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Project Markets in the Arab World and Germany

In cooperation with regional partners Project Markets take place introducing the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung each spring. The Project Markets shall help the filmmakers from the Arab world and Germany to find the right teampartner for a joint application for the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The calls for the 2017 Project Market are open. 

Directors from the Arab world (member countries of the Arab League) apply with a project idea, German producers submit their profile. Then a selection committee selects the participants out of all applications.

The Project Markets offer intense workshops with film experts. Project presentations, introduction rounds, further one-to-one meetings as well as joint excursions and social events provide sufficient time to get to know each other, to exchange ideas and to deepen the contacts. 

Furthermore, the Project Markets are a useful networking platform for the German-Arab exchange but also amongst the directors and producers.

Filmmakers from the Arab World and Germany can also use the platform Online Project Market to network and look for team partners (please follow the link on the rigth side). 

Project Market Amman 2017

From April 23 to 28, 2017 the sixth Project Market Amman takes place in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission in Amman/Jordan. Twenty young and upcoming talents from Arab world are invited to meet with fifteen German producers.

During five days, a diverse program will offer filmmakers from the Arab World and Germany various occasions to get to know each other, to introduce each other’s work, to talk about the production conditions in ones country and discuss in detail the directors’ projects by exchanging knowledge and experiences. Joint networking events will intensify the newly acquainted contacts.

The meetings between directors and producers do not necessarily have to result in a partnership but will contribute to gain experience of an international co-production market and extend the network. In case a team is formed, the first step towards preparing for a joint application for the following round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperatioin is created.

Eligible to apply for the Project Market Amman young directors from the Arab world, having a film idea in development in the categories short animation, short fiction film, short or feature length documentary, as well as up-and-coming German producers, looking for good stories from this region. For applications please follow the link on the right side of the Online Project Market


Arab Animation Forum 2017

The Arab Animation Forum 2017 takes place on four days between May 2 to 7, 2017 during the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.

The forum connects young animation directors and artists from the Arab World with upcoming producers from Germany in order to support joint animated film projects. The aim of the Arab Animation Forum is to identify interesting projects and to connect potential co-production partners directed towards a possible application for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

Eligible to attend the Arab Animation Forum are animation filmmakers from the Arab World looking for a producer or coproducer as well as German producers interested in producing or coproducing an animated film project.

The selected filmmakers get the opportunity to present their animation film projects to a professional jury during a pitching session and receive an evaluation of their projects. The selected producers get to talk to the Arab directors on their projects in several personal meetings and so develop a comprehensive picture of the co-production possibilities. Thereby the Arab Animation Forum offers a unique chance to create new co-productions. Additionally there will be several meetings, workshops, consultings and matching sessions on the agenda.

The winning project of the Arab Animation Forum receives a nomination for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation. (For the nomination a German producer is required. Winning a German producer for the project is still possible after the Arab Animation Forum.)

For applications please follow the link on the right side of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

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Look back to the Project Market Amman 2016

Group photo in the amphitheatre of the Royal Film Commission
George David, director of the Royal Film Commission, and Frank Albers, Project Manager of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, welcome the participants
Introduction into the Film Prize by Frank Albers and Karin Schyle
Interested participants
Prominent Guest: HRH Princess Rym Ali (in the back right next to Frank Albers) visits the Project Market
George David talks on production in the Arab world
Attentive listeners to George David's talk
The directors Wareth Kwaish, Muzna Al Musafer, Muayad Alayan at the coffee break
Consultant Cathy de Haan talking with producer Ruì Diaz (left side: young producer Linda Dedkova)
Young producer Julia Niethammer networks during coffee break
One-to-one meetings: Learn how to pitch your project!
One-to-one meetings: Exchanging ideas and comments
One-to-one meetings: German producer Cosima Degler talks with Palestinian director Muayad Alayan 
One-to-one meetings: Sudanese director Mia Bittar explains her project to German producer Willy Rollé
Karin Schyle and Christine Kopf
FAQ with Film Prize winner Deema Azar (THE PARROT)
During the introduction round
Project consultants: Irit Neidhardt and Cathy de Haan
Joint Cooking Event on the last evening
Proud chefs!
Bravo to the cooks by Christine Kopf, Karin Schyle, and Amer Mubaslat!
George David and Frank Albers enjoying a typical Arab breakfast
Full house at the Open Air Screening with the Film Prize winners DRY HOT SUMMERS and POSSESSED BY DJINN
Murad Abu Eisheh (former Nominee), Frank Albers, Amjad Al Rasheed (Film Prize winner), Christine Kopf, Karin Schyle

Look back to the Arab Animation Forum 2016

The participants of the Arab Animation Forum
The lucky winner Ahmad Saleh with Ottilie Bälz of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the jury members Ron Diamond and Jalal Maghout
Matching Session: Going deeper in one-to-one meetings
Matching Session: Diving into details
Matching Session: Raise the interest of the other!
Matching Session: Learn how to pitch!
Panel on producing animation in the Arab world with Marianne Khoury (producer from Egypt), Jalal Maghout (Syrian filmmaker), Neyla Majdalani 
(Lebanese Academie of the Fine Arts – ALBA), hosted by Giannalberto Bendazzi (scholar from Italy)
One-to-one meetings with multipliers
One-to-one meetings with multipliers, here with Marianne Khoury