MIFF Awards 2022


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Bright Horizons Award 
Presented by VicScreen

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Blackmagic Design
Australian Innovation Award

As part of MIFF’s landmark 70th-anniversary festivities, 2022 rang in the inaugural MIFF Awards, which consisted of three prizes: the flagship A$140,000 Bright Horizons Award (presented by VicScreen), which celebrates filmmakers on the ascent; the Blackmagic Design Australian Innovation Award, recognising an outstanding Australian creative within a film playing in the MIFF program; and the Audience Award, a beloved festival favourite returning after a brief hiatus.

The MIFF Awards recipients were chosen by a distinguished jury of industry figures presided over by Jury President Shareena Clanton (Wentworth, Redfern Now), an acclaimed stage and screen actor and director. The other jury members were Emmy Award–winning filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth (Awavena, Tender), internationally acclaimed Australian cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (Animal Kingdom, True Detective), and Indonesian film director and screenwriter Mouly Surya (Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts). 

Film competition jury

Shareena Clanton (Jury President) is a Wongatha, Yamatji and Ballardong Noongar, Gitja yorga (woman) from Boorloo (Perth) in Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, who lives in the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples in Melbourne. Her father is African-American, Etowah Cherokee and Blackfoot. She is an acclaimed screen presence across stage, film and television, including WentworthRedfern Now, Ash vs Evil DeadFires and Joe vs Carol. She made her film debut in the 2015 feature Last Cab to Darwin and her directorial debut in 2019 with Ilbijerri Theatre Company, directing Richard Franklin’s Conversations With the Dead. Clanton has been nominated for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama at the AACTA Awards (2013), the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent at the Logie Awards (2014) and Best New Talent at the Astra Awards (2014). She will next be seen in The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart for Amazon Studios, alongside Sigourney Weaver.

Mouly Surya was born and raised in Indonesia, and studied at Swinburne University in Melbourne. She is best known for the critically acclaimed feminist western film Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, which world-premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Her films have been selected for prestigious film festivals all over the world, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Busan, among many others. She is currently working on her first English-language film for Netflix, starring Jessica Alba. 

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist/filmmaker who works primarily in immersive environments, including 360-degree film, virtual reality, interactive video and digital fulldome, as well as in feature documentary. Wallworth has received multiple awards (including two Emmys) for her work, which has been shown at numerous locations including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian, and the Venice, London and Sundance film festivals, among many others. Wallworth is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Augmented and Virtual Reality and the director of the Forum’s New Narratives Lab. She currently sits on the board of the Sundance Institute. 

Adam Arkapaw is one of Australia’s most respected cinematographers, known for his work across film and television on titles such as Animal KingdomTrue Detective, Top of the Lake, The Light Between Oceans and The King, among many others. Arkapaw studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, graduating in 2006. He is a recipient of numerous Australian and international awards for his craft, including two Creative Emmy Awards, the Spotlight Award from the American Society of Cinematographers and the AACTA’s Byron Kennedy Award in 2015. 

Bright Horizons Award

Neptune Frost

Directors: Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman
Producers: Anisia Uzeyman, Ezra Miller, Maria Judice & Saul Williams

Jury Statement:
Neptune Frost was like nothing we have ever seen before. By disrupting the colonial gaze and connecting the rising influence of technology in all our lives, this film penetrates deeply into your heart and soul to say that you are not too far disconnected from me. It felt at once absolutely specific and entirely global.

Other Nominees:
Aftersun (dir. Charlotte Wells)
The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future (dir. Francisca Alegría)
Domingo and the Mist (dir. Ariel Escalante Meza)
Leonor Will Never Die
(dir. Martika Ramirez Escobar)
 (dir. Fran Kranz)
Petrol (dir. Alena Lodkina)
Playground (dir. Laura Wandel)
Robe of Gems (dir. Natalia López Gallardo)
(dir. Lola Quivoron)
The Stranger (dir. Thomas M. Wright)

Blackmagic Design Australian Innovation Award

Jub Clerc – directing (Sweet As)

Jury Statement:
This film was more than just ‘sweet’. It crossed worlds and intersected certain realities – incredibly difficult to achieve, even for any accomplished filmmaker.

Other Nominees:
Del Kathryn Barton (Blaze) – directing
Johanna Scott (Fire Front) – editing
Platon Theodoris (The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour) – production design
David Easteal (The Plains) – directing
Bruce Gladwin, Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Sarah Mainwaring, Simon Laherty, Scott Price & Sonia Teuven (Shadow) – screenwriting

Audience Award

Greenhouse by Joost