The Film Prize of The Robert Bosch Stiftung Opens Call for Film Submissions

Posted by Sydney J. Levine

The Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation has announced the call for film submissions for the interested young German and Arab filmmakers. The prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, are awarded for film co-productions in the categories: short animation, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary.


2016 winners of the Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation


The deadline for submissions is on Thursday the 21st of July, and 12 projects will be selected for the Film Prize competition on August 15th. The three winning projects will be announced in February 2017 during the events of the Berlinale Talents.

Eligible for the Film Prize are mixed teams of Arab filmmakers (22 members of the Arab League) and German filmmakers who are in the beginning of their film career. Furthermore, the film should be produced in both partnering countries, stressing in particular the aspect of intercultural exchange.

The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation mainly targets directors (at the beginning of their career), students or graduates of film and media academies who hold an Arab nationality, and who have projects in development in one of the previously mentioned categories. Applicants must be able to communicate in English.

The team must feature a producer, co-producer, director, camera operator (not for animated films), screenwriter, and they may have additional positions such as cut, music, etc. Joint production teams must have at least four members. There should be a balanced mix of Arab and German team members. At least two members must originate from the partner country.

Winning contestants will be issued a grant by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The foundation offers additional optional services like production counseling, mediation of contacts with film and media artists, and film promotion.


About Sydney Levine

Sydney Levine is an executive of longstanding in the international film business. She is a writer of the popular blog on international film business, SydneysBuzz which also has run on Indiewire, IMDbPro and IMDb since 2008 when Amazon acquired her twenty-five year old company FilmFinders. In 1988 Sydney created FilmFinders, the industry’s first database of worldwide features used by distributors, sales agents and festival programmers acquiring features. It became industry standard for organizing and tracking the rights-buying activities of the film business and was adopted by the Cannes Marché and developed into what today is called She and her partner, Peter Belsito continue to provide consulting and strategic planning for producers, national film organizations and other educational initiatives in international film business at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Germany's Deutsche Welle Akademie, Talents in Berlin, Sarajevo, and Guadalajara, EICTV the international film school in Los Banos, Cuba, Chapman University, UCLA Extension, Vilnius University, et. al. She organizes, moderates and participates in panel discussions on the international film business, as well as producing white paper research and reports on Sydney works with the markets in Cannes and Berlin in administering buyers’ data for North America, Latin America and Asia and gives tours of the market to newcomers. She opens the Cannes Shorts Corner with a presentation on The International Film Circuit for shorts. She has currently completed a book about Latin American Film Financing published in Spanish by the Guadalajara University Press. The English version on the Iberoamerican Film Business will be published in the fall of 2016.

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