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Announcing the Inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award Supporting Emerging Filmmakers

New York, NY
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New award offers support and platform to ten artists, whose works will be screened at Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Frieze and Deutsche Bank will present the inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award at the second edition of Frieze Los Angeles in February 2020, marking a seven-year partnership in the Americas and 16 worldwide. The winner will be selected from a shortlisted fellowship of ten aspiring filmmakers, who will all show their work at the fair. Deutsche Bank is the global lead partner of Frieze Los Angeles, which takes place February 14–16, with an invitation-only Preview Day on February 13.

Realized in partnership with award-winning, non-profit film academy Ghetto Film School (GFS), the Award launches in summer 2019, offering a unique platform and development program to a fellowship of ten aspiring and emerging filmmakers, culminating at Frieze Los Angeles 2020.

Selected from an open call throughout Los Angeles, the ten fellows will undergo an intensive four-month program at GFS to produce individual short films, reflecting the influence of the city’s art, culture and social landscape on their filmmaking. 

As well as a showcase for their makers’ skills and passions, the resulting ten films will also together make up a multifaceted, collective portrait of Los Angeles in all its dynamism and complexity: a city ‘infinitely envisioned’, in the words of writer Mike Davis (City of Quartz, 1990). 

All ten films will be screened during Frieze Los Angeles 2020 at Paramount Pictures Studios in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge and during a special event at the Paramount Theater. A jury, including leading figures in contemporary art and entertainment, will select the winner of the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award, who receives $10,000. 

Celebrating the creativity of Los Angeles, as well as the fertile exchange between contemporary art, filmmaking and the entertainment industry, the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award underscores Frieze and Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the unique culture of Los Angeles and to recognizing significant artistic achievement around the world.  

Victoria Siddall, Director, Frieze Fairs, said: “I’m thrilled that the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award will support the community of emerging filmmakers in Los Angeles. Frieze has a long history of supporting artists through awards, commissions and subsidised platforms at our fairs; we are proud to be part of this new initiative with GFS and grateful to Deutsche Bank for enabling it.”

Bettina Korek, Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles, said: “The history of Los Angeles is built on the confluence of disparate visions for the city and its future, something that made the energy and community support at the first Frieze Los Angeles so palpable. To be able to support these emerging local filmmakers in depicting our city’s current world, and showing how the medium of film has grown alongside it, is a privilege to us and our partners at the Paramount Theater and GFS. I can’t wait to meet the fellows and to see how they envision Los Angeles.”

Thorsten Strauss, Global Head of Art, Culture and Sports, Deutsche Bank, said: “We are delighted to be working with Frieze and the Ghetto Film School on this exciting new Film Award in Los Angeles. At Deutsche Bank, for over four decades, as well as building our collection we have focused on encouraging new and noteworthy talents in art, culture and sports around the globe. It’s therefore a natural step in our partnership with Frieze to develop this joint project and support emerging L.A. storytellers.”

Fabrizio Campelli, Global Head of Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, said: “Our support for Frieze Los Angeles underlines our strong commitment to the West Coast as an increasingly important center for art, for business and for our clients. We see so much potential in this region and will continue to invest in helping our clients and partners here to thrive. We’re proud to be a part of this new joint initiative between Deutsche Bank and Frieze to develop and celebrate the next generation of great American filmmakers.”

Stosh Mintek, Chief Executive Officer of Ghetto Film School, said: “Ghetto Film School’s partnership with Frieze and Deutsche Bank provides meaningful support in our mission to foster and solidify a creative career path for young storytellers. The program gives individuals the opportunity to utilize their talents and highlight their dedication to their craft. We are truly excited to work with local L.A. filmmakers and continue developing our fellowship program with the announcement of the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award.”

The ten selected fellows for the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award will be announced during Frieze London, October 3–6, 2019.

Further Information

Please visit the following link to apply: 

https://www.ghettofilm.org/deutsche-bank-frieze-la-film-award

You must be a GFS Roster member to apply. Not a member? Join for free at: https://www.ghettofilm.org/sign-up-here 

Creative duos and partnerships are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18-34 years old and reside in the greater Los Angeles area.

Applicants must submit:

Resume or writer/director CV

Sample(s) of director and/or cinematography work (VIMEO links)

300-word artist statement answering: What’s your artist story?  What does art mean to you in your practice? How has art given you insight to who you are as a creator? As you write your artist statement, explain how the people, culture and creative expression found in Los Angeles has shaped your voice and artistic lens.

Ten Fellows will be chosen based on initial applications. In the second phase, selected Fellows will be required to create a two-minute film based on a creative prompt. For news, further information, please go to: frieze.com.

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