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IWC Filmmaker Award
In a further boost to the Gulf’s film industry, filmmakers from the region will have the opportunity to vie for an exciting award from luxury Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. Now, in its sixth year, the IWC Filmmaker Award is a USD 100,000 cash prize that is presented to a feature-length fiction film project in development by directors from the Gulf countries.
Each year, three filmmakers are short-listed to vie for the award and are invited to the Dubai Film Market to present their projects.
Academy Award winner and IWC Friend of the Brand, Cate Blanchett, presented the first IWC Filmmaker Award in 2012 to Maysoon Pachachi, director of “Nothing Doing in Baghdad”. Cate Blanchett returned in 2013 to head the jury and presented the award to Emirati filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi, for his project “Dolphins” which enjoyed its world premiere at DIFF just one year later.
In 2014, Golden Globe Winner and IWC Schaffhausen brand ambassador Emily Blunt presented the IWC Filmmaker Award to Abdullah Boushahri for his film “The Water”, and in 2015, Academy Award nominated director Hany Abu-Assad presided over the jury and presented the IWC Filmmaker Award to Layla Kaylif, to bring her script “The Letter Writer” to the big screen. |n 2016, Head of the Jury Ali Suliman and actress Olga Kurylenko presented the fifth IWC Filmmaker Award to Abdullah Hassan Ahmed from the United Arab Emirates for his project “Sunrise".
IWC will present the award to the winner during the 14th Dubai International Film Festival, which will be held from 6th to 13th December, 2017.