Promoting young talent has always been one of Wim Wenders’ central concerns.

Wim Wenders supports and advises young filmmakers by awarding the Wim Wenders Grant, together with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. In addition, he continues to share his knowledge and experience through lectures, master classes and Q&As worldwide.

Another focus of the promotion of young talent is film education, particularly within the framework of “A European School of Seeing” – a programme aimed at school students to help them understand film as an independent art form and to navigate responsibly and confidently in the world of images.

By preserving, restoring and distributing Wenders’ lifework, the Wim Wenders Foundation facilitates and promotes artistic, scientific, and pedagogical exchange with cultural, research, and educational institutions.

For young filmmakers:

The Grant

An important aspect of the foundation’s work is supporting innovative cinematic narration. Together with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW the Wim Wenders Foundation has awarded the Wim Wenders Grant once a year since 2014. The grant enables young filmmakers to realize innovative and unconventional projects by new means and thus enrich our common visual language. You can find further information and documents relating to the Wim Wenders Grant at www.filmstiftung.de.

to the award winners

For children and young people:

Film Education

The WWS sees itself as an advocate for a future-oriented and urgent task: to introduce young audiences already at school to the German and European film treasure, with the aim to develop an early understanding that film is culture – an art form equivalent to the other arts and therefore deserving the same status in the classroom. With its film education project “A European School of Seeing”, the WWS wishes to raise enthusiasm for European cinema, and to teach children and young adults the basics of a critical media discourse as well as to help keeping the European film heritage alive.


For young academics:

Materials on Wenders’ Works

The Wim Wenders Foundation archive is currently being administered in Berlin in order to organize it systematically and make it available for research, releases, presentations and educational projects. Within the scope of its possibilities, the foundation also supports groundbreaking research projects, symposiums and publications by making contributions and assisting with printing costs. For requests concerning archive material, restoration work and ongoing projects, please contact us via email.