A word from our partners
Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH is an official partner for the 8th time of La Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes (taking place from 17th to 25th of May 2023), one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Ernst Leitz Wetzlar together with Leica Camera AG are the official sponsors of the Leitz Cine Discovery Prize, which will be awarded to the best short film chosen by the jury of La Semaine de la Critique on the 25th of May and is endowed with a prize in the amount of 4,000 Euros. With this prize, the two companies recognise innovative new talents in the world of short films.
Ernst Leitz Wetzlar and Leica Camera work in close cooperation on this prize, and both have their headquarters in the Leitz Park in the Hessian city of Wetzlar in Germany.
In the past the award was given to:
- For the first time in 2016 under the name Leica Cine Discovery Prize to PRENJAK by Wregas Bhanuteja
- In 2017 it went to LOS DESHEREDADOS by Laura Ferrés
- In 2018 HECTOR MALOT, THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR by Jacqueline Lentzou received the Leica Cine Discovery Award
- In 2019, for the first time under the new name Leitz Cine Discovery Prize, the award went to Qiu Yang for his work on SHE RUNS
- In 2021, the prize was given to Zou Jing for DUO LI (LILI ALONE)
- Last year the film ICE MERCHANTS from Joao Gonzalez took home the prize
Together we look forward to supporting lots of new filmmakers and their projects at this year’s edition of La Semaine de la Critique!
Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH is based in Germany and is one of the world’s leading premium cine lens manufacturers. The company distributes their lenses under the brand name 'Leitz'. Through the development and production of high-quality, complex optical elements, the company has become an industry leader in premium cinematographic optics within the last decade. Leitz lenses are used in a large number of award-winning films and blockbusters, series, and commercials worldwide. These achievements along with the 'Science and Engineering Award' from the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' are both a validation and a challenge to the people at Leitz who continue the development of future high-end film camera lenses with the very same traditional technical precision, exceptional quality awareness, and a deep passion for moving images to inspire filmmakers and enable them to realize their unique visions.
Leica Camera – A Partner for Photography
Leica Camera AG is an international, premium manufacturer of cameras and sports optics. The legendary reputation of the Leica brand is based on a long tradition of excellent quality, German craftsmanship and German industrial design, combined with innovative technologies. An integral part of the brand's culture is the diversity of activities the company undertakes for the advancement of photography. In addition to the Leica Galleries and Leica Akademies spread around the world, there are the Leica Hall of Fame Award and, in particular, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA), which is considered one of the most innovative sponsorship awards existing today. Furthermore, Leica Camera AG, with its headquarters in Wetzlar, Hessen, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, has a worldwide network of its own national organisations and Leica Retail Stores.