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German & Arab Filmmakers at the Heart of Berlinale

German & Arab Filmmakers at the Heart of Berlinale

The Robert Bosch Foundation, one of the main partners of Berlinale Talents, has successfully grabbed the attention of high-profile Arab and German filmmakers through its Film Prize for International Cooperation edition between young German and Arab filmmakers. The festive dinner
hosted by the Robert Bosch Foundation on Friday, February 6th, witnessed the presence of a slew of filmmakers and cinema
professionals and further guests from the 65th Berlin International Film Festival
(currently running).

The dinner gala was attended by several filmmaking figures including Alaa Karkouti, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions; Maher Diab, Creative Director and Co-founder of MAD Solutions; Abdallah Al Shami, MAD’s Managing Partner for MAD’s GCC operations; Jane Williams, Arab Cinema Center Consultant at Berlinale; Emirati/Lebanese
Producer Paul Baboudjian; Egyptian Producer Hani Osama, Co-founder of The Producers;
Emirati Filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi; Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of Dubai International Film Festival
;Ahmed Shahm, Founder of the post production company X-Rated; Wagih Ahmed, Co-founder of X-Rated; Lebanese Director Myrna Maakaron; Egyptian Actor/Producer Ahmad Al Fishawy, Founder of Crystal Dog; George David, General Manager of the Royal Film Commission-Jordan; Josef Kullengard, Malmo Arab Film Festival Project Coordinator; Egyptian Filmmaker Marianne Khoury and Hania Mroue, Founder and Manager of Metropolis Art Cinema Association.


The event was also attended by Florian Weghorn, Program Manager at Berlinale Talents;Christine Tröstrum, Project Manager at Berlinale Talents; Berlinale Shorts curator Maike Mia Höhne; Irit Neidhardt, Director at MEC Film;Adriek Van Nieuwenhuyzen, Director of Industry Office International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam;Claudia Jubeh, Head of Programming at ALFILM- Arab Film Festival and Fadi Abdelnour Artistic Director at ALFILM-Arab Film Festival.

Presented by Dr. Ingrid Hamm, CEO of the Robert Bosch Foundation along
with Frank W. Albers, Project Manager and Initiator of the Film Prize, the evening was intended in the
first place to gather and create a network among Arab and German cinema professionals, as well as the festival’s guests. The evening also included the
screening of Bassem Breish’s Free Range, a winner of the Film Prize of
the Robert Bosch Foundation.

This year marks the 3rd edition of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Foundation which grants three awards for
international co-operations between young German and Arab filmmakers in the categories documentary, short fiction film and animation.

The 1st Film Prize of Robert Bosch Foundation was initiated in 2013. The
three prizes, each worth up to 70,000 Euros, are awarded in a gala within Berlinale Talents to the best 3 projects in the
categories: animation, documentary, and short fiction film. One or two members of each winning team will have the opportunity to be guests at Berlinale Talents in its upcoming edition in the following year.

The Film Prize targets film co-productions between young German filmmakers and their partners from the Arab World to encourage
intercultural exchange. Applying for this competition starts annually in May and ends in September and the winning film will benefit from the value of the
prize in funding his/her film project.

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