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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). 

A Look Back to the Project Market Amman 2017

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

During five days, a diverse program did 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 did 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 were young directors from the Arab world with 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. 


A Look Back to the Arab Animation Forum 2017

The Arab Animation Forum 2017 took place on May 4 to 7, 2017 during the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.

The forum connected 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 were 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 got 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 got to talk to the Arab directors on their projects in several personal meetings and so develop a comprehensive picture of the co-production possibilities. Additionally there will be several meetings, workshops, consultings and matching sessions on the agenda.

A nomination for the 2018 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation received Nicolas Fattouh from Lebanon with the project TESTIMONY OF MY GRANDMOTHER'S TRANSFORMATION INTO A CHAIR. For the nomination a German producer is required.

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Impressions Project Market Amman 2017

First exchange at the speed dating: everyone meets with everyone.
Experts Irit Neidhardt and Ayman El Amir (left side) mingle with the participants. 
George David uses the time to get to know the participants.
Enjoying breakfast together in the garden of the Royal Film Commission (RFC) on the first day.
Frank Albers introduces the Film Prize together with Christine Kopf and Karin Schyle.
Introduction round. 
Attentive audience: Karin Schyle, Frank Albers and Christine Kopf in the first row.
Filmmakers use the one-to-one meetings to get to know each other better, in the front Su-Jin Song, Dirk Simon and Fatma Riahi
Firas Khoury presents his project.
The introduction round hosted by Frank Albers: Yassine El Idrissi talks about his approach in his films.  
One-to-one meeting in the garden of the RFC – here Mohamed Sabbah with Zorana Musikic.
Rawane Nassif discusses her project with Willy Rollé and Julia Wagner.
Further one-to-one meetings: Zaid Abuhamdan with Jasper Mielke (front), and Dirk Simon with Houcem Sansa (back).
The participants continue their one-to-one meeting during lunch here at the Books@Café: Amer Jamhour with Julia Golembiowski (front)
Excursion and guided tour through Darat Al Funun, a platform for the arts and artists from the Arab world.
Experts exchange: Selina Ukwuoma with Ayman El Amir
It's lunch time at Darat Al Funun: Mohamed Sabbah, Ghassan Jaradat, Christine Kopf (from left to right)
Reflecting: Ahmad Mahmoud, Alaa Mosbah and Khaled Kahella
Cooking event at Beit Sitti, competition at the chopping board: Jassim Alsaady and Rui Diaz (front), Ahmad Mahmoud and Ines Meier (standing)
Deema Azar, producer from THE PARROT (winner 2015) with Christine Kopf and Karin Schyle at the cooking event.
Everybody can join the cooking.
Also the experts can benefit: Selina Ukwuoma gets introduced into the Arab cuisine.
Already a tradition: Breakfast in the RFC with Christine Kopf, George David, Ayman El Amir, Areeb Zuaiter, Karin Schyle, Frank Albers and Selina Ukwuoma (from left to right).
Group photo on the last day together.

Impressions Arab Animation Forum 2017

Kickoff of the Arab Animation Forum: Welcome by Ulrich Wegenast, director of the Animation Film Festival.
Project Presentation in front of the group, here with Rand Beiruty.
Antoine Antabi presents his animation.
Fadi Syriani pitches his project to the group. 

Yousria Ghorab talks about her project to the producers Karoline Weser and Georg Neubert. 

Consultings by animation experts. 
One-to-one meetings with experts, here in the front Ron Diamond.

Alison Warner consults Mai Elgizoly in the one-to-one meeting. 

Karin Schyle, together with the jury members Michael Cusack, Maya Gräfin Rothkirch and Ahmad Saleh, announces this year's winner.
And the luck winner is Nicolas Fattouh, who receives the nomination for the 2018 Film Prize.
Group photo shortly before the award ceremony.