Film- und Medienstiftung NRW Announces Call for Applications for Third Annual Awarding of Wim Wenders Grant

In co-operation with the Wim Wenders Stiftung, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW has announced a call for applications for the third annual Wim Wenders Grant. The grant is intended to serve as material support for young filmmakers, in particular those from North Rhine-Westphalia, who have devoted themselves to the development of new means for telling stories and enriching and extending our common visual language.

In the scope of a two-stage application process, a jury chaired by Wim Wenders and also featuring Filmstiftung CEO Petra Müller is responsible for selecting the recipient of the grant, which is endowed with an annual budget of approximately 100,000 euros. Applications for the Wim Wenders Grant can be submitted to the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW until July 13th 2016. The annual ceremony to honor the grant recipients is currently set to take place on the 28th of September.

“We are delighted and proud to be able for the third consecutive year to announce the call for applications for this unique grant together with Wim Wenders and his Düsseldorf-based foundation,” commented Petra Müller. “According to its statutes, the grant is intended to support the development of project ideas that combine the cinematic narrative form with an impressive formal and aesthetic creative vision. After selection by the jury, the grant recipient has a period of 18 months for the development and realization of his or her project idea. We look forward with great anticipation to receiving our applicants’ proposals for developing unconventional and exceptional material.”

“With the medial interconnection of his works for film, photography and text, Wim Wenders has sought out time and again over the course of his artistic career innovative formal, aesthetic and technical possibilities for expression in order to give shape to his cinematic spaces and make his unique view of the world tangible in sound and image,” according to Laura Schmidt, Managing Director of the Wim Wenders Stiftung. “We hope once again this year to receive original and inspiring project proposals that aim to explore new media and new cinematic techniques.”

Among other things, the application documentation must include an approximately ten-page description of the project concept, a budget calculation, a CV and an audiovisual directorial reference project or a filmed reference script from the applicant.

All relevant information and documentation relating to the Wim Wenders Grant is currently available at

Film- und Medienstiftung NRW staff members Susanna Felgener ( and Sebastian Seidler ( are available to answer all inquiries related to the grant application process.