Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has been announced as one of the judges for Image Nation's annual amateur short film competition, Arab Film Studio.
The contest teaches all aspects of filmmaking from development to production and concludes in the production of a seven to 10 minute short film by participating students. The judges will have the final decision on seven awards, including Best Film, which includes a Dhs50,000 AED prize to fund the scriptwriting of the winner's feature length film.
The judging panel, made up of 24 film industry professionals, also includes writer Wesley Strick (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) and Image Nation partner Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park Entertainment.
The Knight Rider actor is excited about his involvement in the contest: "Arab Film Studio is great way for any budding filmmaker to get started in the industry. I'm so honoured to be a part of this year's judging panel and I can't wait to see what each contestant has come up with."
The short film competition which aims to promote new talent give aspiring filmmakers a chance at a real career was established in 2011.
The finalists of this year's Arab Film Studio competition includes short film entries from the UAE, Egypt, UK and the Netherlands.
The official award ceremony will be held in October, with further details to be announced.