Berlin Film Festival Sets Up $20,000 Prize for Young German Directors

The winner of the inaugural Made in Germany Perspektive Fellowship will be chosen among the directors of the 2011 Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

COLOGNE, Germany – The Berlin Film Festival has launched a new prize to support young German directors, which will provide €15,000 ($20,000) towards the development of a new project by an up-and-coming director.

Any of the directors whose films screened in the festival’s young German cinema sidebar, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, are eligible to apply for award, called the Made in Germany Perspektive Fellowship.

A three-member jury made up of director Thomas Arslan, actress Anna Bruggemann and producer Gian-Piero Ringel will pick the winner from project submissions. The inaugural prize will be presented at a ceremony at next year’s Berlin Film Festival.

The fellowship is backed by German watchmaker Glashutte Original.

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