With the MIOB New Vision Award the film festival network wants to highlight European art house films with an outstanding cinematic approach and artistic handwriting, which deserves wider international recognition.
Furthermore, MIOB wants to support promising directors, a new generation of filmmakers in Europe and therefore only first/second films are eligible.
The award, worth 3,000 euros, was presented to Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, the director of Beautiful Beings (2022) at the Crossing Europe Awards Ceremony on the 30th of April 2023. Icelandic director was acknowledged for magical realism in contemplating boyhood violence, prominently avoiding the cliches of social drama.
This official announcement of the MIOB New Vision Award winning film marks the start of a “festival tour” of the film in 2023/2024, which will be shown at all seven festivals and intensively promoted on all channels.
The previous winners of MIOB New Vision Award were Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, the director of Croatian debut feature Murina in 2022 for “expressing a subtle but strong attitude about misogyny and personal choices” and the Hungarian director Lili Horvát for her second feature Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time in 2021.