On September 30, 2019 the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the Wim Wenders Stiftung presented the winners of the Wim Wenders Grant for the sixth time in a row at Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf. The grant, which is annually endowed with a total of 100,000 Euros, supports young filmmakers in their efforts to explore new creative means for innovative visual storytelling, allowing them to develop their film projects independently.
The jury chaired by Wim Wenders selected four projects from a total of 36 entries. Apart from the quality of the projects’ content, the originality of their visual conception was the most important for the jury. Alongside to chairman Wim Wenders, the jury also includedPetra Müller, CEO of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, and Mirko Derpmann, creative director of Scholz & Friends.
A colloquium has been held annually since 2016 for the current grant holders and those from previous years following the grant presentation ceremony. They are invited the next day to report to the jury about the current state of their funded projects, show early samples of their work and support one another in the further development of their projects and through discussions with the jury.
The Wim Wenders Grant of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW was awarded for the first time in 2014. Since then, 25 grants have been awarded with total funding of around 600,000 Euros. The jury consisting of Wim Wenders (chair), Filmstiftung CEO Petra Müller and Mirko Derpmann (Scholz & Friends) decide on the allocation of the grants in a two-stage application process. After an initial pre-selection, the candidates are invited to present their projects to the jury. The emphasis lies on the convincing formal and visual realization of the projects and on thematic criteria.
All relevant information and documentation relating to the Wim Wenders Grant is available at www.filmstiftung.de.