release date February 01 2017
Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung: International Jury and This Year's Nominees of the Film Prize unveiled
The Robert Bosch Stiftung has revealed an international jury and the 11 nominated film projects competing for its Film Prize, which comprises three production grants worth up to 60,000 Euros. Amongst the 2017 nominees are three short animation projects, four documentaries and four short fiction projects. The three 2017 Film Prize winners will be announced on Sunday, February 12 during Berlinale Talents, a summit and networking platform of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Film Prize jury members are: Vincenzo Bugno, Project Manager of World Cinema Fund and Berlinale delegate; George David, General Manager of The Royal Film Commission - Jordan (RFC); Doris Hepp, Commissioning Editor of ZDF/Arte; Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni, Regional Director of the Goethe-Institut for the MENA Region; Marianne Khoury, Co-Manager of Misr International Films; Hania Mroué, Founder and Director of the Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut; and producer Alexander Wadouh (Chromosom Film).

On Friday, February 10, the Robert Bosch Stiftung will host the Film Prize Dinner. Invited are the nominees, Berlinale Talents participants from the Arab world, representatives of the foundation, as well as film professionals accredited at Berlinale, media representatives, and special guests, including HRH Princess Rym al-Ali, Executive Commissioner of The Royal Film Commission Jordan, wife of Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan who is the son of late King
Al Hussein of Jordan. On February 12, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and The Royal Film Comission Jordan hosts one of the Berlinale Talents' Early Bird Breakfasts. In the evening, the Award Ceremony will take place during Berlinale Talents where the winning projects will be revealed.

The first edition of the Film Prize for German-Arab projects was launched in 2013. Offering a yearlong training programme it primarily aims to support young emerging talents from Germany and the Arab world in the film business, provide expert knowledge in the development of their projects and open a door to the international film market.

The teams should have a balanced mix of German and Arab filmmakers fostering the idea of intercultural exchange. The productions of Film Prize recipients take place in both partner countries, allowing the team members to reflect their own working styles.

The awards granted by the Robert Bosch Stiftung may be used to completely fund the films. Furthermore, the foundation provides consultancy services during the production period.