In a ceremony held at Düsseldorf’s Filmwerkstatt on September 28, 2017 together with Wim Wenders Stiftung the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW presented the Wim Wenders Grant for the fourth year in a row. The grant, awarded annually and with a total value of 100,000 euros, is intended to provide young filmmakers with the necessary freedom to develop their cinematic ideas independently and self-sufficiently.
From a total of 27 submitted applications, the jury chaired by Wim Wenders himself selected five projects to receive the grant. In addition to the quality of the material, the originality of the projects’ visual conception was the primary deciding factor for the jury. In addition to Wim Wenders, the jury was composed of Petra Müller, CEO of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, and Mirko Derpmann, creative director and partner of the Scholz & Friends Group.
“As an initiative for supporting young talent unique in Germany, the Wim Wenders Grant gives young creative artists the freedom to think radically both from a formal and thematic point of view. This year’s grant recipients took advantage of this opportunity in an impressive manner. We would like to thank all those who applied for their film ideas and we congratulate the recipients of the class of 2017 and wish them great success in the development of their projects,” commented Petra Müller, CEO of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. “We would like to thank Wim Wenders, Laura Schmidt and her team, the Board of Trustees, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Düsseldorf and all of our partners and supporters for an excellent co-operation characterized by trust over five wonderful and productive years.”
Jury chairman Wim Wenders: “This year, all of the grant recipients really knocked us off our feet. They are developing stories and shedding light on phenomena that determine our everyday existence or will shape it in the very near future, and they are striving to relate all this with their own point of view and the newest means available. On the fifth anniversary of our foundation and in harmony with its mission, the works of these up-and-coming talents are a testament to the fact that the evolution of the artistic medium of film continues unabated. I would like to congratulate this year’s grant recipients and also express my gratitude to their predecessors, who in the scope of the colloquium once again this year allowed us to experience the density and diversity present in the development of the material for their supported projects, which have already discovered new paths and forms.”
As was the case last year, on the eve of the grant presentation ceremony a colloquium took place with the grant recipients of the previous two years. In the scope of this event, the filmmakers briefed the jury headed by Wim Wenders on the current state of the funded projects, showed first samples of their work and engaged in a dialogue with their peers and jury members about the further development of their films.