Momentum for the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is mounting as luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen announces the three finalists for its fifth filmmaker award. Speaking about the prestigious honour, DIFF's Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali says: "The IWC Filmmaker Award takes promising local film projects to the next level and reflects all the values that our festival stands for.

This year's nominees include Qatari Hafiz Ali Ali as well as Emiratis Nujoom Alghanem and Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, who is making a return to the film festival after receiving the Best Script award in 2006. This time around, Ahmed will present his story idea titled Sunrise, about a father who's emotionally torn after his son's death at war. Meanwhile, Alghanem will present Salem, which focuses on two boys struggling to come to grips with tradition and modernity in the UAE. Ali will present his fantasy adventure The Search for the Star Pearl.

The winner, to be announced at the IWC gala dinner on December 8, will receive Dhs367,000 to produce the film for the silver screen. DIFF 2016 will run from December 7-14. Also don't miss the line-up of highly anticipated international films that will show at this year's event.