On 2 June 2015 four projects have been awarded The Wim Wenders scholarship worth a total sum of 100,000€ at the Filmwerkstatt in Düsseldorf. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW in collaboration with the Wim Wenders Foundation awarded the scholarship for the development of innovative filmic concepts for the second time. It is aimed at young filmmakers who have a vision of new ways of visual storytelling.
„The Wim Wenders grant has been very well received. Applications came from the whole country and displayed a wide range of genres, with a light preference for science fiction and futuristic stories“ declared Petra Müller, head of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. „ We thank all applicants for their convincing projects and congratulate the recipients who and implement their ideas after the pitching of today. And before all, I thank Wim Wenders, Mirko Derpmann, and the team of he Düsselodorf based Wim Wenders Stiftung.“
The jury chaired by Wim Wenders chose the winners from the applications. The other members of the jury were Petra Müller, chairwoman of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW as well as Mirko Derpmann, creative director and member of the management at Scholz & Friends.
“The principal idea behind the grant of the Wim Wenders Foundation is to foster and encourage young filmmakers to approach well-known forms and genres in innovative ways, whether fictional or documentary. This year, too, the jury has chosen those applicants who have both convinced us with an extraordinary subject as well as given us hope that they’ll examine their visual means in creative ways”, says Wim Wenders.