Press Releases 2010
Press release

Robert Bosch Stiftung Presents Co-Production Prizes 2010

Stuttgart/Wiesbaden, April 27, 2010 - The prizes for international film co-productions by budding new filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe go to three promising film projects in the categories short film, animated film, and documentary. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is presenting the prizes, which have a total value of up to 210,000 euros, tonight at goEast - the festival in Wiesbaden for films from Central and Eastern Europe. The jury of experts initially selected fifteen nominees from a pool of 78 applicants, and subsequently selected the three award winners.

The winner in the short film category is the Moldavian and German co-production “Panihida” from director Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu and producer Jonas Weydemann. The team won over the jury with its outstanding presentation of the story of a cumbersome and visibly absurd funeral procession through a Moldavian village. In “Panihida,” the director, who worked with amateur actors on the film, deals with the promising interplay between mourning and happiness.

In the animated film category, the award goes to the Bulgarian, Croatian, and German project, “Father,” by directors Asparuh Petrov (Bulgaria), Dim Yagodin (Russia), Moritz Mayerhofer (Germany), Rosita Raleva (Bulgaria), and Veljko Popovic (Croatia), as well as the producers Maria Stanisheva (Bulgaria), Vanja Andrijevic (Croatia), and Christian Müller (Germany). In their five-part episodic film, the five young directors from four countries illustrate their view of the relationship between father and child in a dramatic yet humorous way.

The Kazakh-German film project “Seatomorrow” by director Katerina Suvorova and the producers Stephan Grobe and Anna Hoffmann wins the award in the documentary category. “Seatomorrow” offers something extraordinary - both visually and in terms of content: it deals with people fighting in an imaginative and unerring way for the return of water to the destroyed (and yet visually stunning) countryside around the Aral Sea. This project takes the Co-Production Prize to a region that has not received much prior cinematic attention.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Co-Production Prize offers budding German filmmakers active in the areas of production, direction, photography, and screenwriting the opportunity to work on a joint film project with up-and-coming filmmakers from Eastern Europe. Each year, three projects are supported with up to 70,000 euros each. The award’s media partner is the television network ARTE, and the network will broadcast at least one of the award-winning films on its TV channel.

Supporting budding filmmakers is one of the main areas of focus of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. By offering the co-production prize, the foundation wishes to contribute to a natural, unbiased form of collaboration between budding filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe. The foundation also supports the goEast Young Professionals Program and a project marketplace for young filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe at the goEast festival.

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