THE WHITE RABBIT is awarded the 53rd Grimme Prize 2017

THE WHITE RABBIT, a production by FFP New Media for SWR, is awarded the 2017 Grimme Prize. The Grimme jury itself nominated this genre film about sexually motivated crime, by Grimme-winning director Florian Schwarz (Tatort: Im Schmerz geboren) at the end of January in the Fiction category.


Prizes will be awarded on 31 March at the Performing Arts Theatre in Marl. Those honoured at the ceremony will be director Florian Schwarz, writers Michael Proehl and Holger Karsten, cameraman Philipp Sichler and leading actors Devid Striesow and Lena Urzendowsky.

The TV premiere of THE WHITE RABBIT was shown by the First German TV Channel as part of a theme evening, followed by a discussion on the subject of cyber grooming chaired by Sandra Maischberger. This premiere showing in September was popular with younger audiences, claiming a 10% market share: a total of 3.84 million people (12.6% of viewers) switched on for the production.


In summer 2016 THE WHITE RABBIT was awarded two festival prizes: the writers were presented with the Creative Energy Award at the 2016 Emden Norderney International Film Festival, and at the Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen the Media Cultural Prize was awarded to the SWR program executive responsible for the production, Claudia Gerlach-Benz.


In mid-September 2016 THE WHITE RABBIT was shown in competition at the Festival de la Fiction in the French city of La Rochelle. The film was also nominated for the Prix Europa at the Trimedial Festival in October, and the young leading actress Lena Urzendowsky was awarded the Saarländischen Rundfunks Prize in November as part of the Günter Rohrbach Film Prizes. In addition, THE WHITE RABBIT was shown in competition at the Baden-Baden Television Film Festival and has received three nominations for the 2017 German Television Prizes in the categories Best Film, Best Music for Florian van Volxem and Sven Rossenbach and Best Script for Holger Karsten Schmidt.

THE WHITE RABBIT has also been nominated for the 15th German Audio Film Prize, which will be awarded in Berlin in March 2017.