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Press release by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Ludwigsburg, 26 September 2019



92 films by young talents from 11 countries were submitted for the international PORSCHE AWARD; the best ten of those have now been shortlisted. An eight-strong jury selected the shortlisted films from all the works submitted – with no knowledge of who produced the spots.

Like last year, the jurors chose three filmsin theMobility Category:

  1. Daniel Eceolaza – “The Chase”– Germany
  2. Nikolas Meyberg – “Brothers”– Lazi Akademie, Germany
  3. Magali Herzog and Miguel Schmid – “Small Talk” – Germany

In the Classical Category / Other Formats section, a total of seven young advertising film talents are still in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards:

  1. Berthold Wahjudi – “Mission Film: Possible” – HFF Munich (University of Television and Film), Germany 
  2. Timm Völkner – “Aura”–FABW (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg), Germany
  3. Merlin Camozzi – “Never Stop Searching” – UCLA (University of California, L.A.), USA 
  4. Josia Brezing – “DaVinci’s Greatest Work” – FABW (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg), Germany 
  5. Martin Pfister – “Sardina” – IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion), Belgium
  6. Benjamin Leichtenstern – “Made for Strength” – HFF Munich (University of Television and Film), Germany 
  7. Pascal Schelbli – “The Beauty” – FABW (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg), Animation Institute, Germany

The selection of the jury, which is made up of international advertising film experts, testifies once again to the exceptional standard of education provided not only at German film schools such as those in Munich and Ludwigsburg. Spots by film talents from the USA and Belgium are also among the nominated works. The shortlisted films deal with a broad spectrum of topics: the filmmakers issue an urgent warning about the plastic polluting our oceans, stage spectacular lifestyle images for Levi’s Jeans, promote alternative ways of powering vehicles, and advertise sex toys with great wit.

Almost all the nominated works are “spec spots”, i.e. practice films, rather than commissioned productions. As a result, the PORSCHE AWARD has a special and unique profile as an international advertising film prize in that it is firmly committed to supporting young talents, and pursues no commercial interests. 

The formal award ceremony takes place in the Curzon Soho Cinema in London on 21 November 2019. The jury will select a total of six winners – three in each category. The jury members are Patrick Cahill (Joint Head of Integrated Production, Havas, London), Bruce St. Clair (Director from Madrid, Rattling Stick, London), Thomas W. Kienast (DoP, Founder of Das Rund, Vienna), Lyndy Stout (Editor, 1.4, London), Veronika Jelsikova (Executive Producer at Stink Rising and Producer at Stink, Prague), Shai Hirschon (Creative Managing Director at GINGER x MassiveMusic, Berlin), Angélique Bosio (Executive Producer at Stink Rising, Paris) and Oliver Hoffmann (Head of Marketing Communication, Porsche AG, Stuttgart).

Patrick Cahill will also be our presenter for the award ceremony. He previously fulfilled this role in 2016.

The Porsche Award was first held in 2004, with the FABW hosting the completely non-profit competition from the very beginning. Since 2016, the Filmakademieand the NFTS have been working together on the direction of the competition – in close cooperation and coordination with Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. The Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer has been the event’s main sponsor from its inception. In this role, Porsche is providing the prizes for the winners, which include a cash prize and a trophy designed exclusively for the Porsche Award.  

The specialist online publications 1.4 and shots are back this year as our international media partners.

You can find more information at: www.porsche-award.com


Deadline for submissions
31 July 2019

Award ceremony
21 November 2019 

Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and the National Film and Television School / NFTS (cooperation partner)

Curzon Soho Cinema, London

Project lead
Olivia Marten: porsche-award@filmakademie.de

Project cooperation
Hemant Sharda: HSharda@nfts.co.uk
Victoria Giglio: tgiglio@nfts.co.uk

Press and PR / Germany 
Fenja Schnizer and Andreas Friedrich: presse@filmakademie.de

Press and PR / England
Mirinda Dawkins: MDawkins@nfts.co.uk

Maximum film lengths
Up to 60 seconds (Classical Category, Sub-Category 1: classical format and campaigns)
61–180 seconds (Classical Category, Sub-Category 2: classical format or other format) 
Up to 3 minutes (Mobility Category: classical format or other format)

Original language, English subtitles

Prize money Classical Category / Other Formats – Sub-Categories 1+2
1st: €3,911, 2nd: €2,911, 3rd: €1,911

Prize money Mobility Category
1st: €3,911, 2nd: €2,911, 3rd: €1,911

Main sponsor
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart

Press and PR: 
Nadescha Vornehm: nadescha.vornehm@porsche.de

Media partners
shots, international advertising film publication, London
1.4, online platform for international short film talents, London



Press Works & Public Relations

Fenja Schnizer
Press Officer
Tel:+49 7141 969 82187

Fenja Schnizer
Fenja Schnizer

Public Relations

Andreas Friedrich
Press Officer & Head of Alumni Relations
Tel:+49 7141 969 82188

Andreas Friedrich
Andreas Friedrich
Fenja Schnizer
Fenja Schnizer
Press Officer
Andreas Friedrich
Andreas Friedrich
Press Officer & Head of Alumni Relations