Just a few days before the Robert Bosch Stiftung's announcement of the winners of this year´s Film Prize for International Cooperation during Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, the foundation hosted its annual networking dinner connected to the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung at its Berlin representation. The Dinner aims to connect emerging Arab and German film talents with international film industry professionals.
Intended to primarily connect this year's Film Prize nominees, young Arab and German film talents, with international film professionals, the Film Prize Dinner also aims to bring together Arab filmmakers from Berlinale Talents with representatives of the foundation as well as other key figures from the film industry.
On Sunday, February 18th, the Robert Bosch Stiftung traditionally hosts an Early Bird Breakfast at the Berlinale Talents, where invited experts address issues related to international co-production in Talent Circles under the motto "Diversity and Trust".
The glamorous highlight of the Film Prize events will follow in the afternoon, when the 2018 Film Prize winners will be revealed at the award ceremony, held within Berlinale Talents. The award ceremony will open with a screening of former Film Prize winner MANIVELLE - THE LAST DAYS OF THE MAN OF TOMORROW, a short animation/fiction film by Lebanese director Fadi Baki.
About the Film Prize for International Cooperation
The Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers to realize a joint film project. Prizes are awarded in the categories: Short Animation, Short Fiction Film, and Short or Feature Documentary. This year, three documentary, three animation and four short fiction projects are nominated.
The jury of the 2018 Film Prize for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World are Vincenzo Bugno, Project Manager of the World Cinema Fund and Berlinale delegate; George David, General Manager of the Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC); Doris Hepp, Commissioning Editor of ZDF/ARTE; Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni, Regional Director of the Goethe-Institut for the MENA region; Marianne Khoury, Manager of Misr International Films (MIF); Hania Mroué, Founder and Director of the Metropolis Art Cinema in Lebanon; and producer Alexander Wadouh, Founder of Chromosom Film in Germany.
The annual Film Prize, launched in 2013, is awarded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung for the sixth time in 2018. Offering a yearlong training program, it aims to provide primary experience with international co-production, support emerging talents from Germany and the Arab world in the film business, provide expert knowledge in the development of their projects and open a door to the international film market.
Fostering the idea of intercultural exchange, the productions of the Film Prize recipients should take place in both partner countries, allowing the team members to reflect their own working styles.
Eligible for the Film Prize are mixed teams of Arab and German filmmakers who are in the early stages of their film career, and who have projects in development in one of the previously mentioned categories.
About the Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe's largest foundations associated with a private company. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. For this purpose, it plans and implements its own projects. Additionally, it supports third-party initiatives that have similar goals.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the areas of health, science, society, education, and international relations. Moreover, in the coming years, the Foundation will increasingly direct its activities on three focus areas: Migration, Integration, and Inclusion, Social Cohesion in Germany and Europe and Sustainable Living Spaces. Since it was established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has invested more than 1.4 billion euros in charitable work.