The PORSCHE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVERTISING FILM AWARD, in short PORSCHE AWARD, was launched in 2004. Since then, the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg as the host and the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG as the main sponsor have been organizing this successful international student advertising film competition.
Every year it gives young directors of advertising films throughout the world and their teams the opportunity to submit their creative and always innovative commercial spots. The PORSCHE AWARD is the only international advertising film award which was exclusively designed for students and apprentices. Its GOAL is to offer the young talents a stage on which they have the chance to present their works and themselves to experienced trade experts, thereby paving the way for the committed young teams to professional and successful filmmaking.
Young advertisement filmmakers may submit their films to the following three categories:
For the first time in 2014, we are opening up all three categories to budding directors, who have been working outside of a filmschool or who have recently graduated. Every director who has been working for less than two years in the free market is allowed to take part.
It has become a tradition that each year the Porsche AG as the eponym and MAIN SPONSOR of the competition and also as a globally active manufacturer of sports cars donates all prizes: The four prizes in the first category, which commemorate – through the PRIZE MONEY to the amount of 3.911,- euros, 2.911,- euros, 1.911,- euros and 911,- euros – the premium car company´s all-time classic, the Porsche 911. In the second category, the best work will be awarded with 2.356,- euros (named "New Ways Award"). In the special category "Automobile" the winner will receive 3.918,- euros in honor of the Porsche Model 918. In addition, all six winners will each receive a trophy in the shape of a slingshot, which represents the will of the young filmmakers to establish themselves in the highly competitive market.
The PORSCHE AWARD also offers the students the opportunity for a cultural exchange, since the directors of the eleven best advertising films (i.e. the SHORTLIST) will be invited to take part in a two-day programme in Ludwigsburg, where a number of interesting activities are awaiting them, such as a visit of the Porsche factory and the Porsche museum or a guided tour of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. The highlight of their stay is the attendance of the award ceremony, which is held every year in November and where the much sought-after throphies and prize money will be awarded by the 4 or 5 members of the nonpartisan jury.
Over the past years, young talented filmmakers from the United States of America, Australia, Singapore, Russia, the Netherlands, India, England, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Sweden, and many other parts of the world were guests of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. If you want to learn the names of the SHORTLIST CANDIDATES of the past years, please follow the link Shortlist 2004-2013.
The members of the JURY always have an international background as well and are renowned trade experts (Jury 2004-2013), e.g. Dieter Kosslick, director of the International Film Festival Berlin, Lyndy Stout, erstwhile editor of the London-based professional trade magazine “shots” and now editor of OnePointFour, several notable representatives of the advertising industry from London, Paris, Amsterdam or Berlin, the director Detlev Buck and the well-known German actors Ralph Herforth or Inez Bjørg David.
Over the past years, the competition has continually expanded and made its mark. For this reason, an increasing AUDIENCE including members of agencies, advertising film production companies, film and media companies and other industrial firms have decided to join the award ceremony.
A heightened national and international PRESS COVERAGE also indicates the growing appeal of the PORSCHE AWARD. Alongside German publications such as the advertising trade magazines “Horizont” and “werben & verkaufen,” „Blickpunkt Film,“ „Filmecho/Filmwoche“ and „epd Film“ (film and media trade magazines), or „Spiegel Online“ and „Focus Online“ (nationwide online magazines), “shots” and “Adweek” also cover the award regularly.
The PORSCHE AWARD started out as the successor of the HENNESSY PRIZE, which had been founded in 1989 by the “Initiative Junger Werbefilm” (Young Advertising Film Initiative) in Munich. Up to the year 2000, young students from all parts of Germany were annually called upon to submit their advertsing spots which were produced especially for the competition. The goal of the Hennessy Prize was to encourage the students to engage in commercials and to convince the colleges that advertising films are a discipline no less worthwhile than documentaries or fiction films. The PORSCHE AWARD remains true to this goal, however – unlike the Hennessy Award – not on a national, but on a broad international level with participants, jury members, and an audience from all over the world.
The following CO-SPONSORS and supporters currently take part in the competition which will be held for the eleventh time in 2014:
The City of Ludwigsburg, a reliable partner and supporter of the Filmakademie since its foundation in the year 1991, contributes to the competition each year as a generous secondary sponsor.
The London-based advertising trade magazine shots will again release a selection of the eleven shortlisted films on DVD or on their website (since 2004) and publish an extensive paper on the award winners. Furthermore, each year a “shots” editor is part of the jury (cf. jury).
Distelhäuser Brewery Ernst Bauer GmbH & Co. KG (since 2009) has committed to the competition by providing beverages and drinks.
If you or your company are interested in supporting the successful PORSCHE AWARD as co-sponsor as well, please contact the project management via e-mail: email@example.com, or via telephone: +49 (0)7141 969 280. We will be happy to send you our detailed sponsoring documents.