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 2018

From April 20 to 25, 2018 the seventh Project Market Amman took place in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission in Amman, Jordan. Twenty ermerging talents from the Arab world were invited to meet with twelve German producers.

During five days, a diverse program offered the 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 intensified 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 are young directors being resident in one member country of the Arab League 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. 

Arab Animation Forum 2018

The Arab Animation Forum 2017 took place from April 26 to 29, 2018 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. Out of all pitches one project will be awarded with the nomination for the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. (For the nomination a German producer is required. Winning a German producer for the project is still possible after the Arab Animation Forum.)

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. Additionally there will be several meetings, workshops, consultings and matching sessions on the agenda.

This year, the Syrian director Ibraheem Ramadan won the nomination with his animation project DOUBLE VISION.

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Impressions Project Market Amman 2018

Daily morning exercise.
First encounter at the speed dating in the garden of the Royal Film Commission. 
Reunion: Last year's Nominees Julia Wagner and Mohamed Sabbah happily meet again.
Lively exchange.
Directors' introduction round, here talks Dania Bdeir about her work.
Producers' introduction round here with Bastian Klügel.
Welcome Reception of the Royal Film Commission.
Frank Albers and George David toast on their partner- and friendship.
The directors present their projects to the participants, here introduces Sarra Alshehhi her film idea. 
Thereafter, further details are discussed at the one-on-one meetings. 
Experts consult the directors, here Selina Ukwuoma with Mira Shaib.
George David welcomes the audience at the Film Prize Screening.
Q&A with the Film Prize winners: Feyrouz Serhal, Darin Sallam, Amjad Al Rasheed, Frank Albers (host), Fadi Baki, Deema Azar (from left to right).
Dinner invitation to Mamdouh Bisharat`s Residence – art collector and Duke of Mukhyber (on the left)
A conversation on production in Jordan and the region with George David.
Cooking event at Beit Sitti, joint creative work.
Irit Neidhardt, project consultant, Karin Schyle and Christine Kopf wait relaxed for the cooking results. 
A quick selfi: Simon Feichtl with Riccardo Jurkovic and Su-Jin Song.
The proud master baker Asmae El Moudir.
The RFC and Film Prize teams: Karin Schyle, Deema Azar, Rabih El Khoury, Christine Kopf, Dina Bataineh.
Relaxed at the farewell cooking event. 
The Film Prize team Karin Schyle, Rabih El Khoury, Christine Kopf, Frank Albers.

Impressions Arab Animation Forum 2018

Ibraheem Ramadan, winner of the Arab Animation Forum.
From left to right: Ulrich Wegenast, Managing Director Programme (left), the Jury of the Arab Animation Forum, Dieter Krauß, Managing Director Organisation & Finances
Group photo shortly before the award ceremony.