Press Releases 2012
Press Release

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

  • Robert Bosch Stiftung presents 2012 Co-Production Prizes at goEast
  • New call for entries for 2013 Co-Production Prizes

Stuttgart/Wiesbaden, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - This year’s Co-Production Prize from the Robert Bosch Stiftung goes to three promising film projects in the categories short feature film, animated film, and documentary film. The Robert Bosch Stiftung presented the awards, which have a total value of up to 210,000 euros, at goEast - the festival held in Wiesbaden for films from Central and Eastern Europe. The jury of experts initially selected 15 teams from a pool of 47 total applicants. The finalists then went through training programs in Germany and Eastern Europe before the final presentation of their projects. In Wiesbaden, the jury then selected three award winners from this group.

The winner in the category Short Feature Film is a Kosovar-German co-production entitled "I’ll Go to War, But First Make Me Coffee," produced by Catharina Schreckenberg and Arben Zharku and directed by Ariel Shaban. According to the jury, the team impressed them with a film project illustrating the everyday life and feelings of a Kosovar family during wartime in a moving film full of life.

The Bulgarian-German project "Mango Manga" - produced by Samuel Weikopf, directed by Milen Vitanov, and screenplay by Vera Trajanova - won in the category Animated Film. According to the jury, the project tackled the challenge of expressing the discrimination of a minority using animation technology. In doing so, the team also used the potential of the medium of film to raise the audience’s awareness of social issues.

In the Documentary Film category, the Armenian-German film project "The Chosen Ones" - directed by Arman Yeritsan and Yulia Grigoryants and produced by Fabian Gasmia - won over the jury. They praised the inspiring story, which proves that people can be confident and optimistic regardless of their age or living environment.

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 sponsored with up to 70,000 euros in funding. 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.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung will begin accepting submissions in May for the 2013 Co-Production Prize. Applications must be received by October 31, 2012.

With its Co-Production Prize, the Robert Bosch Stiftung wants to contribute to an open and unbiased form of collaboration between up-and-coming German and Eastern European filmmakers. That is why it 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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