January 13 to 17, 2019
Award Ceremony during Berlinale Talents / February 08 to 11, 2019
 


After the Project Market Amman and the Arab Animation Forum the call for applications for the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung opens in May. Teams of Arab and German filmmakers, having either met at the Project Markets or found each other elsewhere, can prepare their project dossier for submission.

Late August, a selection committee will meet and discuss the submitted applications, and will nominated up to ten film projects, which will then compete for the upcoming Film Prize.

Representative members of each nominated team will be invited to two tailor made workshops: the Project Lab in Cairo and Dahshur/Egypt and the Pitch Forum in Berlin. Finally the teams present their project to an independent jury.

The three winner teams will be announced by the international jury at the award ceremony held during Berlinale Talents, who then receive the prizes each worth 60.000 €.

The winning films will be pre-screened as work in progress in the frame of the Film Prize actitivites during the next Berlinale Talents.

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

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Application form

Contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Coordinator
Mobil phone +49 176 60010787