The Boghossian Foundation

Established in 1992, the Boghossian Foundation is committed to support many educational, urbanistic, artistic, and cultural projects in different countries. In Belgium, the Boghossian Foundation acquired, in 2006, the famous Villa Empain, gem of Brussels Art Deco architecture, in order to establish its head office and a center for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West.
After the complete restoration of this edifice classified as a Belgian monuments and sites heritage, Villa Empain opened its doors to the public on April 2010, offering a variety of cultural and artistic activities : exhibitions, concerts, conferences and international meetings, etc. the Boghossian Foundation can also host students, artists and scholars-in-residence in Villa Empain.
Since 2012, the Boghossian Foundation Prize has reflected the desire to promote and strengthen ties between the East and the West through art.

Boghossian Foundation prize in Lebanon in 2018

This year, the prizes cover the fields of painting, design and dance. The age limit for the artists and the creators is 40 years old.

The three laureates each receive $10.000 dollars and the opportunity to stay one month in the residence of the Villa Empain that also boasts a studio. The Foundation covers all travel and accommodation costs.

The jury

The Boghossian Foundation Prize is awarded by a jury formed by prominent individuals from the European and Libanese art world: Louma Salamé, Christian Bernard, Karina Helou, Michèle Malek, and Jean-Marc Bonfils.


The application file shall comprise:

A scanned copy of the ID card
A résumé (not exceeding two sheets)
For Painting and Design candidates: a portfolio containing a maximum of 30 pictures in jpg format, with a size ranging between 1000 and 2000 pixels in length. Pictures files should be saved as bearing the: Full name_Title_Year
For Dancing candidates: two or three show excerpts not exceeding 10 min each, uploaded via a Vimeo link, provided with a password


The Boghossian Foundation is please to announce the creation of two new awards :

    • The “Littérature Jeunesse” Prize
    • The “Coup de Cœur” Prize

The “Littérature Jeunesse” Prize

Among 100 books, a jury of experts will chose the winner.
This prize, in collaboration with Assabil reward the best fiction book directed towards children of 12 to 14 years old, published in Arabic in Lebanon, written and illustrated by Lebanese authors.

Assabil association will organize meetings between students from official schools and the laureates of the prize in Beirut’s municipal libraries. The Boghossian Foundation will buy many copies of the private books and it will be distributed to the students present.

The « Cinema : coup de cœur » Prize

The Boghossian Foundation in parternship with Fondation Liban Cinema have the pleasure of launching a new prize which will reward Lebanese cinema: The « Coup de cœur Fondation Boghossian – Fondation Liban Cinema – Distribution Assistance Prize » awarded to the distribution of a Lebanese film abroad or in Lebanon.

The prize will also include an artist residency at the Villa Empain – Brussels so that the director may develop his or her next film project.

The conditions for participation

The film must be Lebanese, have a Lebanese director and a Lebanese producer or co-producer
The film must be a full-length feature of more than 70 minutes, fiction or documentary
The film must be finished with a production date between 2017 and 2018 or in finishing, the final stage of the post-production
The prize must help the film to be released in cinemas in Lebanon or internationally
It could also aid the film to circulate the film in international festivals
The logo of the Boghossian Foundation, as well as the Fondation Liban Cinema, need to be in the winning film’s end credits
The Boghossian Foundation and the Fondation Liban Cinema will both keep a copy of the winning film for non-commercial usage

Required Documents
A complete financial plan
A letter of intent from the director explaining their interest for this prize
A letter of engagement or intent from a distributor or seller
A plan of action and a detailed budget of the $10,000
The film in a vimeo link

The documents, as well as a vimeo link of the film, must be handed in before the 20th of September 2018 via mail to the Boghossian foundation and the Fondation Liban Cinema:


Applications must be sent via Wetransfer to the following address :

Deadline for applications:
20 September 2018

Awards ceremony:
11 October 2018