March 6, 2024

Transformational films win Deutsche Bank awards at Frieze Los Angeles 2024

Two young women from diverse backgrounds, Kaylen Ng and Britt Williams, won this year’s Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Awards, for their short films about transformational technology.

Realised in collaboration with non-profit Ghetto Film School and film and TV studio Fifth Season, the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award has been widely recognised within the industry as an incubator for next-generation talent. 


Announced last Friday at the iconic Frieze art fair in Los Angeles, the awards ceremony was held in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge at Frieze where Deutsche Bank President and Chief Financial Officer, James von Moltke, announced the Jury Award for Kaylen Ng. Her film ‘The Metamorphosis Project’ is the story of Eric who is given the opportunity to test a virtual-living experience after a harrowing diagnosis.


von Moltke said: “This is the fifth year we have sponsored these awards, and we’re proud that in that time, we have welcomed 38 filmmakers to participate in this program. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to support talented young artists as they learn, experiment, and develop their craft.” 


Deutsche Bank's Head of Art & Culture, Britta Färber, announced the Audience Award winner, Britt Williams, for her short called ‘Soft Launch.’ The film tells the story of a controversial tech CEO defending her latest software to a journalist ahead of its launch.


“I am very pleased that this truly timely work, talking about Face Recognition and its challenges in an elaborate way, has been selected by the audience for this award. I look forward to seeing what the winner goes on to do next. With over 2,000 public votes for this award globally, the reach of these films has been inspiring and is yet another example of our bank’s commitment to supporting emerging talent and diversity and equality,” Färber said.

The two award winners were among eight filmmaking Fellows who were selected to be part of the four-month programme which culminated with the awards at Frieze L.A. 


The Jury prize for the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award is 10,000 US dollars, while the Audience Award winner receives 2,500 US dollars for the most popular short film, voted by the online audience. 


Deutsche Bank's Head of Private Bank, Claudio de Sanctis said: “For the fifth year we are proud to support these film awards with Frieze, Ghetto Film School and FIFTH SEASON, and it is my privilege to be part of the jury voting for those films that make the greatest impact. Each year the films and filmmakers get stronger, showcasing Los Angeles’s thriving young talent.”


Deutsche Bank is the global lead partner of Frieze, with 2024 marking the 21st year of our partnership. In collaboration with Frieze, Deutsche Bank supports art in the community, including the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award in the United States, the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship in the United Kingdom, as well as digital platform Art:LIVE.


The bank has supported and collected the work of cutting-edge, international artists for more than 40 years and is a global leader in corporate art programs. The bank runs an “Artist of the Year” program, our own cultural center in Berlin, the PalaisPopulaire

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