Project Markets

In cooperation with regional partners, Project Markets take place each spring to help filmmakers from the Arab World and Germany find their right team partner for a joint application to the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Directors living in the Arab World (member countries of the Arab League) apply with a project idea, while German producers submit their profile. A selection committee selects the participants.

The Project Markets are a useful networking platform for the intercultural exchange, not only between the Arab directors and the German producers but also within the groups. 

Winner of the Pitching Award: Abdelraham & Saad Dnewar. photo: ITFS/Reiner Pfister 

Arab Animation Forum

The Arab Animation Forum is organised by the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS) and took place from April 30 – May 3, 2019. 

The Arab Animation Forum connected young animation directors and artists from the Arab World with upcoming producers from Germany in order to support joint animated film projects. The aim of the Arab Animation Forum is to identify interesting projects and to connect potential co-production partners directed towards a possible application for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

The Arab Animation Forum connects young animation directors and artists from the Arab World with upcoming producers from Germany in order to support joint animated film projects. 

The selected filmmakers get the opportunity to present their animation film projects to a professional jury during a pitching session and receive an evaluation of their projects.

The selected producers discuss with the Arab directors their projects in several one-to-one meetings and develop a potential co-production.

The winning project of the Arab Animation Forum is automatically nominated to the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung provided that a German producer is attached to the project. Finding a German producer for the project is still possible after the Arab Animation Forum.

Eligible for the participation in the Arab Animation Forum are animation filmmakers residing in the Arab World (member states of the Arab League) and looking for a producer or co-producer as well as German producers interested in producing or co-producing an animated film project.

The call for submission is closed.

The submission deadline was March 3, 2019.

Apply directly on the website of the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart here.

Project Market Amman

The Project Market Amman is organized in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and takes place in Amman from 13 to 18 June 2019.

20 directors from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia with nine documentary and eleven short fiction film projects will meet with 14 producers from Germany.

During five days, a diverse program offers the filmmakers the chance to get to know each other, introduce their work, tackle co-production matters, discuss thoroughly the director’s project and exchange knowledge and experiences. Further joint networking events reinforce potential partnerships. 

The meetings between directors and producers do not necessarily result in a partnership but will enrich their personal experience and extend their network.

If a team is successfully formed, the project dossier must be prepared for the application to the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Eligible to apply for the Project Market Amman are emerging directors being resident in one member country of the Arab League with a film idea in development in the categories short animation, short fiction film, short or feature length documentary, as well as up-and-coming German producers, looking for good stories from this region. 

The communication language of the Film Prize program is English. Applicants must have a good command of English and be able to communicate in English. 

  • The call for submission opens February 28, 2019
  • The submission deadline for project ideas by Arab directors is March 28, 2019
  • The deadline for complete profiles by German producers is April 8, 2019

Applicants must register at the Online Project Market and submit their application, following this link.

Applicants with a project idea for the Project Market Amman must provide the following project information:

  • a logline
  • a short synopsis
  • a director’s note and motivation
  • a link to the director's most recent film.

A script and/or treatment should be available upon request.

Producers from Germany only have to register on the portal and fill in all data.

Online Project Market

The Online Project Market serves as the application portal for the Project Market Amman as well as a yearlong networking platform to facilitate the team-finding process.