How to Apply

Once the German-Arab team is formed, the team is asked to submit a comprehensive project dossier.


Team work continues during the breaks at Goethe-Institut Cairo – Project Lab 2018

What you need to know

The completed application form of the online application portal 

The project dossier which should contain:

  • a table of contents
  • a  factsheet with title, logline, length, format, language, core team, total amount
  • logline and synopsis
  • director's note (up to 500 words)
  • for short films: a script and a visual treatment (up to 500 words)
  • for documentaries: a treatment (up to 1800 words)
  • the core team's motivation (director and producers) (one joint motivation, up to 500 words)
  • the core team's bio (each up to 200 words)
  • a budget and financing plan
  • the director's most recent film (as reference and preferable in the category of the submitted project), an online link should be included in the application form, if available

Please keep your application compact but still comprehensive, stick to the given number of words, and create one PDF file (max. of 20 MB). 

Once the call is open, applications must be submitted here.

The mixed German-Arab film team should feature a

  • director
  • German producer
  • Arab producer
  • screenwriter 

Further fields like director of photography, editor, sound designer etc. should complement the team in a balance of both partnering countries.

We are looking for emerging filmmakers from the Arab World and Germany who want to realize a joint film project in co-production. The filmmakers should

  • have completed at least one short film
  • be in the beginning of their cinematographic career
  • or be finishing soon their studies at film and media academies
  • be able to communicate and defend their ideas in English

Arab filmmakers must reside in one of the member countries of the Arab League.

Applicants must be able to communicate and defend their idea in English. The application must be submitted in English. 

The call for submissions for the 2021 Film Prize runs from 1 July 2020 to 9 September 2020.

With the Film Prize for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH aims to support the general public in promoting art and culture as well as international understanding.

The advertised prize money is intended to provide an incentive to individuals of all countries to conceive or create film products geared towards creating or strengthening mutual understanding among peoples.  

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH places particular importance on highlighting the connection between art and culture and international understanding as well as on the fact that cinematographic works, as a particularly powerful element of the visual arts, can function as bridges between peoples/continents/societies in unique ways. This connection is of special significance regarding the judging criteria. 

In this context, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH calls attention to the fact that, as a non-profit organization, it does not wish to become politically engaged or to offer political statements within the scope of this project. For this reason, the cinematographic works should not be conceived or created solely to convey a political message. Political messages are defined by the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH in this context as:

  • global political issues;
  • national political issues;
  • regional political issues;
  • local political issues.

It is, however, unobjectionable for the creators to demand or take a stance on general conditions in the context of international understanding if these are suited to foster international understanding in terms of improved mutual relationships among peoples, as manifestations in the form of “film cinematic works”.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH reserves the right to attach specific legal requirements to the disbursement of the prize money in keeping with its commitment to the non-profitable purposes of promoting art and culture as well as international understanding.  

Applications will thus be assessed with due regard to the following judging criteria:

  • Type of presentation (short film/silent film; black and white film, color film) and its effects on the purpose of fostering mutual understanding among peoples/societies;
  • Genre (documentary, comedy, tragedy) and its effects on the purpose of fostering mutual understanding among peoples/societies;
  • Actors (leading actors, supporting actors) and its effects on the purpose of fostering mutual understanding among peoples/societies;
  • Subject (real, fictional) and its effects on the purpose of fostering mutual understanding among peoples/societies.

Political neutrality and political affinity as related to international understanding.

For any assistance, please contact

Karin Schyle
Film Prize Curator and Coordinator
Schyle Filmwork UG
Semmelweisstr. 16
14482 Potsdam
Tel+49176 60010787
e-mail to Karin Schyle