The Robert Bosch Stiftung presented German-Arab teams of young filmmakers with the Co-Production Prize for international collaboration for the fifth time. With prize money of up to €60,000 each, the three teams can now pursue their film projects.
The award ceremony was held at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1) as part of Berlinale Talents, the most important event for up-and-coming filmmakers, during the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.
Category Short Fiction Film: The Trap
The German-Egyptian film The Trap tells the story of young Aya at a run-down Egyptian spa resort, who has to stand up to her increasingly dominant boyfriend. "A story about pain, doubt, and the impossibility of finding a reasonable solution," explains the jury. The film was directed by Nada Riyadh from Egypt and produced by Eva Schellenbeck from Germany and Ayman El Amir from Egypt.
Category Animation: Night
This film portrays a mother who has suffered from insomnia for years and who meets a storyteller who is able to heal insomniacs with his words. The wonderfully drawn animation won over the jury. The captivating, sad, but also liberating story about the burden of hope was also a hit, as was the dedicated, impressive team, which would like to leave behind more than just one film. Ahmad Saleh from Jordan was responsible for directing this project. The producers were Jessica Neubauer from Germany and Saleh Saleh from Jordan.
Category Documentary: Behind Closed Doors
Developed by Moroccan and German filmmakers, this project about the cultivation of cannabis is staged in a small, remote village in a rural region. The film’s gripping theme is the day-to-day struggle for stability in a small community whose livelihood is based on the risky, illegal cultivation of cannabis. The film was directed by Yakout Elhababi from Morocco and produced by Karoline Henkel from Germany and Hind Saih of Morocco and France.
Impressions from the Award Ceremony
The Film Prize
The Robert Bosch Stiftung has been presenting the Co-Production Prize for international collaboration between Germany and the Arab world as part of the Berlinale Talents event since 2013. With a total of €180,000 awarded, the prize enables budding filmmakers to work together to implement film ideas in the genres of documentary, short film, and animation. This year’s competition included coproductions from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.