Cate Blanchett Heads Dubai International Film Festival Jury
Superstar actress Cate Blanchett is to play a leading role at Dubai International Film Festival. The Australian beauty will head the IWC Filmmakers Award jury for the second time when DIFF kicks off next month.
Cate, 44, will be jetting into the Emirate to pick the winner of the catergory and award them a cash prize of $100,000 so that they can bring their script to life.
The shortlisted projects are: Faiza Ambah’s A Reverence for Spiders, Hussain Alriffaei’s Siege written by Bahrainiauthor Ameen Saleh, Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins written by UAE author Ahmed Salmeen, and Zeyad Alhusaini’s How I Got There.
The four projects in development will be assessed by a jury of international film industry experts, headed by Academy Award winner Cate, who will consider the scripts and the overall potential of the projects.
Speaking of the link between storytelling and IWC, Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, said: "Storytelling is timeless, and stories are our most valuable legacy. With the IWC Filmmaker Award, we recognise storytellers and prize the most exciting voices in Gulf cinema, which is still an untapped resource for rich and unique stories."
Maysoon Pachachi, who won the IWC Filmmaker Award 2012 for Nothing Doing in Baghdad, last year received the prize from IWC Friend of the Brand and head of the jury, Blanchett, during the Filmmakers Dinner.