Announced: Four Middle Eastern finalists for the 2017 IWC Filmmaker Award

Announced: Four Middle Eastern finalists for the 2017 IWC Filmmaker Award

Nayla Al Khaja, Mohamed Rashed Buali, Haifaa Al Mansour, Muzna Almusafer

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui

Editor: Shannon Wylie

Image: IWC

The IWC Filmmaker Awards has just shortlisted four finalists from the region and they are...

It's official! Gearing up for the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) this December, luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen — a partner for DIFF for its sixth consecutive year — has announced four finalists for its fifth filmmaker award. The four directors from the Middle East are set to present their works to a jury panel, which includes Cate Blanchett, with the winner receiving a cash prize of Dhs365,000 plus the opportunity to showcase their films on an international platform. 

This year's four finalists include Emirati director and screenwriter Nayla Al Khaja for the film Animal, Bahraini filmmaker Mohamed Rashed Buali, for his project Kombars; Saudi director Haifaa Al Mansour, for her feature Miss Camel; and Omani filmmaker Muzna Almusafer, who will showcase The Crown of Olives.  

Speaking about the prestigious honour, DIFF's Artistic Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali says: "The Gulf region is home to a diverse range of cultures and talented filmmakers eager to tell their stories. Our partnership with IWC Schaffhausen is vital in providing an opportunity for them on an international stage.” 

The Dubai International Film Festival is set to run from December 6-13, 2017 with the IWC Filmmaker Award to be presented on December 7, 2017. Now, discover the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.