Academy Award Winner Cate Blanchett heads the jury for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award at DIFF

Tue Nov 06,2012

IWC Schaffhausen and DIFF announce the shortlisted filmmakers who will vie for the US$ 100’000

Dubai, November 6th, 2012 – IWC Schaffhausen, luxury Swiss watch manufacturer and Dubai International Film Festival today announced that Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will join the jury to select the winner for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award in December during the Dubai International Film Festival.

The four shortlisted projects are Nothing Doing in Baghdad by Maysoon Pachachi, The Sleeping Tree by Mohammed Rashed Buali, Girls in the Know by Abdullah Al Kaabi and From A to B by Ali F. Mostafa. These feature-length fiction film projects were selected from hundreds of established and upcoming directors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award was launched earlier this year with a cash cash prize of US$ 100,000 offering the financial means to help the winning filmmaker transfer their vision to the screen.

Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, said: “For many years now we have had a passion for the cinema. Every director tells a story with his films. At IWC Schaffhausen story telling is the basis – or to be more precise – part of the DNA of everything we do. Our experiences with the region’s leading film festivals in the last few years convinced us that the talent and stories from the Gulf deserves an international stage. We believe in the proliferation of new voices, and we are delighted to contribute to the Arab storytelling by this Filmmaker Award.” 

Joining Cate Blanchett on the jury is Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of DIFF and Olivier Père, General Director of Paris-based Arte France Cinema.

The winner will be announced during the 9th edition of DIFF at a star-studded exclusive gala event at The One and Only, Royal Mirage.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF said: “We have been overwhelmed with the quality of submissions from a dynamic group of filmmakers who have recognised this incredible opportunity made possible by IWC to help achieve them achieve the ultimate - bringing their script to screen.  The GCC continues to be a region rich with filmmaking potential, and the talented filmmakers we have selected this year embody it. On behalf of the Gulf’s filmmaking community, we are very grateful to IWC for their support and we look forward to continuing The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award for years to come.”

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