Preisträger WIFI 2022

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Udo Philipp, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, opened the award ceremony for the 55th German Business Film Awards today in the Tipi at the Federal Chancellery. In addition to certificates for the prize-winning films, a total of €40,000 in prize money was distributed.

State Secretary Philipp said: “The 55th German Business Film Awards have been seen by many film-makers as an opportunity to display their outstanding work in a competition that has honoured and motivated the film industry for many years. Explaining exciting business issues to a broad audience in an easy-to-understand and interesting way is more important than ever today. The tough choices that the jury had to make showed just how great the creative potential is in the German film industry. Congratulations to the prize-winners in the various categories: you have really done some outstanding work!”

The German Business Film Awards are some of the longest-standing German prizes for films. They have been awarded since 1968 to films that approach economic issues in an interesting and accessible way. Since 2008, the German Business Film Awards have been part of the Cultural and Creative Industries Initiative of the Federal Government.

The 2022 German Business Film Awards went to the following films:

In the “Business well explained” category the jury awarded first prize to a documentary by rbb: “Wirecard – die Milliardenlüge” (Wirecard – the billion-dollar lie) covered the rise of Wirecard as a success “Made in Germany” and the accusations of fraud that had been dogging the company for a long time. Shedding light on to the greatest German financial scandal of recent times, the film explains impressively how Wirecard managed to maintain its image as a clean and innovative fintech during more than two decades.

The winner in the “Business well presented” category was the image film “Going Forward” about Georg Fischer AG, a company focused on innovation and sustainability along with teamwork. The film shows that the initials “GF” stand both for Georg Fischer and for Going Forward, because this company is always about the next steps forward.

In the “Young Film-makers” category, the €20,000 prize went to “Heimspiel” (Home Game). The film delves into the microcosm of village life and focuses in a highly impressive way on the structural change caused by the Garzweiler II open-cast mine for the local population. The perspectives of the film shift between a yearning for the familiar and curiosity about change.

The 2nd and 3rd placed films also received prize money.

The jury decided to award a Special Jury Prize in this category to the innovative and interactive short film entitled “Lea & Chris”. This short film for young people was produced on behalf of the police crime prevention agencies of the Länder and the Federation to illustrate conspiracy myths and the dangerous way they lead people into anti-Semitic thinking.

The full list of prize-winners can be found at: