In a collaboration between IWC Schaffhausen and Dubai International Film Festival, the IWC Filmmaker award will be given at DIFC for the third time. The award offers a cash prize of USD100,000 (Dhs367,330) to help talented filmmakers in the Middle East transfer their vision from script to screen.
This year's winning project will be selected from three shortlisted scripts which will be assessed by a judging panel of international film industry experts, including Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt. The British actress will be heading to Dubai to join the judging panel for the IWC award and can't wait to support the award with her movie expertise:"I am truly excited about visiting Dubai and it's a great honour for me to be a part of the IWC Filmmaker Award jury and support a valuable initiative that promotes the art of film in the Gulf. It will be fascinating to see the scripts and discover forthcoming films that will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of audiences in the region and internationally," said the British actress.
Last year's IWC Filmmaker Award was presented to the Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi for his work 'Dolphins', written by UAE author and poet Ahmed Salmeen.
INFO: Dubai International Film Festival, 10th-17th December, Madinat Jumeirah, 04 363 3456, www.dubaifilmfest.com, tickets available at box office locations at VOX Cinema in Mall of Emirates, Madinat Theatre Souk and Madinat Arena at Madinat Jumeirah