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Berlinale: Robert Bosch Stiftung rewards co-production projects between Germany, Syria and Lebanon

BEIRUT | - February 16, 2016, 08h05

The Robert Bosch Stiftung on Sunday revealed the three Film Prize winners during Berlinale Talents.

The Film Prize for the documentary film project went to the Lebanese-German documentary Miguel's War by director Eliane Raheb and co-producers Lissi Muschol and Margot Haiböck. The Film Prize for the short fiction project went to Tshweesh (Lebanon-Germany) by director Feyrouz Serhal producer Stefan Gieren, whereas the Film Prize for the animation film project went to Four Acts for Syria (Syria-Germany) by directors Waref Abu Quba and Kevrok Mourad, and producer Eva Illmer.

This year's Jury encompassed: George David, Director of the Royal Film Commission of Jordan; Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of Goethe-Institute; Doris Hepp, Commissioning Editor of ZDF/Arte, Producer Roman Paul, Founder of Razor Film Production Berlin; Hania Mroué, Director of Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut; Director Marianne Khoury, Co-manager of Misr International Films Cairo and Florian Weghorn, Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents.

Since 2013, the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for international cooperation targets film co-production between young German filmmakers and their partners from the Arab World, encouraging intercultural exchange. Applying for the competition starts annually in May and closes by the end of July. The three winning films will benefit from the value of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in funding the film project.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe's largest foundations associated with a private company. It invests approximately 70 million Euros annually in supporting approximately 800 of its own as well as third-party projects in the fields of international relations, education, society and culture, as well as health and science. Since its founding back in 1964, the Foundation has used more than 1.2 billion Euros for charitable activities.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung continues the charitable pursuits of Robert Bosch (1861 - 1942), the founder of both the company and the Foundation. It owns about a 92 percent stake in Robert Bosch GmbH, and finances its operations from the dividends it receives from this holding. Robert Bosch's former home in Stuttgart serves as the Foundation's headquarters. Around 140 employees work for the Foundation at this location and at its offices in Berlin.

Before the start of the Berlin International Film Festival this year, the jury met during two days in the Representative Office of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin, where each nominated team of filmmakers pitched their project's idea within 15 minutes to the Jury. The Nominees have been previously prepared for this pitch during an intense training with experts at the Nominee Forum, which was held last November and December.

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