The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports film projects with 180,000 euros
Award ceremony held at the opening event of the Berlinale Talent Campus
Stuttgart/Berlin, February 9, 2013 - On Saturday, the Robert Bosch Stiftung awarded the Film Prize for International Cooperation to aspiring filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world. The award, valued at 180,000 euros, was presented during the opening ceremony of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Teams of German and Arab filmmakers could submit films in the categories Short Film, Animated Film, and Documentary. Out of the 45 submissions received from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, and the United Arab Emirates, a total of ten were nominated for the final round. The nominated teams then presented their project ideas to an international jury during a day-long pitch. The jury comprising Vincenzo Bugno, Johannes Ebert, Hania Mroué, Roman Paul, and Rasha Salti subsequently selected the three award-winners.
The winner in the Short Film category is the German-Lebanese film project Free Range by director Bassem Breish and producer Jacques Colman. According to the jury, in their absurdly humorous story about three runaway cows that cross the Israeli-Lebanon border while grazing, they insightfully and intelligently tell of the tragedies surrounding borders and land mines.
Two projects received awards in the Documentary category. The jury praised the German-Moroccan documentary A Place Under The Sun, by director Karim Aitouna and producer Carsten Böhnke, for its strong documentary approach. The director provides an initially intimate look at his father, subsequently documenting the larger social battles of street vendors in Tétouan and the Arab world.
The second award went to the German-Egyptian-Palestinian documentary film project Three Mile Riders by director Philip Gnadt and producers Michael Dupke and Stephanie Yamine. The jury was won over by the film’s inspiring message and the originality of the film team as it follows the passions of surfers and break-dancers in Gaza.
The Film Prize gives young filmmakers the chance to become acquainted with another culture’s artistic methods of working and styles. The teams produce their films in both Germany and the partner country. In addition, two members from each winning team are also invited to next year’s Berlinale Talent Campus, the most important meeting place for up-and-coming filmmakers from across the globe.
Partners of the new Film Prize include renowned film institutions from the Arab League nations such as the Royal Film Commission in Amman, the Dubai International Film Festival, and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture in Beirut, as well as the different locations of the Goethe-Institut in each region.