Eyas Salman was born in Nazareth in 1980. Between 1999 and 2003, he studied at the Cinema and TV Department of the Faculty of Arts, Tel Aviv University. He spent the academic year 2005 / 2006 at Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg, Germany, as a guest student. He has been working as freelance director and editor since 2003. Films include THE EDGE OF HOPE (2006), BED AND BREAKFAST (2006), DISPLACED (2003), COFFEE BREAK (2002).

Gerd Schneider was born in 1974 in Olpe / NRW, Germany. He studied Catholic theology at Friedrich Wilhelm University, Bonn, and at the University of Vienna. Between 1998 and 2000 he began to train in theatre and film, taking courses at Schauspiel Bonn, Müller & Selig Filmproduction and Columbia Tri-Star. In 2000 he began to study Film & Media and Directing at Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg. THE EDGE OF HOPE was his graduation film from Baden- Württemberg. Other films include THE LORD’S OPERATOR (2002), DOOR TO DOOR (2002), AT THE END OF THE DAYS (2001), THE MUSE (2001), GABRlEL (2000).


Eyas Salman and Gerd Schneider were awarded the bursary in recognition of their documentary THE EDGE OF HOPE.


With the disengagement of the Jewish settlers on 17th April 2005 a new chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began. THE EDGE OF HOPE tells the story of Ramadan, a 35 year old Palestinian who lives in the refugee-camp he was born on. He is a cameraman for Al-Jazeera at the Ramallah office of the Arabian television network. Ramadan provides the commentary in a film that delivers seering insight into life under occupation. A life defined by hope for better times but no real conviction of delivery; the edge of hope.


Eyas Salman and Gerd Schneider on the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award:


When we were informed by Simon McBurney that we were to receive the Foundation’s award, we both were surprised and overwhelmed because we did not expect it. In fact, it was the first submission of our film The Edge of Hope, and so we were somewhat amazed at the direct success of that first attempt. It means a lot to us that the film has been selected and screened to an international audience; numerous films have been made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the years, and so it was quite a challenge to make this film and to give it a personal, self-contained form. We experienced a deep collaboration in the editing process, intensively discussing particular scenes and their meaning as the current events in the Middle East were unfolding. So far, it has not only been a cinematic collaboration but a deeply personal, cultural and political exchange as well..

It was a great and moving experience to be in Sarajevo; the festival team and the Foundation welcomed us very warmly. In fact, Sarajevo was the best place to show the film to an international audience for the first time. People’s remembrances of war and occupation are still present, and we experienced some very personal and haunting reactions toThe Edge of Hope. Maybe one of the finest comments was this one: “The people of Sarajevo understand the people of Palestine.” It is fulfilling when your film makes such an impact to other people.

We are glad that the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation has given us the opportunity to present the film in Sarajevo, as it is important for young filmmakers to be recognized. The Foundation’s award opens up chances to us we have never thought of. We appreciate that you allow us to start into film-business with the support of the Foundation and its contacts, and we want to use this opportunity.

It has been a pleasure to meet some of the Foundation’s Trustees and Patrons in Sarajevo and we are looking forward to seeing them again and to meeting the other members personally.

Thank you so much.

To contact Eyas Salman, click here.

To contact Gerd Schneider, click here.