TeleScope is MIFF’s curated program of 12 new films from 12 EU countries, all without distribution in Australia. This celebration of European filmmaking, run in conjunction with Festival Scope – the online platform for film professionals to view new works screening at festivals – began in 2011.
All TeleScope films are eligible for the TeleScope (Best Talent from the EU) Award. The winning film will be decided each year by a jury comprising members of the Film Critics Circle of Australia, and will be announced on Closing Night.
This award and program stream could not be possible without the financial support of MEDIA Mundus.
The Film Critics Circle of Australia member and TeleScope Juror Russell Edwards announced the TeleScope Award winner: Northwest. The jury called the film "a gritty and often strangely beautiful film about belonging and not belonging in today's multicultural cities. This is a film that embraces politics and people – however unlovable."
The jury, along with MIFF, congratulate Danish director Michael Noer, his cast and crew.
As well as location, dislocation and relocation, frozen and melted emotions are in the sights of our impressive runner up: a wonderfully controlled film about asylum seekers and those who do (and don't) care for them: THE NEW WORLD directed by Netherlands director Jaap van Heusden. A film we recommend our politicians see to learn more about the need for compassion for the world's 'precariat'.
The judges highly recommend NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN by German director, Katrinn Gebbe. A little rough round the edges for some tastes, but a powerful debut by a filmmaker who successfully shocks with a film about the personal implications of dislocation in Europe today.
MIFF congratulates English filmmaker Ben Rivers (MIFF guest, 2008) and his film Two Years at Sea for winning the TeleScope Award for the Best New Talent from the EU.
Twelve films from twelve different countries competed for this prize, which was judged by three members of the Film Critics Circle of Australia: Mike Walsh, Dan Edwards and Bernadette Burke.
About the film, the Jury stated: "We have given the award to Two Years at Sea for its bold exploration of ways of going against the grain both in life and in cinema."
At MIFF's Closing Night David Stratton took the stage to announce the inaugural winner of the TeleScope Award for Best New Talent from the EU, presented by Festival Scope, with the 12 films from the TeleScope program section competing for the prize.
The award was judged by six Film Critics Circle of Australia jury members.