The Film Prize Team
In close consultation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung an efficient team of four organizes and continuously develops the Film Prize's yearlong training and competition program.
Frank W. Albers
was born in Bremen. After finishing school he went on to study German and Scandinavian Literature as well as Cultural Science in Berlin, Frankfurt/Oder and Gothenburg. During his studies he worked as a freelancer for the Berlin International Festival (section Panorama). Returning from an extensive linguistic research in Central America in 1995 he started working for a Berlin based TV production company (developing talk show and news formats for RTL, Sat1 and Pro7). In 1999 he moved to Iceland where he became the director of the Goethe-Zentrum in Reykjavík and worked as a lecturer for German Literature at the University of Iceland. Since 2002 he works for the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart as senior program manager for arts and culture, responsible for the international film funding. Among many other programs he initiated and developed the “Film Prize For International Cooperation Germany/Arab World” as well as the newly established film training programs in East Africa, like “Follow The Nile” or “Film Pro Series – EA”. He teaches at several international film schools and recently produced the feature length documentary film “Spirit of The Ball”.
studied History of Modern and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education in London followed by studies of Cultural Management in Berlin. From 1998 to 2003 she has been organising international cultural events amongst which were the transmediale media art festival and the ICMC – International Computer Music Conference. From 2004 to 2009 she was the festival manager of the goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden/Germany, organised by the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF. She then established herself as a freelance cultural manager at the Filmkunstfest Schwerin, Saas-Fee Filmfest in Switzerland, the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the University of the Arts Berlin, amongst others. In April 2012 she founded her company Schyle Filmwork which offers project management mainly in a film related context. She coordinates, manages and co-curates the one-year program of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and a Masters of Arts in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University in London. He has been working with the Metropolis Association, which manages Metropolis Art Cinema, the only art house cinema in Lebanon, since its inception in 2006 as administrator and then as Managing Director. He has also worked for the cultural association Beirut DC for the promotion of Arab Cinema as general coordinator for its Arab film festival The Beirut Cinema Days since 2006. He has organized over 20 Arab film weeks in the Arab World and Europe. Since 2014, El-Khoury is the Programme Manager of Talents Beirut and is a member of the administrative board of the Metropolis Association. He is also curator of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and works as a programmer for the Beirut Cinema Days and Alfilm, the Arab Film Festival of Berlin. He has recently joined the team of DFF – Deutsches Filmmuseum & Filminstitut in Frankfurt as Diversity Manager.
studied Film, German Philology and Cultural Anthropology in Erlangen, Marburg and Siegen (MA). Festival director of the goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden (2004 – Oct 2008), and of the German TV-Crime-Stories-Festival in Wiesbaden from 2009 to 2012 together with Barbara Dierksen. Member of diverse juries. She developed concepts, exhibitions and film series for Filmvilla Nürnberg, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Kulturamt Wiesbaden, Offenbach University of Art and Design (Moving Image Biennial 2013, Frankfurt.) and particulary for the Deutsches Filmmuseum and Deutsches Filminstitut (DIF) in Frankfurt. For twenty years now she is working for this German cinematheque, curating exhibitions, programming film series, organizing special events like the programm at the re-opening of the house in 2011. Since summer 2013 she is head of the film literacy department at Deutsches Filminstitut (DIF). As former curator, she developed the program of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung continuously. Today she is part of the Film Prize team as advisor.
is an independent filmmaker and video producer based in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied Audiovisual Media at the Stuttgart Media University, completing with diploma degree. Since then he is working for German TV stations and different film production companies. With his own production company Traube47 he specialized in projects with a cultural or social attitude, like the award winning documentary about an NGO in Uganda or his films for international museums like the Dutch National Motor Museum. Steffen produces all the trailers and web films around the Film Prize program.