Wim Wenders Scholarship for alumni of the DFFB

This year the Wim Wenders Scholarship was awarded for the 7th time by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the Düsseldorf Wim Wenders Foundation. The renowned scholarship assists young filmmakers who endeavour to tell their stories in new ways and to develop their projects independently. To this end, the scholarship holders provide a total of 100,000 euros. In selecting the projects to be funded, special attention was paid to originality and to a strong visual concept.
Six projects were selected for funding from a total of 33 applications. Among the successful applicants is a project by two alumni of the DFFB: Eliza Petkova and Constanze Schmitt received a scholarship of 10,000 euros for their film STILLE BEOBACHTER. What is special about this project is that it tells the story of animals observing people, and not the other way around, which gives us an insight into how animals view us humans.
The awardees will stay in contact with each other and, above all, with the jury and Wim Wenders through regular colloquia to communicate their project’s progress and to support one another in this development phase.
Wim Wenders concludes by explaining the film industry and the current situation: “I’m delighted that we are using the scholarship to give these filmmakers the time and support they need to develop their projects. Especially given these difficult times for cinema, a medium so closely linked to social interaction. More than ever, cinema needs new forms and certainly other forms of presentation to strengthen the medium’s collective experience.”
Our warmest congratulations go to Eliza and Constanze—we are very excited about this opportunity to develop your project!

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