Filmprize for International Cooperation
THE TRAP, 2019 by Nada Riyadh
MARADONA'S LEGS, 2019 by Firas Khoury
AMAL, 2017 by Mohamed Siam
TSHWEESH, 2017 by Feyrouz Serhal
With the 2021 Film Prize edition, the Film Prize program comes to an end.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this edition offered a reinvented online training program.
Eight German-Arab film teams from Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon have been nominated with four documentaries, one short animation and three short fiction films. They were invited to a series of online trainings to further develop their projects, their dossiers and prepare their pitch in front of the Film Prize Jury.
Each nominated team received a Development Prize of 10,000 euros at the end of the program.
Finally, two teams won an additional Best Pitch Award, each endowed with 10,000 euros. The two winning teams were revealed at the Good Bye, Film Prize! online event on 3 March 2021.
What happend before ...
Online Pitch Lab
A training program that prepared the eight nominated teams in two steps for the pitch to the Film Prize Jury with the pitching trainers Sibylle Kurz and Stefano Tealdi.
At the final Jury Pitch, the Nominees competed for the Best Pitch Award, endowed with 10,000 euros and awarded to two of the eight teams.
For the online pitching training, held on 22 January 2021, the teams presented their pre-recorded pitches, which they discussed in a group with their personal pitching trainer.
At the online pitching rehearsal on 1 February 2021 the teams received feedback and got finishing touches on their reworked recorded pitches from their trainer and the Film Prize team.
Finally, on 11 February 2021, the teams presented their recorded pitches to the international Film Prize Jury.
The two teams who won the Best Pitch Award will be revealed during the Good Bye, Film Prize! online event, held within the framework of Berlinale Talents.
Online Project Lab
The Online Project Lab is divided into three parts: the development of the projects, tackling issues related to co-production and the preparation of the final project dossier.
From November 5 to 7, 2020, the Nominees first discussed their very personal and socially reflective stories in mutual feedback. They then spent two days delving deeper into their stories and developing them further with the help and expertise of Film Prize experts Selina Ukwuoma, Ayman El Amir and Raed Andoni.
From November 25 to 27, 2020, a distinguished group of experts working in this field supported the Nominees with their experience by exchanging views on various co-production matters. The Nominees had the opportunity to reflect either in individual or group sessions on the context of their concept with Irit Neidhardt, on their budget and funding strategy with Roman Paul, on aspects of German-Arab co-production with May Odeh, Myriam Sassine, Roshanak Behesht Nedjad and Stefan Gieren, and on distribution opportunities for their films with Ahmed Sobky and Zeina Sfeir. On the last afternoon, the Nominees met with each other in smaller groups for an interpersonal exchange.
In December the Nominees will finalize their project dossier with the feedback and advices of Selina Ukwuoma before submitting it for the final step of the Film Prize program, the Pitch Lab in early 2021.
The Nomination Meeting
On October 12, 2020, the Film Prize Jury Alexander Wadouh, Elke Kaschl Mohni and Mohannad Al Bakri and the Film Prize team met online. The Jury had the difficult task to nominate 8 German-Arab teams with their film projects out of 35 promising submissions.
Four feature documentaries, one short animation and three short fictions with teams from Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon are in the race. These powerful projects reflect on a wide range of social and political topics in Arab societies, offering a fresher perspective through very personal stories. This selection showcases extraordinary emerging talents and tenacious female voices.
Each of the eight nominated teams receives a Development Prize of 10,000 euros, an invitation to the Film Prize Training Program and a chance to win one of two Best Pitch Awards, each endowed with 10,000 euros.
Film Prize Project Market
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this matchmaking platform, which has always been at the core of the program, took place as an online workshop from 15 to 17 July 2020.
Twelve Arab directors with 6 feature documentary, 4 short fiction and 2 animation film projects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia met with 12 selected German producers from all over Germany.
In intense one-to-one sessions, these meetings could result in a good match and each team formed of an Arab filmmaker and a German producer would be able to apply with their project to the 2021 and final edition of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The 2020 Film Prize Year
The 2020 Film Prize year started with the Project Market Amman, a platform for exchange and networking in order to find the right team partner for a joint application for the Film Prize. Once the German-Arab film teams were successfully nominated, they were invited to participate in the Film Prize training program before they pitched their project to the international Film Prize Jury. The three Film Prizes were announced during the award ceremony held during Berlinale Talents in February 2020.