The award was announced at a dinner to conclude the Netherlands Production Platform (NPP) which presented 22 projects in development, both Dutch scripts to the international film industry and viable non-Dutch projects to Dutch producers.
The jury for the prize consisted of Louis Machado, Netherlands manager for Kodak Cinema & Television, Marten Rabarts, artistic director of Binger Filmlab, Sonja Hienen, head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Frans Afman, chairman of the board of the Netherlands Film Festival.
The Boorsma brothers are both established music video and commercials directors and graduates of the script development and director coaching programmes of Binger Filmlab. They began developing Milo at Binger in 2006
Milo, which they wrote with Heather Imani, is the story of a boy who suffers from hypertrichosis, a rare disease causing excessive hair growth on his face and body. His parents submit him to regular shavings and waxings, but when he is kidnapped by two elderly robbers, he is forced to confront his appearance.
The jury also commended another project Without Limits being produced by Michael John Fedun and Ivo Noorlander and directed by Hanro Smitsman. It is the story of a motiveless murder within a group of schoolfriends.
NPP and the Benelux Screenings are part of the Holland Film Meeting, the international component of the Netherlands Film Festival (Sept 26-Oct 6) which opened with Jos Stelling's Duska, the country's submission for the foreign language Academy Award.