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Dubai Film Market IWC Filmmaker Award
How to Apply Rules & Regulations
How to Apply
The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award accepts fiction film projects in development that have not yet begun production/principal photography. If your film has already been shot and is in post-production, please refer to Enjaaz.

Submissions Open: 1st May, 2017
Submissions Close: 1st August, 2017

General Eligibility


The Team


  • All applications must have a director and a producer attached. The director and producer of the project cannot be the same person.
  • Directors must be a national of a country that is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates)
  • The producer can be of any nationality.
  • Directors must have previous directing experience – short films, features, TV dramas, TV commercials etc.
  • Producers should have a track record in production.

The Film Project


  • The film project must be a feature-length (exceeds 75 minutes) fiction film intended for theatrical distribution.
  • The film project must be in an advanced stage of development.

Material to be submitted


Please submit EACH item or document as a separate file. DO NOT combine the various elements.

Each document should be clearly labelled in the following format: Document type – Project title e.g. Synopsis – As Time Goes By

Please ensure that all the materials uploaded do not EXCEED 9MB in total for each submission.

  • ALL submission materials must be provided in English.
  • The SCRIPT only can be in either Arabic or English
  • A completed application form, which is available on the website
  • Synopsis of 1- 2 pages
  • Full treatment (8-10 pages)
  • Full script
  • Director’s motivation/visual concept
  • Director’s biography
  • Producer’s biography
  • Company profile(s)
  • Budget outline
  • Finance plan
  • Director’s previous work. Examples of the director’s previous work can be uploaded directly to the online submission form. All filmed works must be available with English subtitles.
  • Scripts ONLY will be accepted in Arabic and English. All other requested written materials must be submitted in English. All filmed works must be available with English subtitles.

Please Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.




Submissions Process


Please read the Rules and Regulations section so that you can proceed to the submission form.
Fill out the on-line application form, attach requested documents and upload examples of the director’s previous works..
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