From now until July 15, 2022: Submission for the ninth Wim Wenders Grant

This year, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, in cooperation with the Wim Wenders Foundation, will present the Wim Wenders Scholarship for the ninth time. A selection committee chaired by Wim Wenders and including Film Foundation Director Petra Müller, will judge the applications in a two-stage process.

The renowned scholarship has been awarded annually since 2014 and is endowed with a total budget of around €100,000. It supports young filmmakers from Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia who want to apply new methods of telling stories. Applications can be submitted to the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW by Friday, July 15th at the latest.

Among past scholarship recipients are Eibe Maleen Krebs with her intense drama “Draussen in meinem Kopf“ (“Outside in My Head”), which received the Max Ophüls Youth Jury Prize in 2018, Erik Schmitt with his big-city fairy tale “Cleo”, which opened the Berlinale Generation section in 2019, as well as Valentin Riedl and his documentary film “Lost in Face”, which received both the Audience Award for Documentary Film and the Award for Best Music in a Documentary Film in 2020, at the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival. Marten Persiel’s “Everything will Change” received the Audience Award of the Max Ophüls Prize in 2022 as well as the NDR Young Talent Award and the Creative Energy Award of the Filmfest Emden. On Thursday, Stephan Bergmann’s documentary “Endlich unendlich” opens in German cinemas.

Regulations, application documents and further information is available at:

Before submitting an application, a consultation with the funding officer Susanna Felgener is required. ( 

Foto: work sample by Felix Reinecker, grant holder 2020