Press Releases 2011
Press Release

210,000 Euros for Joint Projects by Young German and Eastern European Filmmakers

:: Robert Bosch Stiftung presenting 2011 Co-Production Prizes at goEast
:: New call for entries issued for 2012 Co-Production Prizes

Stuttgart/Wiesbaden, April 12, 2011 - This year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s prizes for co-productions are going to three promising film projects in the categories short feature film, animated film, and documentary film. 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 teams from a pool of 74 applicants, and subsequently selected the three prize winners.

The winner in the short film category is the Romanian-German coproduction “Pepsi” by producer Alexander Wadouh and director Peter Kerek. The team won over the jury with a well-prepared and profound story of a Romanian boy who steals a bottle of Pepsi from the home of a Securitate officer. According to the jury, in making “Pepsi,” director Peter Kerek focused on the process of coming to terms with the past, something which is absolutely vital for the shaping of the future. (Prize total: 70,000 euros)

In the animated film category, the Russian-Kosovar-German project “Breaking News,” by producers Aleksandra Szymanska, Visar Krusha, and director Alexandra Lukina, took home the co-production prize. According to the jury, the young and promising team from very different countries found a common language and a common subject - by using the visual power of an animated film, they tried to uncover the mass media’s manipulative influence in a simple story about a bored journalist looking for the next big headline. (Prize total: 70,000 euros)

The award in the documentary film category is going to the Hungarian-German film project “Roma Rally,” by director Gábor Hörcher and producer Marieke Bittner. The director weaves a humorous adventure story about two Roma boys who yearn to make a childhood dream come true: they want to race in a local village rally with a 30-year-old, rusty BMW without tires. To the jury, “Roma Rally” is about people who want to win and have to win – and do so as fast as possible. (Prize total: 69,500 euros)

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. The prize’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.

As of today, the Robert Bosch Stiftung is also now accepting submissions for the 2012 Co-Production Prize. By doing so, the Foundation is increasing its commitment to German-Eastern European co-productions in the Black Sea and Caucasus regions. Entries must be received no later than October 31, 2011.

By offering the Co-Production Prize, the Robert Bosch Stiftung wants to make joint projects between up-and-coming German and Eastern European filmmakers a more natural and unbiased occasion. That’s why 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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