The Friedrich Baur Prize will be awarded within the framework of the Hof International Film Festival to a filmmaker for a debut feature film as the “Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation Awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Memory of Heinz Badewitz”. Candidates are directors of debut films produced in Germany which have been officially selected for participation at the respective annual Hof International Film Festival.
The Friedrich Baur Foundation had already supported the Heinz Badewitz Award in the past two years and is now concentrating the prize money as of the 52nd Hof International Film Festival (23-28 October 2018) with the Hof Gold Prize.
The award consists of a certified bar of gold weighing in at one kilogram of pure gold (current market value approximately 35,000 euros) packaged in an elegant box. A certificate will also be issued with the justification of the selection of the award winner as well as the previous statue of the Heinz Badewitz Award.
The Film and Media Arts Department of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts will annually select a mentor who will choose the respective award winner. Additionally, the mentor will advise the award winner for the duration of one year in the development of a new film. For 2018, the director Edgar Reitz (whose films include HEIMAT, HOME FROM HOME – CHRONICLE OF A VISION, among others) has taken on mentoring responsibilities.
The “Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation Awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Memory of Heinz Badewitz” offers filmmakers and producers additional motivation and a financial basis for the development and creation of new film projects. Directors whose debut feature films have been produced in Germany are eligible for participation. Films may be submitted until 3 September 2018 via the » entry form.
“The Hof Badewitz Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Stiftung, which will be awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, combines two things: it offers the award winners a financial cushion enabling them to work independently, and through the mentoring principle, also opens doors to the market. This combination is a sustainable concept and is truly unique.” Thorsten Schaumann, Artistic Director of the Hof International Film Festival
The prize will be awarded at the end of the festival on Saturday, 27 October 2018 during a special event.
Title photo – from left to right: Thorsten Schaumann, Edgar Reitz, Gold Prize mentor 2018, Dr. Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Baur Foundation, Bernhard Sinkel, Head of the Department of Film and Media Arts at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. Photo: Hof International Film Festival / Benjamin Klob
It happened again on Thursday, 19 April 2018: another HoF Festival Rendezvous, this time with BERLIN EXCELSIOR. In the Central cinema, the documentary film was screened in the presence of the director Erik Lemke and cameraman André Krummel. And there were lively discussions after the screening, both in the cinema and in the Galeriehaus.
„We had really fascinating discussions until late in the night – audiences in Hof are extremely interested. And the impact the festival has on their cinematic curiosity is very evident.“ Erik Lemke
„I always enjoy coming to Hof and certainly look forward to returning in the future.“ André Krummel
Once again, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Gisela Strunz and the Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation as well as to Stefan Schmalfuß from the Central cinema.
Title photo: From left to right – Andreas Walter, Thorsten Schaumann, Erik Lemke (director), André Krummel (cameraman), Stefan Schmalfuß (Central cinema), Christine Walther, Dr. Gisela Strunz (Hermann and Bertl Müller Foundation) – Photo: Andreas Rau
The VR-Bank Bayreuth-Hof has collected donations via its crowdfunding platform for numerous projects, but the proceeds which came together for the Galeriehaus were the highest ever. Bernd Schnabel, board member of the VR-Bank, handed over a check for €54,690 to Christine Walther, Andreas Walter and Thorsten Schaumann of the Cine Center Hof e.V. team.
„We are very pleased that this campaign has made it possible for the tradition of the Galeriehaus in Hof to continue.“ Bernd Schnabel
The campaign had a “fantastic run,” said Andreas Walter and thanked the almost 250 donors. Thorsten Schaumann, artistic director of the Hof International Film Festival, expressed his “incredible respect” to everyone who participated. The next step is to finalize the sales contract with the current owner of the Galeriehaus, Dr. Karl Gerhard Schmidt. In order to maintain the Galeriehaus as a cultural venue, the Cine Center Hof e.V. is planning extensive renovations after the purchase of the building.
Photo (Annie Sziegoleit): Thorsten Schaumann, Andreas Walter and Christine Walther (Cine Center Hof e.V.) with Bernd Schnabel and Liska Kemnitzer (VR-Bank).
After the world premiere at the 51st Hof International Film Festival the film had its theatrical release on 22 February 2018. Since then TASTE OF LIFE and team have been on cinema tour. Check out where and when: » www.geschmackvonleben.com
TASTE OF LIFE
Director: Roland Reber
Feature film | D | 2017
85 min | Stereo
What does life taste like? For the happy-go-lucky Nikki, the answer is clear: like sperm. And with great pleasure, she savors it every chance she gets. She operates a video blog and drives all around in search of people and their stories.
If you have a LUST for the WALD – sorry this is our best proposal for the translation – on Sunday 4 March 2018 at 20.15h turn on “das Erste” channel. However, the “Axel Ranisch Show” before WALDLUST cannot be repeated as it happened exclusive and live only before the world premiere at the last Hof International Film Festival.