BERLIN — Regional film subsidy org Filmstiftung NRW and the city of Cologne are honoring Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne at the Cologne Conference film and TV festival, which kicked off Wednesday.
The Filmstiftung will present the E25,000 ($35,000) prize, known as the Cologne Film Award and given to “unique filmmakers who have contributed to the further development of the language of film and media,” at a special ceremony on Friday.
Four other special awards with endowments of nearly $14,000 each will be handed out at the event, including the TV Movie Award, which goes to writer Abi Morgan and director Hettie MacDonald for the BBC production “White Girl,” which is screening as part of the Cologne Conference’s Top Ten section.
Other award recipients at this year’s fest include Christian Becker, head of Munich-based production shingle Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Charly van Endert’s Internet production “Sex and Zaziki” and casting director Franziska Aigner-Kuhn.
Other high-profile Top Ten screeners this year include Fox’s “The Fringe,” Alex Gibney’s documentary “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” Doug Pray’s “Surfwise,” about surf guru Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, and A&E Television Network’s TV remake of Michael Crichton’s medical thriller “The Andromeda Strain.”
The Cologne Conference runs through Oct. 13.