Press release 18 December, 2014: Ror Wolf receives “Günter Eich Prize” 2015

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18.12.2014


Press release 13 November, 2014: “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2015

Nomination period ends on 28 February, 2015

Leipzig, 13 November, 2014. Since 2001, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awards the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” to individuals and institutions that are committed to freedom of press. The award ceremony regularly takes place on 8 October – on the eve of the day in 1989 when tens of thousands of Leipzig’s citizens protested for freedom of speech. On 8 October 2015, the Media Foundation wants to award its prize for the fifteenth time. The prize is endowed with 30,000 Euros.

Every natural or legal entity is allowed to nominate suitable candidates. We cordially invite you to nominate your candidates for the prize:

Nomination period for the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2015 ends on 28 February, 2015.

Subsequently, an expert will consider the quality of the proposals. Based on this expert assessment, a high-level expert jury elects the laureates in summer 2015.

Please consider the following criteria for your nominations:

  • The prize is awarded to journalists, media professionals, publishers and also media institutions who are committed to protection and development of freedom of press by taking personal risks and with a strong democratic conviction.
  • The committment of the candidates for the freedom of press outweighs their personal reputation.
  • The laureate’s performance demands journalistic quality and must refer to a relevant or notable issue of general interest.
  • The prize is international: candidates and laureates are not subject of any territorial restrictions.
  • Your candidate must clearly be identified by filing first- and surname or the name of the institution. Please include a short informal reasoning, a biography, publications and selected press articles illustrating the committment of your candidate for freedom of press to your nomination.

Please hand in your nominations until 28 February, 2015

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig
“Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”
Menckestraße 27
D-04155 Leipzig
E-Mail: info@leipziger-medienstiftung.de
Fax: +49(0)341 – 562 96 63

We look forward to your nominations by 28 February, 2015.

13.11.2014


Press release 1 November, 2014: A raw movie full of energy, humor and anger

DOK Leipzig 2014: Hamza Ouni receives Leipzig Media Foundation’s “Talent Dove”

Leipzig, 1 November, 2014. The international jury for young cinema at the 57th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film chose to honor Hamza Ouni (Tunisia/United Arab Emirates) and his film “El Gort” with the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation’s “Talent Dove” in 2014. The Media Foundation endows the “Talent Dove” with 10,000 Euros in start-up funding for the winner’s next film project.

Stephan Seeger, Media Foundation’s Managing Director and Head of Sparkasse Leipzig Foundations, congratulates Hamza Ouni on behalf of the Media Foundation: “His film ‘El Gort’ is an impressive long-term documentation of Tunisia before and after the revolution against President Ben Ali. In a story of two young men, Hamza Ouni shows us a country and the lives of its citizens in a reawakening democracy.”

57. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm

Hamza Ouni (middle) with the “Talent Dove” 2014
Photo: DOK Leipzig 2014

The jury praised the film, calling it “a raw movie full of energy, humor and anger that reveals a unique and complex picture of Tunisia today.” Stephan Seeger believes the award and its endowment, sponsored by the Media Foundation since 2004, has once again achieved its goal with the selection of this year’s “Talent Dove” laureate: “The focus on young documentary filmmakers reveals perspectives that we don’t see as often in our European context – for example, this insight into the Arab world.” He spoke highly of the jurors and the keen eye for extraordinary cinema they have demonstrated time and again when awarding the prize in past years. It’s no wonder that last year’s “Talent Dove” laureate, filmmaker Kaveh Bakhtiari for his film “L’Escale”, was nominated for the European Film Award just two days after his victory in Leipzig. The laureate in 2008, Ilian Metev, even went on to win the “France 4 Visionary Award” in Cannes.

About the film:

“El Gort” portrays the lives of two young men in the Tunisian city of El M’hamdia. Day after day, they work loading heavy hay bales onto trucks. Hamza Ouni, born 1975 in Tunisia, visits them over several years – before and after the Tunisian revolution – and asks his home country how the profound political changes have changed the lives of his protagonists.

www.dok-leipzig.de

01.11.2014


(German) Dem digitalen Medienwandel mit Qualitätsoffensive begegnen

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24.10.2014


“Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2014 – Impressions

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Speaker Dr. Thomas Bellut (General Director of Second German Television), Dr. Harald Langenfeld (Chairman of the Board of Sparkasse Leipzig and Media Foundation), Stephan Seeger (Director Foundations of Sparkasse Leipzig), laureate Farida Nekzad, laureate Aram Radomski, laureate Roland Jahn, laureate Siegbert Schefke and Burkhard Jung (Lord Mayor of Leipzig and Chairman of the Foundation Council) (from left to right). Laureate Christoph Wonneberger was not able to participate in the award ceremony.
Photo: Media Foundation/Olivier Colin

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Dr. Harald Langenfeld welcomes the guests of the award ceremony
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Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung
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“Leipzig Speech to the Freedom of Media and Press” 2014: speaker Dr. Thomas Bellut
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Burkhard Jung, Farida Nekzad and Dr. Harald Langenfeld (from left to right)
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Siegbert Schefke, Aram Radomsik and Roland Jahn (from left to right)
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Aram Radomski, Farida Nekzad, Roland Jahn and Siegbert Schefke (from left to right)
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Group photo at “Media Campus Villa Ida”
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10.10.2014


Foundation

Whoever wants to support and sponsor the development of a free media has to consider more than the mere economic and employment-oriented aspects. A media centre becomes especially important and attractive when it represents a climate where the media’s great responsibility towards society is recognized as a duty as well as a challenge.

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig public savings bank wants to contribute to this climate. One of its key commitments is the fostering of training and further education possibilities for young people in the media field. This involves scholarships (e.g. through the Leipzig Media Award), targeted project support, and the organization of civic education events, such as for the commemoration of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 in Leipzig.

The Foundation projects are financed by the Foundation itself as well as third party contributions and donations.

Every year, the Foundation awards its “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”. In addition, the Foundation awards the “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”, the “Günter Eich Prize” and the “Talent Dove”.

Nikolaisäule (Andreas Lamm)

Sculpture “Nikolaisäule” (“St. Nicholas Column”) as symbol of the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” (Photo: Andreas Lamm)

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Teaching and Research

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig is particularly committed to education and training in the media sector. Therefore, the Foundation cooperates closely with local universities and other educational institutions and founded institutes, launched initiatives and projects and created the necessary infrastructure for media-related activities. The respective core institutions are:

  • the “Leipzig School of Media” (LSoM) with its part-time academic master degree programs and seminar programs,
  • the “European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research” (EIJC) with scholarships granted throughout of Europe,
  • special events for the genres of radio feature and radio play

Discover these areas by visiting the related web pages and learn more about the funding spectrum of the Media Foundation.

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Press release 13 November, 2014: “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2015

Nomination period ends on 28 February, 2015

Leipzig, 13 November, 2014. Since 2001, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awards the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” to individuals and institutions that are committed to freedom of press. The award ceremony regularly takes place on 8 October – on the eve of the day in 1989 when tens of thousands of Leipzig’s citizens protested for freedom of speech. On 8 October 2015, the Media Foundation wants to award its prize for the fifteenth time. The prize is endowed with 30,000 Euros.

Every natural or legal entity is allowed to nominate suitable candidates. We cordially invite you to nominate your candidates for the prize:

Nomination period for the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2015 ends on 28 February, 2015.

Subsequently, an expert will consider the quality of the proposals. Based on this expert assessment, a high-level expert jury elects the laureates in summer 2015.

Please consider the following criteria for your nominations:

  • The prize is awarded to journalists, media professionals, publishers and also media institutions who are committed to protection and development of freedom of press by taking personal risks and with a strong democratic conviction.
  • The committment of the candidates for the freedom of press outweighs their personal reputation.
  • The laureate’s performance demands journalistic quality and must refer to a relevant or notable issue of general interest.
  • The prize is international: candidates and laureates are not subject of any territorial restrictions.
  • Your candidate must clearly be identified by filing first- and surname or the name of the institution. Please include a short informal reasoning, a biography, publications and selected press articles illustrating the committment of your candidate for freedom of press to your nomination.

Please hand in your nominations until 28 February, 2015

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig
“Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”
Menckestraße 27
D-04155 Leipzig
E-Mail: info@leipziger-medienstiftung.de
Fax: +49(0)341 – 562 96 63

We look forward to your nominations by 28 February, 2015.

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Leipzig Media Award

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig is committed to the memory of the Peaceful Revolution that took place in East Germany in 1989. Freedom of speech and unrestricted gathering of information through a free and independent press were key demands of the civil rights activists and demonstrators during the Leipzig Monday demonstrations at that time.

Through the annual awarding of the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig supports the freedom of press and with it the memento of the events of 1989.

The defense of the freedom of press is more important than ever. Even in free societies it is endangered: the patterns of suppression of information are becoming more subtle. The “Leipzig Media Congress”, which was organized by the Media Foundation in October 2010 and which formed the thematic framework of the award ceremony 2010, was dedicated to this issue.

By awarding further prizes – such as the “Talent Dove” for the best documentary of a talented newcomer at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, the “Günther Eich Prize” and the “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”, the Foundation promotes culturally and qualitatively sophisticated work in text, sound and film.

All awards of the Media Foundation are summarised under the generic term “Leipzig Media Award”.

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Media Campus

The “Media Campus” in the Leipzig district of Gohlis was erected by the Media Foundation. Together with the historic Villa Ida building where the actual seat of the Foundation is located it forms an interesting ensemble and thus literally combines old and new.

“Media Campus Villa Ida” is home of the “Leipzig School of Media” (LSoM), a subsidiary of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. In cooperation with local universities, the LSoM offers part-time master courses for media professionals. www.leipzigschoolofmedia.de

The building includes a large hall for events with a capacity of up to 280 seats, which can be divided by a movable partition wall. This room can also be used as a lecture hall. On the first floor you find two seminar rooms with 25 seats each, a training room for video editing with ten seats and an audio recording studio. On the top floor there is a PC room with 23 seats and offices for lecturers. In addition, the building accommodates a small public bistro, which also supplies the Media Campus and four apartments for scholars/guest lecturers.

Hotel Michaelis Leipzig runs our “Restaurant Campus” and is the exclusive partner for the catering of every event at “Media Campus”.

Media Campus Villa Ida
Hotel Michaelis

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Contact

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig

Menckestraße 27
D-04155 Leipzig
Germany

Phone: +49 341 – 5629 661
Fax: +49 341 – 5629 663
info(at)leipziger-medienstiftung.de

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