The Wilding nominated for Teddy Award at Berlin Film Festival

08 February, 2012 by IF

Press release from Happening Films

Short film, 'The Wilding', nominated for a prestigious Teddy Award at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.


Written and directed by Grant Scicluna and produced by Jannine Barnes, 'The Wilding' tells the story of Malcolm, a juvenile inmate who is offered a chance at parole. Torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves, he makes a devastating decision with dramatic results.

'The Wilding' has been nominated for the world's most prestigious Queer film prize, the Teddy Award, which recognises the best feature, short and documentary films with LGBT topics. The films competing for this year's awards are drawn from all sections of the festival. 'The Wilding' will be making its world premiere at this year's festival where it will screen in Generation 14plus where it's also in competion for a coveted Crystal Bear.

Writer/director Grant Scicluna has had great success on the festival circuit with his short films 'Golden Girl', 'Fast Lane' and 'Neon Skin' which has screened in a number of high profile film festivals and was the winner of the NFSA's Orlando Award for Best Short FIlm at Queer Screen in 2011. His film 'Fugue' won the Panorama Award at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

'The Wilding' features raw, impassioned performances from Reef Ireland ('Blessed', 'Tangle', 'Bed of Roses', 'Rush'), Frank Sweet ('2:37', 'Killing Time', 'Rush', 'City Homicide'), Luke Mullins ('Neon Skin', 'War of the Roses', 'The Season at Sarsaparilla') and Shannon Glowacki in his screen debut.

'The Wilding' was developed and produced through Screen Australia's Springboard Initiative. Springboard is committed to galvanising the connection between short filmmaking and a feature film career. It provides an opportunity for filmmaking teams to create a short film that speaks directly to their feature film screenplay, providing a strong showcase into the marketplace. The creative team behind 'The Wilding' are currently in development with their feature film, 'Scratch the Surface'.