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 submitted dossier should contain:

  • a completed application form of the online application portal 
  • a table of contents
  • a  factsheet with title, logline, length, format, language, team in brief, total amount
  • producer's note and motivation
  • logline and synopsis
  • a detailed project outline (treatment and/or script, visual approach, scetches from the storyboard/moodboard for animation) 
  • director's note and motivation 
  • co-producer's note and motivation
  • a team set-up and a report on how the team met
  • biographies and filmographies (resume of the most relevant biographical stages and realized/released films of the main team)
  • a comprehensive budget plan, detailing project costs and financing 
  • 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.


Applications must be submitted here.

The mixed German-Arab film team should feature a

  • director
  • producer
  • co-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.

The calculation for the project should be a comprehensive and realistic budget plan showing the detailed project costs and funding. The Film Prize of 60,000 euros should be part of the financing plan. 

If the Film Prize is won, the prize money goes ex-aequo to the German and Arab producers. 

If other funds are on board, please note that the Robert Bosch Stiftung would like to keep the non-commercial rights for screenings within the Film Prize activities. 

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

Call for submission to the Film Prize: May 2019

Submission deadline for the 2020 Film Prize: 31 July 2019 (midnight CET)

Once the project proposal has been submitted, it is forwarded to the selection committee for reading. At the nomination meeting at end-August, the selection committee will nominate up to ten projects/teams out of all applications. 

Representative team members of each nominated project will be invited to tailor-made workshops: The Project Lab in Cairo and Dahshur (October) and the Pitch Forum in Berlin (January), including the pitch to the international Film Prize Jury.

The three Film Prize winners will be announced at the award ceremony held during Berlinale Talents late February. 

For details see link below.

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