In 2012 Jordan’s Royal Film Commission set up a partnership with the German foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung, to support collaboration between young Arab and German film-makers. The partnership is part of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Award, which aims to provide a first experience of international co-production and support intercultural exchange.
Each year, the foundation awards three prizes to teams of emerging Arab directors and German producers who complete a joint film project. The awards, each worth €60,000, are for an animated short, a short drama film and a short or feature-length documentary.
To give each director the opportunity to find his ideal partner, more than 20 Arab directors are invited to meet 15 German producers at Project Market Amman – a programme held in the Jordanian capital from June 13th to 18th 2019 and organized with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan. During these five days directors and producers can exchange ideas, present their work, share knowledge and experiences, and discuss issues related to co-production
The call for projects for Project Market Amman is open to film-makers living in a member country of the Arab League and to producers living in Germany. Arab film-makers must propose a film project while German producers submit their profile. Applicants whose projects are selected will be notified by mid-April.
If a creative team is formed during the Project Market Amman programme, it is invited to submit its project to the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Award, which is selected in August 2019. The selected teams take part in Project Lab, a training programme for project development which takes place in Cairo, Egypt, at the end of October. Participants will also be able to present their films during pitch sessions in Berlin in January. The awards will be given during the Berlinale Talents at the end of February.
Deadline for Arab directors to submit applications: March 28th 2019.
Deadline for German producers to submit profiles: April 8th 2019.